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Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree

  • What You Need to Know

    • In order to be successful in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, you must be able to demonstrate essential student functions.
    • Liability and clinical accidental insurance must be obtained through the college for a fee.
    • Students admitted to this program must have a physical examination by a licensed physician or an advanced RN practitioner verifying satisfactory health status and a dental examination verifying oral health status prior to entrance into the first session of the program. This must include all immunizations, tests, and health verifications tests, and health verifications as specified within contractual agreements with affiliating agencies. This may be required on an annual basis at the discretion of the program director.
    • Program requirements are subject to change. Students should check with a counselor, advisor or the program director.
    • Students transferring from another Physical Therapist Assistant or other health-related program must be in good standing in such program. Exceptions will be handled by the Provost's Office at the Health Education Center.
    • Complaints generated from the community that fall outside of the college's due process may be reported to either PTA Program Director Dr. Kory Thomas, PT, DPT or Dean of Health Programs Dr. Richard Flora.
  • Program Outcomes

      • Graduation Rate of Last Three Graduating Classes: 71.7% (2013-2015) 
        • Graduation rates are calculated by the program based on the percentage of students who matriculated in the first technical course in the program after the add/drop period and who completed the program. 
      • Performance on Licensure Examination: Overall passing rate of last three graduating classes: 100% (2013-2015) 
        • Licensure examination pass rates are based on results received from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (fsbpt). 
      • Employment Rate of last three graduating classes: 100% (2013-2015) 
        • Employment rates are based on self-reported data received from graduates, as well as supplemental data gathered by the program staff. 


    The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St. Petersburg College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org 

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    Helping people regain or attain the ability to walk and carry out daily activities can be very satisfying. As a physical therapist assistant, you're an integral part of a rehabilitation team that helps patients improve their quality of life by restoring physical function or preventing permanent disability.


  • Careers

    Our program prepares you to become a physical therapist assistant.

    You can find more information through Career One Stop and Florida's Labor Market Statistics Center.


    Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 46 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. This soaring demand is due in part to an increasing aging population, particularly baby boomers who are staying more active later in life than previous generations.

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 


    • Assisted living facilities
    • General and rehabilitation hospitals
    • Higher education centers
    • Home health agencies
    • Orthopedic/sports rehabilitation clinics
    • Pediatric health centers
    • Public schools
    • Rehabilitation equipment companies
    • Skilled nursing facilities
  • What You Will Learn

    • Diseases and problems commonly treated in physical therapy
    • The basics of therapies used, including therapeutic exercise, functional training and soft tissue massage
    • Legal and ethical responsibilities
    • Industry standards and safety regulations
  • Continuing Your Education

    This A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

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  • NameTitleLocationEmailPhone
    Dana HamiltonAdministrative Svcs SpecialistHealth Education CenterHamilton.Dana@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3611
    Kory ThomasProgram Director IIHealth Education Centerthomas.kory@spcollege.edu(727) 341-3612
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
    Associate in Science


    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

    Program Leadership Information

    Dr. Kory Thomas, Program Director, (727) 341-3612

    Program Summary

    Transferable to a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration at SPC.

    This program begins every August. All Physical Therapist Assistant courses (PHT course prefix) are offered only at the Health Education Center at 7200 66th St. N., Pinellas Park.

    Due to the time-intensive nature of the PTA program courses, it is highly recommended that students complete as many of the general education and support courses as possible prior to entry into the program. Candidates will also complete the Health Programs Application. It is recommended that all students applying to the PTA program see a counselor or advisor at the Health Education Center.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Admission Rules

    These courses must be completed prior to applying to the PTA Program:

    BSC 2085 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I (3 credits)
    PHI 1600 - ETHICS or (Honors) (3 credits)
    HSC 1531 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I (2 credits)
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency Requirement

    Grade of "C" or higher required for BSC 2085/L in order to progress to the first term of the PTA Program.

    Applicants must also complete 24 hours of observation in two different physical therapy settings (inpatient and outpatient).

    Cohorts are admitted in the fall with applications accepted from March 1 - May 15 .

    All Physical Therapist Assistant courses (PHT) are taken at the Health Education Center, 7200 66th St. N, Pinellas Park, FL.

    Due to the time-intensive nature of the PTA Program courses, it is highly recommended that you complete as many of the general education and support courses as possible before entering the program.

    Graduation Rules

    Grade of "C" or better required in all courses.

    Successful completion (78%) of a comprehensive program exam given at the end of the second year.

    Completion grade of comprehensive exam changed from 75% to 78% per Richard Flora (2/12/2016).

    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

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    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    Ethics (Complete 3 credits)

    PHI 1600Studies in Applied Ethics3

    Psychology (Select 3 credits)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for the AS degree.
    PSY 1012General Psychology3
    PSY 1012HHonors General Psychology3

    Anatomy and Physiology (Complete 8 credits)

    BSC 2085Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
    BSC 2085LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Lab I1
    BSC 2086Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
    BSC 2086LHuman Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II1

    Computer and Information Literacy Requirement (Complete 1 course)

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required. Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Computer Competency requirement for this AS degree.
    CGS 1070Basic Computer and Information Literacy1
    CGS 1100Computer Applications3
    EME 2040Introduction to Educational Technology3

    Complete 5 credits

    DEP 2004Developmental Psychology of the Life Span3
    HSC 1531Medical Terminology I2

    1st Term in Program

    PHT 1121Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology3
    PHT 1121LFunctional Anatomy and Kinesiology Laboratory2
    PHT 1200Introduction to Basic Patient Care3
    PHT 1200LBasic Patient Care Laboratory3

    2nd Term in Program

    PHT 1217Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures3
    PHT 1217LPhysical Therapy Principles and Procedures Laboratory3
    PHT 2252Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment3
    PHT 2252LOrthopedic Disabilities and Treatment Laboratory2

    3rd Term in Program

    PHT 1801LPhysical Therapy Clinical Practice I4

    4th Term in Program

    PHT 2162Neurological Disabilities and Treatment3
    PHT 2220Therapeutic Exercise in Physical Therapy2
    PHT 2220LTherapeutic Exercise in Physical Therapy Lab2

    5th Term in Program

    PHT 2810LPhysical Therapy Clinical Practice II4
    PHT 2931Trends in Physical Therapy2
    PHT 2820LPhysical Therapy Clinical Practice III4
    Total Credits74