SPC'S PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT A.S. DEGREE PREPARES YOU FOR A NEW HEALTH CAREER

Ready to start a new, hands-on career as a Physical Therapist Assistant? SPC's Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree will prepare you to pass the national licensing exam through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Opportunities: 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.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Physical Therapist Assistants

Salary Data

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL MSA Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

5,320

2026

7,220

Percent Change

36

Projected Job Openings

930

FEATURES of SPC's Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree program

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN in the Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree at SPC

  • 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

Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science

PTA-AS

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
thomas.kory@spcollege.edu


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.

Florida CIP Code

1351080601:

Federal CIP Code

51.0806: Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant.


Admission Rules

Please review the Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Admission Guide.

The Admission Guide will outline the admission criteria specific to the Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. program as well as explain the timetable for evaluation and further admission correspondence. Please review this information carefully to ensure you submit a complete application at the appropriate time. Only students who satisfy all the application requirements and submit a complete application in accordance with the information detailed in the Admission Guide will be considered for admission.

Students must be currently enrolled in or have completed the following courses with grades of "C" or better:

BSC 2085 HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY I (3 credits)
BSC 2085L HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY LABORATORY I (1 credit)
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).

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
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.

SUPPORT COURSES
Ethics (Complete 3 credits)

PHI 1600 Studies in Applied Ethics 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Psychology (Select 3 credits)

Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for the AS degree.
PSY 1012 General Psychology 3
PSY 1012H Honors General Psychology 3

SUPPORT COURSES
Anatomy and Physiology (Complete 8 credits)

BSC 2085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
BSC 2085L Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I 1
BSC 2086 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
BSC 2086L Human Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory II 1

SUPPORT COURSES
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 1070 Basic Computer and Information Literacy 1
CGS 1100 Computer Applications 3
CGS 1309 Computer and Information Technology Concepts 3
EME 2040 Introduction to Educational Technology 3
MUM 1001 Apple Macintosh Foundations 1

SUPPORT COURSES
Complete 5 credits

DEP 2004 Developmental Psychology of the Life Span 3
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology I 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
1st Term in Program

PHT 1121 Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
PHT 1121L Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Laboratory 2
PHT 1200 Introduction to Basic Patient Care 3
PHT 1200L Basic Patient Care Laboratory 3

MAJOR CORE COURSES
2nd Term in Program

PHT 1217 Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures 3
PHT 1217L Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures Laboratory 3
PHT 2252 Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment 3
PHT 2252L Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment Laboratory 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
3rd Term in Program

PHT 1801L Physical Therapy Clinical Practice I 4

MAJOR CORE COURSES
4th Term in Program

PHT 2162 Neurological Disabilities and Treatment 3
PHT 2220 Therapeutic Exercise in Physical Therapy 2
PHT 2220L Therapeutic Exercise in Physical Therapy Lab 2

MAJOR CORE COURSES
5th Term in Program

PHT 2810L Physical Therapy Clinical Practice II 4
PHT 2931 Trends in Physical Therapy 2
PHT 2820L Physical Therapy Clinical Practice III 4
Total Credits 74

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • Students accepted into the program will be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screening.
  • 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.

RESOURCES

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

    • Graduation rate of last two graduating classes: 87.25% (2017-2018); No data for 2019 at this time
      • 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 exam: Overall passing rate of last two graduating classes: 100% (2017-2018); No data for 2019 at this time
      • Licensure examination pass rates are based on results received from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)
    • Employment rate of last two graduating classes: 100% (2017-2018); No data for 2019 at this time
      • Employment rates are based on self-reported data received from graduates, as well as supplemental data gathered by the program staff

Program Accreditation

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 

CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION at SPC

This Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree prepares you for the national licensing exam and transfers to our Health Services Administration B.A.S. degree.

HEALTH CONTINUING EDUCATION

SPC also offers health continuing education through the Workforce Institute.

Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree

Program Admissions

Program Admission Guide