Physical Therapist Assistant

2232: A.S. Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (74 Credit Hours)

CIP: 51.0806
FL CIP: 1351080601
SOC: 31-2021
Entry Wage: $17.84/hour

The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs are directly involved in patient treatment, performing such duties as applying physical agents, and designing and carrying out exercise programs. They provide direct patient care of individuals who experience temporary or permanent disability due to pain, injury, disease or birth defects.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at the College of Central Florida is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Telephone 703-706-3245, email address accreditation@apta.org, website http://www.apta.org/CAPTE. The PTA program graduate must take and pass a state-administered national examination in order to become licensed and eligible to practice.

Please note that completion of the PTA program does not guarantee entry into a physical therapy program. The PTA course work (technical phase) does not transfer to most physical therapy schools.

This is a limited access program with deadlines to apply. Application directions are distributed at the required information sessions. Call 352-873-5817 for dates and times of information sessions or view online at http://www.cf.edu/health/.

The program policies including attendance, grading, clinical behaviors and readmission guidelines are found in the student handbook that each student obtains once admitted to the PTA program.

More information can be found at the Physical Therapist Assistant Program website at http://www.cf.edu/departments/instruction/health/pta/.

General Education Courses

Course No.

Course Title

Credits

BSC 2085C

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4

ENC 1101

Freshman Composition Skills I

3

PSY 2012

General Psychology

3

PHT 2342

Medical Terminology for the Physical Therapist Assistant

2

BSC 2086C

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4

MAT 1033

Intermediate Algebra or Higher-level Mathematics

3

DEP 2004

Human Growth and Development

3

One of the following options: (To satisfy Social Science and Humanities requirements)

ISS 1013

Introduction to the Social Sciences and

 

HUM 1020

Introduction to the Humanities

 

 

OR

 

WOH 2012

World Civilizations I and either

 

HUM 1020

Introduction to the Humanities or

 

HUM 1230

Introduction to the Humanities: Since the Renaissance

6

 

OR

 

WOH 2022

World Civilizations II and either

 

HUM 1020

Introduction to the Humanities or

 

HUM 1210

Introduction to the Humanities: To the Renaissance

 

 

Total

28

Program Core Courses

PHT 1000

Introduction to Physical Therapy

2

PHT 1014

Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant

1

PHT 1130C

Data Collection Skills for the PTA

3

PHT 1175C

Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology

3

PHT 1210C

Therapeutic Modalities I

3

PHT 1225C

Therapeutic Procedures

3

PHT 1300

Survey of Pathological Deficits

4

PHT 1212C

Therapeutic Modalities II

3

PHT 1801L

PTA Clinical Lab I

2

PHT 1802L

PTA Clinical Lab II

2

PHT 2227C

Disabilities and Therapeutic Procedures II

3

PHT 2162C

Rehabilitation Procedures

4

PHT 2931

Trends in Physical Therapy

1

PHT 2810

Clinical Practice II

6

PHT 2820

Clinical Practice III

6

 

Total Credit Hours

74

Note:

  • All Health Sciences candidates must undergo a criminal background check. Candidates with a criminal record may not be eligible for any CF Health Sciences program.
  • When more qualified students apply than can be accepted, those not accepted to the program are admitted to future classes.
  • Upon acceptance into the program, a medical examination and proof of immunization are required.
  • All students are responsible for their own health/hospitalization insurance. Professional liability insurance is included in college fees.
  • It is necessary that students have reliable transportation to the assigned hospitals and clinical facilities.