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Physical Therapist Assistant

Welcome to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA-AS) Program

The physical therapist assistant is a skilled technical health care worker, who under the supervision of a registered physical therapist carries out a planned patient care program. Duties of the physical therapist assistant include: training patients in exercise and activities of daily living; conducting treatments utilizing special equipment; assisting in performing tests, evaluations and treatment procedures; and observing the patient's responses and reporting to the supervising physical therapist. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Pensacola State College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Student Outcomes

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association through 2014.
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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Pensacola State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

telephone: 703-706-3245

email: accreditation@apta.org

website: http://www.capteonline.org

Special Requirements:

Student enrollment in the program is limited. The number of students in each class shall be determined by the availability of space, equipment, qualified faculty and hospital and clinical facilities necessary for a meaningful education. Only one class per year is accepted. Program acceptance is based on selection from all qualified applicants meeting the minimum criteria on a first-qualified/first served basis. After the allotted seats for each class are filled, the applicants meeting the minimum criteria will be guaranteed a seat in the next starting class. All applicants who meet the established criteria will be accepted into the program. However, not all will be guaranteed seats in the class of their choice if the application is not completed in a timely fashion. Minimum requirements for eligibility to the program include high school diploma or GED. Applications for both the College and program must be complete and the appropriate transcripts must be on file. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and have completed prerequisite course work with "C's" or better. Finally, applicants must provide documentation of 48 hours of observation of physical therapy in three different venues. Final admission to the program is contingent upon submission of a satisfactory federal background check and a drug screen. Admissions information packets are available on the Pensacola State College website. Contact the PTA program director, Cena Harmon, at (850) 484-2303 or the Admissions Office for details at (850) 484-2210.

Note: W 00753 CPR for Health Care Providers must be taken prior to starting clinical. All courses must be completed with a minimum "C" or higher grade.

The following courses must be completed with a minimum "C" or higher grade prior to any core courses of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

*If applicable, any documents related to this program of study can be found listed under the Documents section on this web page.

*We strongly encourage you to contact the Pensacola State Allied Health Department for assistance in planning your program of study.

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Dept. Head / Faculty
Department Head:
Christa Ruber
(850) 484-2308

Program Manager:
Cena M. Harmon
(850) 484-2303

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