PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT (PTA)
Graduation Requirements (A Minimum of 78 Credits)
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program will provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform as a competent, safe, and ethical PTA. The students will learn and apply techniques that will improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities to patients in clinical settings. Graduates from this program will be eligible to take their national licensure exam. FNU grants an Associate of Science upon completion.Request more info about PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
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Graduation Requirements (78 Credits)
ENC 1101English Composition I **3
SPC 1017Fundamentals of Oral Communication3
PHI 1635Biomedical Ethics3
PSY 1012General Psychology3
DEP 2004Human Growth and Development3
MAC 1105College Algebra I **3
CGS 1030Introduction to Information Technology4
SLS 1501College Study Skills
BSC 1085 CAnatomy and Physiology I4
BSC 1086 CAnatomy and Physiology II4
HSC 1531 CMedical Terminology3
PHY 1007 CPhysics for Allied Health Professions3
PHT 1001Introduction to Physical Therapy ***1
PHT 1020Therapeutic Communication for PTA2
PHT 1102 CApplied Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology4
PHT 1131 CAssessment, Measurement and Documentation4
PHT 1200 CBasic Patient Care3
PHT 1210 CTherapeutic Modalities and Physical Agents3
PHT 1300Pathology for the PTA2
PHT 1231LTherapeutic Excercise2
PHT 2255 CNeuromuscular Conditions and3
PHT 2256 COrthopedic Conditions and Rehabilitation3
PHT 2287 CCardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and Other Systems3
PHT 2501 CPromotion of Health and Wellness1
PHT 1801L CClinical Practicum I1
PHT 2810LClinical Practicum II6
PHT 2820LClinical Practicum III6
PHT 2931Trends in Physical Therapy1
This program is not designed for transfer to a senior institution. PTA students are required to wear Green FNU Polo shirt, khaki pants and sneakers at all times. Students must furnish their own uniforms.
All students must have liability insurance in order to participate in the clinical rotations.
All students must provide BLS, OSHA, HIV, and HIPPA seminar completion forms in order to participate in the clinical practicums.
All students must undergo level 2 federal background check in order to participate in the clinical practicums.
Students must complete 630 hours of clinical practice.
*General Education Component
**This course has prerequisites; check course descriptions.
***Mandatory course for entering the core courses Program requirements are found below.
Program requirements are found below.
Program Accreditation Status Statement
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Florida National University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:firstname.lastname@example.org
ADMISSION & ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
A prospective student must meet all admission requirements predetermined by Florida National University. In addition, the requirements for admission to the PTA Program are as follows:
1. Complete Florida National University’s Admission Application (please refer to the FNU University Catalog) and return to Admissions Representative.
2. Students must score 19 or greater on the ACT, 880 or greater on the SAT or be placed no lower than ENC 1101 and/or MAC 1105 on the College Success exam.
3. All applicants must request official academic transcripts from high school and/or all colleges previously attended and have them sent to the Campus Registrar.
4. Have at minimum an overall 3.0 GPA in all prerequisite courses. 1. Including no less than a “B” in all science and math courses and PHT 1001 – Introduction to Physical Therapy.
5. Attend a PTA Program Information Session
6. Complete a Level 2 Federal and AHCA Background Check at FNU
7. Complete PTA program application:
8. Present documentation of 25 hours of observation of a physical therapist and/or physical therapist assistant in a clinic, facility or hospital using form provided in application packet.
9. Submit the score obtained on the HESI Admission Assessment to the PTA Department. 1. The applicant must be placed in the 70th percentile or above on all sections to be considered for the program. 2. The applicant must be placed in the 75th percentile or above in the Reading Comprehension section
10. Provide two official and unopened letters of reference provided in application packet. 1. One reference speaking to academic abilities (College Professors) 2. One reference speaking to work ethic (employer)
11. Submit admissions essay provided in application packet.
12. Submit signed technical standards form.
13. Complete an Interview with the PTA Program Faculty
Due to the rigorous nature of the program, it is strongly recommended that applicants plan ahead financially for their 12 months in the program. The student is responsible for all transportation necessary for travel to and from the hospitals/clinics/facilities for clinical experiences. Attendance at all scheduled classes, laboratories and clinical practicums are enforced; each one of those meetings is an essential component to the applicant’s successful progress in the program. Working while in the program is not recommended. This is a full-time daytime curriculum which requires student’s time and concentration. Even the exceptional student will find it difficult to work and still maintain a high quality of academic work. Program and clinical assignments will not be altered to fit an individual’s work schedule.
All applicants admitted into the PTA program will be required to complete a physical examination and provide a complete immunization record. In addition, a complete local and level 2 federal and AHCA background screening will be required in conjunction with clinical facility required drug testing. Positive results on the background screening or drug testing could impact a student’s chances of attending their clinical rotations, completing the program requirements, or gaining a license to work upon graduation. The cost of required physical examinations, immunizations, background checks and drug testing will be borne by the student. Students accepted into the program will be provided with specific details regarding all required documentation for the PTA Program at the PTA Orientation