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.

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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

Projected employment for Florida

2021 Employment

7,240

2031

10,300

Percent Change

42

Projected Job Openings

1340

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: Fall 2022 (610)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2022 (610), 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 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.

Graduation Requirements

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.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Composition- Core
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.
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AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Social and Behavioral Sciences- Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing POS 2041 or POS 2041H or AMH 2020 or AMH 2020H will satisfy the course component of the Civic Literacy Requirement.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Humanities and Fine Arts-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Mathematics-Core
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.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Civic Literacy
Competency may be demonstrated by completing at least one course from the approved General Education Civic Literacy coursework below (minimum grade of "C" required) AND satisfactory completion of an assessment (exam). This requirement is in compliance with Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code.
SUPPORT COURSES Ethics (Complete 3 credits)
SUPPORT COURSES Psychology (Select 3 credits)
Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social and Behavioral Science requirement for the AS degree.
SUPPORT COURSES Anatomy and Physiology (Complete 8 credits)
Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Natural Science Core requirement for this AS degree.
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.
MAJOR CORE COURSES 3rd Term in Program

Total Credits:
74
Academic Pathways The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term,
VIEW THE RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PATHWAY

If you have already started the program,
VIEW THE ARCHIVED ACADEMIC PATHWAYS

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Program Leadership Information
Dr. Kory Thomas
Program Director
thomas.kory@spcollege.edu
727.341.3612

Florida CIP Code

1351080601: ()

Federal CIP Code

51.0806: Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant.

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 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  Deanna Stentiford.

RESOURCES

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Graduation rate of last two graduating classes: 80.6% (2022-2021)
    • 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 ultimate passing rate of last two graduating classes: 92.4% (2022-2021); 2022 percentage reflects the number of students who have attempted the exam at this time. First time pass rate of last two graduating classes:  86.85% (2022-2021); 88.5% (2022), 85.2% (2021).
    • 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: 95.5% (2021-2020). 2022: No data available 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), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 727-341-3612 or email thomas.kory@spcollege.edu.

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 Admission Guides

Please review the program admission guide to ensure your eligibility prior to applying below.


Begin program Application

Please answer the following questions to apply to our Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree program.

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New student at SPC

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Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be posted and evaluated by the application deadline.

Cumulative GPA

College level Reading, Writing, and Math

Minimum of a 2.50 GPA on a 4.00 scale

Computer Information Literacy Competency

Program Admission Questions

Observation Hours Required

In order to be admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program, you must complete a minimum of 24 hours of observation, volunteer service, or work experience in a physical therapy department verified by a Physical Therapist or a Physical Therapist Assistant. The hours must be completed in at least two different types of settings: inpatient and outpatient.

Required Admissions Interview in June

If qualified, you will be required to attend an admissions interview for the program in June.

Minimum 3.5 GPA in Pre-Entry Courses

Due to the high volume of applications for this limited access program, you must have a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the following pre-entry courses to progress to the interview stage of the application process:

  • BSC 2085 & 2085L – Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and Lab
  • PHI 1600 – Applied Ethics
  • HSC 1531 – Medical Terminology

SPC Application

You will need to complete the SPC Application and pay the non-refundable fee.

Readmission Steps

You will need to complete the readmission steps.

Official Transcripts Required

Please submit official, unopened (sealed) high school transcripts or GED transcripts as well as those from all regionally-accredited college(s) and universities currently or previously attended. If you completed an A.A.S. degree or higher at a regionally-accredited institution, we won't need your high school transcripts. Learn more about transcripts.

Cumulative GPA Requirement

You will need a cumulative GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale in all postsecondary coursework for admission. Please review the admission guide and reach out to your academic advisor.

College Level Reading, Writing, and Math Requirement

This health program requires students to be at college level in Reading, Writing, and Math. Please see your academic advisor for additional details.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the curriculum for approved options that meet this requirement.

Program Admission Requirements

Please review the Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Admission Guide for pre-entry requirements.

Program Admission Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA for the Pre-Entry, General Education and Support Courses of the Respiratory Care Curriculum. If you are unsure of your GPA, please review the admission guide for pre-entry requirements and contact your academic advisor.

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Application Windows

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