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FAQs - Physical Therapist Assistant



A Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant

What exactly is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

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:
  • PTA Profiles
  • PTA Career Overview


What does the current job market look like?

​​According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapist assistants is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2016 through 2026, 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.

General Program Information

Is the Program accredited?

​The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Broward College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This includes the expansion site at Florida SouthWestern State College.


What type of degree do I receive?

You will be awarded an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assisting.

How many credits are in the Program?

​You must complete - with a grade of "C" or above - 74 credits to be awarded the AS degree.

What courses must I complete prior to applying?
Points will be awarded in several categories including completion of general education courses, however, there are no courses required prior to submitting Limited Access Application. The more points accrued, the greater the chance of getting into the program. For the 2016 Physical Therapist Assistant Program, students who were admitted had between 64 and 76 points.  
Please see Program Map below for more information:


What is the length of the Program?

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.

Will I be attending clinical practicums in local hospitals or other health care agencies as part of my course requirements?

​​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.  Practicum courses are taken concurrently with on campus lab and lecture courses.

Clinical Practicum I: 16 hours per week for 7.5 weeks in the Winter semester of the first year (Tuesday and Thursday)

Clinical Practicum II: 24 hours per week for 12.5 weeks in the Fall semester of the second year (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

Clinical Practicum III: 40 hours per week for 7.5 weeks during the Winter semester of the second year (Monday - Friday)

Cost of the Program

Is financial assistance available?

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

What is the approximate total cost for the Program, including tuition, books, uniforms, etc.?

The total cost of the program is approximately $12,000 for Florida residents and $29,000 for out-of-state applicants. The actual total cost is subject to change.

For more information regarding Tuition Payment Plan.

Will I need to purchase uniforms for the Program?

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. Once you are accepted into the Program, you will be given specific information about purchasing the correct uniform.

What are the Florida resident requirements, as it relates to tuition?

​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.

Admission to the Program

Should I submit my application by a certain date?

​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.

How do you determine who is accepted into the Program?

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".

What is the Program's role in the Admissions process?

​The Program, its administration, and faculty have no role in the actual application and acceptance process.  The Health Science Admissions Department accepts all applications, ranks students according to the published points system, and accepts the new class of students.  At this time, the Program receives a list of the newly accepted students.  The PTA Program has no input into who is accepted each year.

How do I know if my application is complete and if I have been accepted into the Program?

​​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 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 or by calling (954) 201 2892.

After You Are Accepted Into the Program

What is the PTA Student Success Seminar?

This is an online course that students are recommended to 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. 

What certificates are required for the Program and when should they be completed?

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 this certificate 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

Graduation and Beyond

Do I need to take a licensing examination after I graduate?

​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.  Other states may have additional requirements. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, provides a link to all licensing authorities, within the country.

Does Broward College offer continuing education courses for Physical Therapist Assistants who want to specialize in a particular area of the field?

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.

Does the Program provide job placement services?

​​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.

The College has an active Career Center which assists PTA students with preparing for employment and accessing career opportunities.

Contact Us 

Who can I contact if I have a general question about the Program?

For information Contact:

Elizabeth Ordonez, Program Manager 

​Administrative Assistant for the Program:
Les Honeycutt
Who can I contact if I have a question about applying or being admitted to the Program?

​The following questions should be directed to the Health Science Admissions Department at 954-201-6056 or

  • Has my application been received?
  • Is my application complete?

Please see the other FAQs for general information, related to the Admissions process.

Who can I contact if I have a question about my transcripts or educational plan?

As part of the application process, you will submit transcripts, which will be evaluated.  If you wish to have your transcripts evaluated, in addition to the Program application process, you can contact Academic Advising at any Broward College campus.

In addition, an academic advisor can help you develop an educational plan that is right for you.



Who can I contact if I am a member of the general public and want to make a comment about the PTA Program?

Primary Contact:

Leslie Honeycutt​ or 954-201-2091

Who can I contact if I want to become a clinical affiliate?

If you are a clinical site, interested in mentoring our students, please contact the program's Director of Clinical Education (DCE):

Tania Johansen


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