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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

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 ptaprogramdirector@taylorcollege.edu.

Your Role as a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain movement, and manage pain. PTAs are responsible for implementing patient treatment plans through a variety of techniques such as therapeutic exercises, stretching, balance training, and soft tissue mobilization. Physical agents commonly used include ultrasound, electrical stimulation, lumbar and cervical traction, hydrotherapy, and diathermy. PTAs educate patients on the use of special equipment, such as a TENS unit, as part of their treatment plan. Other functions include preparing the treatment area, cleaning equipment, scheduling appointments, and ordering supplies.

Most Physical Therapist Assistants work in physical therapy clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health care and academia.

Program Details

20

Month Program Length

*Hybrid programs combine a supportive, hands-on, campus-based education environment with the independence and flexibility of online learning.

The Taylor College Advantage

  • Clinical Training​

    At Taylor College, our focus is on your success. Employment is the goal. The 20-month (across 5 semester) Physical Therapist Assistant program includes 680 hours of clinical training. 200 hours of training during your 3rd semester, 200 hours of training during your 4th semester, and 280 hours of training during your 5th semester will consist of working onsite in actual physical therapy departments and clinics. During this special real-world training you'll have an opportunity to shadow qualified professionals and apply the skills you've learned during your campus labs, working with actual patients. A dedicated clinical coordinator works closely with students to help match clinical sites best suited for their location and schedules.

  • Fully Equipped Labs​

    Taylor College provides labs that are fully equipped with the tools and equipment that you can expect to be using in your job as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

  • Qualified Instructors

    Physical Therapist Assistant courses are taught by instructors who have a minimum of Bachelor of Science or Arts degree. In addition, every instructor is required to have at least 3 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant. Students benefit from the real-world experience from instructors who have worked in the field.

Careers In Focus - Physical Therapist Assistant

If you enjoy helping others and are interested in a physically active career, you should consider a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). PTAs work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients recover from injuries and illnesses, regain movement, and manage pain. Check out our infographic to find out what you’ll do, where you’ll work and the career opportunity for a PTA!

Get Physical Therapist Assistant Jobs with Your Taylor College Education

With a Taylor College education, you’ll have opportunities to apply for physical therapist assistant jobs to some of the most highly sought-after medical employers in the state. Here are just a few of the companies who have hired our graduates:

  • Buffalo Crossings Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
  • Chatham Glen Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center
  • Cora Physical Therapy
  • Life Care Center of Ocala
  • Rehab Staffing Solutions
  • Strive! Physical Therapy Center at Ocala Health

Did You Know...

Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists and help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses to regain movement and manage pain.

Physical Therapist Assistants

29.6% expected growth rate in Florida from 2018 to 2028
http://www.floridajobs.org/workforce-statistics/data-center/statistical-programs/employment-projections

32% expected growth rate nationwide from 2020 to 2030
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physical-therapist-assistants-and-aides.htm#tab-6

Additional Information

Physical Therapist Assistant Accreditation Information

National Level

Taylor College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

ABHES is recognized by the Secretary of Education as a national accrediting body determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered by the educational institutions and programs it accredits. Its approved and recognized scope includes degree and non-degree granting private, postsecondary institutions offering educational programs predominantly in allied health; and the programmatic accreditation of medical assistant, medical laboratory technician, and surgical technology programs. When you attend an ABHES-accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality.

 

Programmatic Approval

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Taylor College is Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 352-245-4119 or email ptaprogramdirector@taylorcollege.edu..

Program Courses

Course TitlesCredits
English Composition3
General College Mathematics3
Psychology3
Introduction to Ethics3
Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
Introduction to Physical Therapy2
Introduction to Physical Therapy Lab1
Anatomy and Kinesiology3
Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab2
Fundamentals of Treatment I3
Fundamentals of Treatment I Lab2
Pathophysiology2
Therapeutic Modalities2
Therapeutic Modalities Lab1
Fundamentals of Treatment II4
Fundamentals of Treatment II Lab2
Physical Therapy Clinical Education I4
Pharmacology2
Concepts in Physical Therapy I2
Concepts in Physical Therapy I Lab1
Fundamentals of Treatment III5
Fundamentals of Treatment III Lab1
Physical Therapy Clinical Education II4
Concepts in Physical Therapy II2
Concepts in Physical Therapy II Lab1
Physical Therapy Clinical Education III6
Total Credits72

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

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