The PT Assistant (PTA) is a skilled clinician who assists the registered Physical Therapist in health service agencies with the rehabilitation and treatment of patients disabled by illness, accident, or congenital conditions. Employing knowledge of the patient's condition, the assistant will administer physical agents to alleviate the presenting symptoms or will instruct the patient in specialized therapeutic exercise programs to restore the patient's functional abilities. PT Assisting is for you if you desire a physically active occupation and interact well with others.
Please visit the following American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) websites for more information about a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant:
You will be awarded an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assisting.
You must complete - with a grade of "C" or above - 74 credits to be awarded the AS degree.
Students do not need to have all of the general education courses completed to apply. Students received points in the admission process for completion of the PTA degree required general education courses with a grade of “C” or higher and additional points for the grades achieved in specific courses. Acceptance will depend upon where the student ranks among other students the year they apply. The academic achievements and points achieved by accepted students varies each year. Please refer to the Admissions Criteria and PTA Curriculum sections on the top left menu of this page for additional details.
Please see Program Map below for more information:
The program is five (5) semesters in length. It is considered a two-year curriculum. The first semester is scheduled in the Summer semester, starting in May, and consists of general education courses. For two consecutive years, the student will attend full-time day courses during the Fall and Spring semesters.
At both sites, admission is limited to available seats in the program. For exact time frames for the application period, check on the Health Sciences Admissions
page. Notification of a student’s acceptance into the program is confirmed after the deadline for applications and review of the applicant pool is completed. Students must monitor their BC student email account for communication from the admission department.
Yes. The Student Financial Services
office located on each campus can offer financial counseling to you and may be able to provide needed funds.
This is an online module that the students will complete once they have been officially accepted into the program. It provides the student an opportunity to interact with the various online requirements of the program and assists them in identifying their learning styles. Student must complete the module prior to the start of the August term. This course is completed once a student is accepted into the program.
Once accepted into the program the student must complete the following certificate course and must provide documentation that the course has been completed by August. Further instructions for completion of these certificates will be provided, to students who have been accepted into the program, during the Pre-Admission Orientation Meeting that occurs in the Spring. Students will be notified of this meeting once they have been accepted into the program.
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): Required 8 contact hours - The Basic Life Support CPR certification (BLS for Healthcare Providers) is valid for two (2) years following attendance and must be completed through the American Heart Association. No certification other than the American Heart Association's Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider will be accepted. CPR certification needs to be current during the 2 two years of the program.
The total cost of the program is approximately $11,000 for Florida residents and $29,000 for out-of-state applicants. The actual total cost is subject to change.
There is a required lab uniform, for all laboratory sessions, which is available for purchase at the College bookstore. Prior to attending clinical practicums, you will be required to purchase clinical uniforms, which will be available through the vendor designated by the Program.
Yes. To practice physical therapy in the State of Florida, you must have a license. Historically, the program has exceeded the national average with regard to pass rates on the licensing examination. Graduates are required to successfully complete a national and state examination in order to receive a license to practice in the State of Florida.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapist assistants is expected to grow by 45 percent from 2010 through 2020, which is much faster than average for all occupations because of increasing demand for physical therapy services. Job prospects for physical therapist assistants are expected to be very good.
You can find the information about Florida residency here
. Generally, you must have established and maintained legal residency in Florida for a minimum of twelve months prior to the first day of the term that you enter the College.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2010 Wages Survey, the mean annual salary for at PTA in the US is $52,320. Based on experience and employment setting, annual salaries ranged from $31,070 to $68,820. In the state of Florida, the mean salary was $55,280. For more information visit: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes312021.htm
In addition, Advance Healthcare Network
conducts a periodic survey of PT and PTA salaries, across the nation. Visit the following link for the most recent results for the Southern USA: PTSalarySurvey_South.pdf
Physical Therapist Assistants who wish to develop expertise in specialized areas such as sports medicine, pediatrics or geriatrics, can take the appropriate continuing education courses at BC or through other agencies in order to enhance their qualifications after their career is underway.
Executive Assistant for the Program:
For information on the Broward Site, contact:
Maria Holodak, Program Manager
North Campus, Building email@example.comFor information on the Edison State College Site, contact:
Jodi Gootkin, Site Coordinator
Edison State College
Lee Campus, Walker Hall, Afirstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. As part of the clinical practicum phase of the curriculum, you will be required to attend several clinical practicums including a full time practicum in the semester prior to graduation.
No. The program does not offer any type of job placement other than the posting of employment opportunities and the announcement of job fairs on the program's Alumni web site, which all graduates will have access to. The majority of our graduates receive job offers from clinics at which they completed one or more of their clinical practicums.
Broward College's Career Center
can assist students and graduates with preparing for employment and pursuing a position as a PTA.
The program begins each May with completion of several general education courses. Actual PHT courses begin each August.
A point system based on degree-required general education courses is utilized to rank applicants. Acceptance depends on where the student falls in the point ranking system with the top ranking students being accepted. Specifics regarding applying to the program are available on the Health Sciences Admissions page. The points system can be found on the Admissions website under "Step 1: Complete Program Pre-Requisites".
Once accepted to Broward College, students will receive a letter with their Student ID number. Students should utilize this Student ID number to log into their Broward Student Account at www.broward.edu to monitor transcript evaluations and their Limited Access Program Application. Students must also monitor their Broward Student Email account as that is where the admissions department will communicate with students regarding application status and program acceptance. The admissions and selection process is managed by the Health Sciences Admissions Department.
Please Note: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program does not oversee this process. For questions about your application or acceptance into the program, please contact the Health Sciences Admissions Department at email@example.com or by calling (954) 201 2892.