Physical Therapist Assistant
2232: A.S. Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (74 Credit Hours)
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 is a limited access program. A limited access program is one in which both program admission and course registration are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Limited access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources or accreditation requirements (i.e., student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities and equipment, clinical sites) or the nature of the program calls for specific admission requirements. Limited access programs have admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. While any student meeting the minimum criteria is encouraged to apply, not all applicants may be accepted.
Criteria for Application
Once a student is accepted into the program these additional criteria apply.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Application directions are explained at the required information sessions. Call 352-873-5817 for dates and times of information sessions or view at 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 CF.edu/health.
General Education Courses
Program Core Courses