2016-2017 Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S.

2232: A.S. Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (74 Credit Hours)

CIP: 51.0806

FL CIP: 1351080601

SOC: 31-2021

This is a limited-access program. Please consult CF.edu/limitedaccess for information on limited-access programs.

The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs are directly involved in patient treatment, performing such duties as applying physical agents, and designing and carrying out exercise programs. They provide direct patient care of individuals who experience temporary or permanent disability due to pain, injury, disease or birth defects.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a limited-access program. A limited-access program is one in which both program admission and course registration are restricted to a certain number of students meeting predetermined criteria. Limited-access status is justified when student demand exceeds available resources or accreditation requirements (i.e., student/faculty ratios, instructional facilities and equipment, clinical sites) or the nature of the program calls for specific admission requirements. Limited-access programs have admissions processes and criteria beyond general college admissions. While any student meeting the minimum criteria is encouraged to apply, not all applicants may be accepted.

Criteria for Application 

  • Be admitted to CF in good standing.
  • Grade of C or higher and 2.75 GPA or higher in required general education courses.
  • Completion of the PSB Health Occupations Reading Comprehension Aptitude Examination with 40th percentile rank or above on the reading comprehension portion. 
  • Completion of 16 hours of observation in two different physical therapy settings: 8 hours in a long-term care/subacute care setting and 8 hours in an outpatient physical therapy setting. 
  • A reflective journal on the observation experience. 

Once a student is accepted into the program these additional criteria apply. 

  • Criminal background check.
  • Physical examination, student health history form, student immunization record and proof of drug screen.
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification for the Healthcare Provider.
  • Blood Borne Pathogens – AIDS Education.
  • Attendance at a PTA program new student orientation.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at the College of Central Florida is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, CAPTE, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Telephone 703-706-3245, email address accreditation@apta.org, website http://www.apta.org/CAPTE. The PTA program graduate must take and pass a state-administered national examination in order to become licensed and eligible to practice.

Please note that completion of the PTA program does not guarantee entry into a physical therapy program. The PTA course work (technical phase) does not transfer to most physical therapy schools.

Application directions are explained at the required information sessions. Call 352-873-5817 for dates and times of information sessions or view at CF.edu/health.

The program policies including attendance, grading, clinical behaviors and readmission guidelines are found in the student handbook that each student obtains once admitted to the PTA program.

Requirements

General Education Courses

ENC 1101Freshman Composition Skills I**

3

PSY 2012General Psychology

3

PHT 2342Medical Terminology for the Physical Therapist Assistant

2

HLP 1081Personal Wellness Appraisal and Improvement

3

DEP 2004Human Growth and Development**

3

BSC 2085Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

BSC 2085LHuman Anatomy and Physiology I Lab

1

BSC 2086Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

BSC 2086LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Lab

1

One of the following:

STA 2023Elementary Statistics**

3

STA 2023HHonors Elementary Statistics**

3

One of the following:

ARH 1000Art Appreciation

3

HUM 1020Introduction to the Humanities

3

LIT 1000Introduction to Literature

3

MUL 1010Music Appreciation

3

PHI 2010Introduction to Philosophy

3

THE 1000Introduction to the Theatre

3

Program Core Courses

PHT 1000Introduction to Physical Therapy

2

PHT 1014Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant

1

PHT 1130CData Collection Skills for the PTA

3

PHT 1175CFunctional Anatomy and Kinesiology

3

PHT 1210CTherapeutic Modalities I

3

PHT 1225CTherapeutic Procedures

3

PHT 1300Survey of Pathological Deficits

4

PHT 1212CTherapeutic Modalities II

3

PHT 1801LPTA Clinical Laboratory I

2

PHT 1802LPTA Clinical Laboratory II

2

PHT 2227CDisabilities and Therapeutic Procedures II

3

PHT 2162CRehabilitation Procedures

4

PHT 2931Trends in Physical Therapy

1

PHT 2810Clinical Practice II

6

PHT 2820Clinical Practice III

6

Total Credit Hours: 74

Note: It is necessary that students have reliable transportation to the assigned hospitals and clinical facilities.