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 that 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.
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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 the Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to qualify entry-level education programs for physical therapists and PT assistants.
FNU is also 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 the 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.
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 100% of our students have passed their licensing exam.
Quality Student Outcomes
- Graduation Rate: 2016 & 2017 Two-year average- 62%
- Licensure (Ultimate) Pass Rate: 2016 & 2017 Two-year average- 100%
- Job Placement Rate: 2016 & 2017 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 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.
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 Hialeah Campus, where the Physical Therapist Assistant classes are held, is located at 4425 W. José Regueiro (20th) Ave. 33012. You can call directly at 305-821-3333. All questions are welcome.