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Eligibility

To qualify for enrollment in BC's Physical Therapist Assistant program you must: 
  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Have at least a 2.5 grade point average (degree GPA)
  • Have a “C” or higher in all degree required courses
  • Complete as many of the general education courses (especially the anatomy and physiology courses) as possible
  • Submit a completed Health Science Limited Access Application for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program
How to Apply
Submit transcripts of all high schools, colleges and universities

 

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All interested applicants must apply to Broward College AND the PTA Program AND send transcripts from ALL other institutions they attended. This includes courses completed at Edison State College or other institutions. 

Once you have been accepted into the program, students are required to complete an Online Test Drive module and attend a mandatory on-campus Program Orientation.

 

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This is an online module that the students will complete once they have been officially accepted into the program.  It is an opportunity to interact with the various online requirements of the program.  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.

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At both sites, admission is limited to available seats in the program. 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.

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Yes. The Student Financial Services office located on each campus can offer financial counseling to you and may be able to provide needed funds.

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Once accepted into the program the student must complete the following certificate courses and must provide documentation that the certificates have been completed by August. The certificate courses MUST be taken at Broward College and the number of hours for each certificate must be met.  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. Broward College's course number is HSC 0405

AIDS/HIV: Required 4 contact hours - The student must have current evidence of attending an HRS approved four (4) hour AIDS/HIV Seminar, prior to attending the first clinical practicum (PHT 1801L). Broward College's course number is HSC 0591

Domestic Violence Certification: Required 2 contact hours - Broward College's course number is HSC 0691

OSHA/TB/Blood-borne Pathogens Certification: Required 6 contact hours - Broward College's course number is HSC 0522

Prevention of Medical Errors: Required 2 contact hours - Broward College's course number is HSC 0528

 

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The total cost of the program is approximately $10,107.02 for Florida residents and $28,984.42 for out-of-state applicants. The actual total cost is subject to change. See the table below for a breakdown of costs. 

 
Fees*
Resident
Non-Resident
Application to College
$ 35.00
$ 35.00
Application to Program
$ 20.00
$ 20.00
Required Certificates
$ 206.47
$ 206.47
Tuition fee per credit hour
$ 101.90
$ 357.00
Tuition for PHT courses only – 54 credits
$ 5,502.60
$ 19,278.00
Total Tuition for the program – 74 credits
$ 7,540.60
$ 26,418
Total Program Fees
$ 7,802.07
$ 26679.47
 
 
 
Miscellaneous Fees*
Resident
Non-Resident
Health Science Accident Insurance
$ 9.95
$ 9.95
Liability Insurance
$ 12.00
$ 12.00
Texts for core courses
$ 1000.00
$ 1000.00
Drug Screening - First and Second Year
$ 58.00
$ 58.00
Background Check - First and Second Year
$ 140.00
$ 140.00
Lab and Clinical Fees
$ 405.00
$ 405.00
Student Membership in APTA/FPTA
$ 170.00
$ 170.00
Physical Examination with Vaccines (approx.)
$ 250.00
$ 250.00
Uniforms – clinical and lab
$ 175.00
$ 175.00
Professional meeting registration
$ 60.00
$ 60.00
Miscellaneous (graduation fee, etc.)
$ 25.00
$ 25.00
Total program fees
$ 2,304.95
$ 2,304.95
 
 
 
Overall Cost of the Program
$ 10,107.02
$ 28,984.42
 
 
 
After graduation:  Licensure Fees**
$ 680.60
$ 680.60
**Includes DOH, FSBPT and Testing Center Fees
 
 
* Fees are best estimates and are subject to change

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The program begins each May with completion of several general education courses.  Actual PHT courses begin each August.

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A point system based on degree-required general education courses and residency is utilized to rank applicants.  Acceptance depends on where the student falls in the point ranking system with the top ranking students being accepted. Points are calculated as follows: 

Degree GPA
Points
GPA Range
4
3.5 to 4.0
2
3.0 to 3.4
1
2.5 to 2.9

Completion of General Education Courses related to the curriculum
Points
Course Number
Course Title
4
BSC 1085
Anatomy and Physiology I
4
BSC 1085L
Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
4
BSC 1086
Anatomy and Physiology II
4
BSC 1086L
Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
HSC 1531
Medical Terminology
2
ENC 1101
Composition
2
PSY 2012
Introduction to Psychology
2
 
Humanities Elective

Residency
Points
 
4
Resident of Broward County
or
Resident of Counties Served by ESC
2
Resident elsewhere within Florida
1
Out of State resident

 

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Once accepted to Broward College, you will receive a letter with their Student ID number. Use this Student ID number to log into your Broward College Student Account to monitor transcript evaluations and your Limited Access Program Application.  

You must also monitor your Broward student email account as that is where the admissions department will communicate with you 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. Contact info can be found in the Contact Us section below.

 

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Yes, students accepted into both the Broward and Edison locations are considered one class of students taking courses simultaneously and adhering to the admissions criteria for Broward College. Once accepted to the program, Edison site students are considered Broward College students and pay tuition to Broward, who issues their degree upon graduation.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is delivered to students at Broward College (BC) and Edison State College (ESC) via distance learning technology. Lectures are broadcast in real time so that all sites participate in lecture classes together. The classrooms are equipped with TV monitors, video cameras, and microphones so that students and instructors can communicate similar to a webcam where interactions are instantaneous. E-Learning web sites are utilized for all courses to provide course materials, complete assignments, and extend discussions on content. The program also incorporates several fully online courses. The individual sites manage lab sessions with instructors physically present at both locations.

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For students who are new to college, yes. You should apply to Edison State College and complete their admissions process including any required testing. Once it is determined if you are ready for college preparatory courses or if you can begin college level courses, you will enroll at Edison as an AA student and begin completing the general education courses toward the PTA degree. At the time you are ready to apply to the PTA Program, you will follow the Broward College and PTA Program admissions procedures. 

For students who have some but not all of the general education courses required for the degree completed, you will still need to apply to Edison State College and have your transcripts evaluated. Then you will complete the remaining general education courses at Edison as an AA student. At the time you are ready to apply to the PTA Program, you will follow the Broward College and PTA Program admissions procedures.
 
For students who have all of the general education courses required for the degree completed, it is not necessary to apply to ESC. There are no additional courses that you would need to take at ESC however, at the time you are ready to apply to the PTA Program, you will follow the Broward College and PTA Program admissions procedures.
 
Please note that any courses that are transferred to Broward College, for the PTA degree, require an original transcript from the institution where the course was completed, including Edison State College. Courses must meet the BC PTA AS degree requirements. Students should refer to the current Broward College Catalog for additional details.

 

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While completing general education courses at Edison State College as an AA student, students should meet with the Edison Financial Aid department to determine eligibility. For the term when the student anticipates acceptance into the Broward College PTA Program, the student should indicate Broward as the institution on Financial Aid paperwork and communicate with the Financial Aid department at Broward.

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Yes, you will need to travel to the Broward campus located in Coconut Creek, Florida on a few occasions once accepted to the program. If offered a seat in the program, you will attend a pre-admissions meeting in the spring prior to the May start of the program. Shortly following that meeting, you will return to the Broward campus to complete a Background Check that will be scheduled at your convenience. The final trip to Broward is for the Program Orientation in the Summer term, prior to the start of the PTA course. From that point forward, courses are attended on the Edison Lee Campus or at a local clinical facility in our service district.

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