Physical therapy is a dynamic profession that requires therapists to maintain certain conduct and possess certain qualities for success in this field of work. Along with being patient, knowledgeable, credible and compassionate, a therapist also needs to be organized while they work with many patients day-in and day-out.
One hundred percent of our graduates of the Top Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science (A.S.) are working in their field within a maximum of two years. It’s worthy of stating the obvious: this is a strong and practical marker of a top-tier program. In Miami, the job market is competitive and there are schools to choose from, but in the end, you want to feel that you are:
Well-trained for the effort and money that you invested
Ensure that you are able to complete the program
Feel confident and well-equipped
Every year the demand for medics, health care workers and administrators in general registers as the top growing fields, no matter what agency does the research and shares their findings.
The nurturing, quality program at Florida National University (FNU) allows you to enter the healthcare field on the right foot – and get your Associate’s degree in less time than most programs.
Normally, an Associate in Science program takes approximately two years. Certificate programs, in comparison, may take six months to a year to complete, but don’t hold as much weight. A great advantage of Florida National University’s program is that it is an intensive 12-month program designed with consecutive classes so there is a clear start-to-finish.
Students don’t hold up their degree in electives and classes that were not offered when they needed it. The program is designed with a clear path and finish line. Get your information now and prepare to dedicate yourself to getting your Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. in just one year.
Quality, Accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program
The Florida National University Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (Capte). The organization is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and PT assistants.
FNU acts in accordance with the Florida Board of Physical Therapy which establishes that every physical therapy practitioner practicing in the state meets the minimum requirements for safe practice. Through efficient and dedicated organization, the Florida Board of Physical Therapy, t licenses, monitors, disciplines, educates and rehabilitates practitioners to assure their competence in the service of the people of Florida.
FNU is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Quality Mentorship and Professors
Quality, value, learning and good mentors are also something that students wish to experience when going through the rigors of their program.
Professors at Florida National University have a reputation for encouraging their students, as you can read directly from our students on our Student Success testimonials page. Each graduate effusively credits one or a handful of their teachers for their inspiration and full support.
The program is designed to prepare you to work hand-in-hand under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT) to improve mobility, alleviate pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities to patients in clinical settings.
We believe in a good physical therapy mentor as it can be transformative for your happiness, skills, and career longevity for a number of reasons. Here are a few of the benefits:
- Passion – Being a new grad PT is nerve-wracking. A good mentor can take that nervous energy and help you translate it into excitement and passion for your new career.
- Innovation – Working with another professional will teach you a different way of viewing patient care. Viewing your treatments through another lens will help you immensely when you’re designing creative treatment plans.
- Confidence – When you’re new to a program, it’s easy to find yourself questioning every clinical decision you make. A mentor can instill confidence in you by reminding you what you do know, then supporting you as you hone your clinical skills. They can also be a sounding board for your complex clinical questions and guide you to the proper support.
- Competence – A skilled PT mentor is critical in helping you become a more competent physical therapist. They can help you to synthesize and think critically about medically complex clients and guide you in your clinical decision making.
- Longevity – You’ll last longer in a setting if you feel successful. You’ll feel more successful if you have someone to look to when you have questions. They can also be an avenue for you to discuss any frustrations you might have within a safe environment.
The profession of physical therapy is based on helping build up someone in a vulnerable position whether it is by helping our patients, or through our mentors and professors helping us. FNU helps you find a mentor who challenges you. The goal of a mentor is not to find someone who you get along with and who you adore, it is to find someone who sees your full potential and will do their best to make you your best.
The 12-month, full-time daytime program on the Hialeah Campus gives you an opportunity to gel with your team, program directors, professors, and your fellow students.
