A Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant
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.
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2017 Wages Survey, the mean annual salary for at PTA in the US is $57,430. Based on experience and employment setting, annual salaries ranged from $35,930 to $79,380. In the state of Florida, the mean salary was $62,710. For more information visit: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes312021.htm
General Program Information
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.
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.
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.
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
Yes. The Student Financial Services office located on each campus can offer financial counseling to you and may be able to provide needed funds.
The total cost of the program is approximately $12,000 for Florida residents and $31,000 for out-of-state applicants. The actual total cost is 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. Once you are accepted into the Program, you will be given specific information about purchasing the correct uniform.
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
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.
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".
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (954) 201 2892.
Florida SouthWestern State College Students
After You Are Accepted Into the Program
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.
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.
Graduation and Beyond
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.
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.
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.
For information Contact:
The following questions should be directed to the Health Science Admissions Department at 954-201-6056 or email@example.com
Please see the other FAQs for general information, related to the Admissions process.
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.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-201-2091
Nora Powell, Dean
email@example.com or 954-201-2060
If you are a clinical site, interested in mentoring our students, please contact the program's Director of Clinical Education (DCE):