Physical Therapist Assistant

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Program Description

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Taylor College will train students to acquire the knowledge, clinical competency, and integrity to positively impact their patients and their profession. The 72-credit curriculum includes general education and technical physical therapist assistant courses as well as practical clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to apply to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for the Physical Therapist Assistant (in accordance with the regulations set forth in the Florida Board of Physical Therapy Practice Act, Chapter 486.102 and Chapter 64B17-3) to become licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Physical Therapist Assistants function as members of the health care team providing patient care under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. They provide treatment to patients with various diagnoses to relieve pain and/or improve function. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, rehabilitation centers, school systems, sports teams, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and other qualified facilities.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (352)245-4119 or email stacy.campbell@taylorcollege.edu.

Program Courses

Course Titles Credits
English Composition 3
General College Mathematics 3
Psychology 3
Introduction to Ethics 3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
Introduction to Physical Therapy Lab 1
Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab 2
Fundamentals of Treatment I 3
Fundamentals of Treatment I Lab 2
Pathophysiology 2
Therapeutic Modalities 2
Therapeutic Modalities Lab 1
Fundamentals of Treatment II 4
Fundamentals of Treatment II Lab 2
Physical Therapy Clinical Education I 4
Pharmacology 2
Concepts in Physical Therapy I 2
Concepts in Physical Therapy I Lab 1
Fundamentals of Treatment III 5
Fundamentals of Treatment III Lab 1
Physical Therapy Clinical Education II 4
Concepts in Physical Therapy II 2
Concepts in Physical Therapy II Lab 1
Physical Therapy Clinical Education III 6
Total Credits 72

*Some courses included in this program are instructed in a distance learning (online) format.

Physical Therapist Assistant Accreditation Information

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
www.capteonline.org

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Taylor College is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22317; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 352-245-4119 or email stacy.campbell@taylorcollege.edu.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (352)245-4119 or email stacy.campbell@taylorcollege.edu.

Employment Outlook

As a prospective student, we hope you can review each of our program's details and find the one that best suits you. As you prepare for a future in the healthcare industry, please find the following industry-related occupation statistics useful in your research:

All employment outlook statistics were referenced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, please visit the website at www.bls.gov

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Physical Therapist Program Outcome Data 2019

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Program Details

Program length: 5 Semesters, 20 Months

Program size: 24 students per program (program offered once a year in January)

Observation hours: The Physical Therapist Assistant program requires the completion of 8 documented observation hours in a Physical Therapy Setting

Graduates earn an Associate of Science Degree


The encouragement and dedication I received from the staff of Taylor College is what helped me get through to the end.

Paula K., Graduate