Some of the basic PHT core classes include:
- Physics for Allied Health Professions
- Anatomy and Physiology and a Medical Terminology class
- Therapeutic Communications for the PTA
While some of the more complex, core classes include:
- Trends in Physical Therapy
- Applied Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology
- Pathology for the PTA
- Neuromuscular Conditions
- Promotion of Health and Wellness
- Graduates from this program will be eligible to take the national licensure exam. In fact, we can also boast that for two consecutive years 92% of our students have passed their licensing exam.
Quality Student Outcomes
- Acceptance Rate: 2017 & 2018 Two-year average – 70%
- Graduation Rate: 2017 & 2018 Two-year average- 62%
- Licensure (Ultimate) Pass Rate: 2017 & 2018 Two-year average- 92%
- Job Placement Rate: 2017 & 2018 Two-year average – 100%
Our admissions standards for the Physical Therapist Assistant program are high, which means that your fellow students will be as driven as you are. Read the partial list of application requirements below to start getting your documentation together:
- New Students: Pass all 3 portions of the College Success Exam
- Transfer Students: Provide an official copy of college transcripts
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 or “B” in General Education Prerequisites:
- No less than a “B” in Anatomy & Physiology, Intro to Physical Therapy, Algebra, and Physics.
- Complete PTA Program Application (received at Information Session):
- 25 Observation Hours
- 2 Personal References (1 work, 1 academic)
- HESI Exam scoring in 70th percentile overall
- HESI Exam scoring in 75th percentile in Reading Comprehension
- Interview with PTA program faculty
For the full list, scroll down near the bottom of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program overview page.
Be assured that points are awarded for each step and the accumulation of which gives an objective basis for reviewing your application. Let your personality shine during the interview with PTA program faculty. If you have any questions regarding the program, don’t hesitate to contact the department at FNU.
The high employment rate amongst our students is a testament to their determination as well as to FNU’s dedication to developing their skills but here are some tips on what to expect in a physical therapy school interview:
- Learn how to answer a ‘Get to Know You’ set of questions. These are designed to draw answers about your background.
- Stand out by being a student of your field who is ready to discuss the latest news or theories.
- For clinical hours and experience, take diligent notes while shadowing and track the number of hours you spend in each different setting (orthopedics, pediatrics, neuro, home health, inpatient hospital, etc.
- Be ready to discuss your GPA (without excuses!).
- Be ready to discuss your GRE score (without excuses!).
- Complete Florida National University’s Admission Application (please refer to the FNU University Catalog page 21) and return to Admissions Representative.
- 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.
- All applicants must request official academic transcripts from high school and/or colleges and forward them to the Campus Registrar.
- Have at minimum an overall 3.0 GPA in all prerequisite courses (including no less than a “B” in Intro to Physical Therapy, and all science and math courses).
- Attend the PTA program Information session.
- Complete PTA program application and checklist
- Present journal documentation of 25 hours of observation of a physical therapist and/or physical therapist assistant in a clinic, facility or hospital. Supervising clinician signature is required. (Form included in application packet)
- Complete the ETS Profile Proficiency and HEIghten Written Communication exams scoring at minimum 430 and 150 respectively .
- Provide three official and unopened personal reference forms. (Forms included in application packet)
- One Academic reference (from professor only)
- One Employer reference
- One Observation hours reference
- Submit admissions essay (Form included in application packet)
- Complete on-site written assignment
- Submit signed Technical Standards form.
- Complete a Level 2 Federal & AHCA Background Check.
- Complete an Interview with the PTA Program Faculty
Financial Aid Opportunities at FNU
FNU is a military-friendly university, read up on our tuition incentives for people in the armed forces, including retired veterans, the National Guard and Reserves. The incentives also apply to government employees, federal, state or city.
For a more comprehensive list check out the scholarship and financial aid opportunities page. Here you’ll find a list of grants specifically for FNU students along with their requirements, as well as grants
FNU Campus Location for the Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Degree
The Physical Therapist Assistant classes are held at the Hialeah Campus located on 4425 W. José Regueiro (20th) Ave, Hialeah, Florida, 33012.