Is a Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant Right for Me?
If you have a desire to help people, are looking for a position in health care and are looking for a career that includes a component of physical activity, a position as a physical therapist assistant might be right for you.
Physical therapist assistants typically exhibit the following qualities:
- Compassion - You will work with people who are in pain and should be able to empathize.
- Dexterity - You should be comfortable working with your hands to provide manual therapy like massage and therapeutic exercises.
- Physical Stamina - You will spend much of your time on your feet and should enjoy physical activity.
- Strong Interpersonal Skills - Working with people is the most important part of a physical therapist assistant position. You should be able to communicate treatment programs, listen to patients concerns and educate your patients.
- Strong Analytic and Observational Skills - A physical therapist assistant should be able to think critically and make appropriate decisions in order to provide safe and effective care.
What is the Physical Therapist Assistant Career Outlook?
Employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 41 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
What Can I Do with This Degree?
Physical therapist assistants help licensed physical therapists provide care to patients. Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, they treat patients through exercise, massage, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions. Physical therapist assistants record patients’ progress and report the results of each treatment to the physical therapist.
Physical therapist assistants typically do the following:
- Observe patients before, during and after therapy, noting patient status and reporting it to a physical therapist.
- Help patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care.
- Treat patients using a variety of techniques, such as massage and stretching.
- Use devices and equipment, such as walkers, to help patients.
- Educate a patient and family members about what to do after treatment.
What Will I Learn?
A full-time student, 12 semester hour credits per term or typically three courses per term, can complete this program in approximately two years.
The Associate in Science in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is a hands-on program offered on the Hodges University Naples campus only and is a day program – Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The PTA program also includes two internships consisting of 40 hours a week for seven weeks in Summer Term B and eight weeks in Fall Term B.
The PTA Core is a full-time, day program. Students will attend class or internships five days a week for three consecutive semesters and must complete the coursework together as a cohort.
Click on the Catalog to view the PTA course list.
How is Hodges University’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program Different?
Our Program is Accredited
The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: www.capteonline.org.
You Can Complete the Program in Two Years or Less
Our PTA program is the only one in the area that can be completed in two years or less.
Our Professors and Program Chair
Our instructors have practical experience and are dedicated to providing individualized personal attention. Dr. Cynthia Vaccarino, the PTA program chair, has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient, neurology, orthopedics, trauma, skilled nursing facility and home health. She has designed, developed and taught the annual Post-Acute Stroke Symposium for Lee Memorial Health Systems and continues to be a resource to the health system and the community. She is an active member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
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PTA Admissions Requirements
- Prerequisites must be completed or in process at the time of application deadline to the entry-level PTA program.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a science GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Twelve hours of observation hours under a licensed PT or PTA must be documented and submitted by application deadline.
- Official transcripts must be on file from all other educational institutions attended.
- Application and acceptance to Hodges University.
PTA Admissions Procedures
Steps for admission into the PTA program are as follows:
- Access and complete the entry-level PTA program application online or download a PDF version of the application. The deadline to complete and submit the entry-level PTA program application is September 30 for January 2017 admission.
- Fax documentation of observation hours by September 30 to (239) 236-1453.
- If selected, attend on-campus interview and complete essay in mid-October (date to be determined).
- (Optional until accepted) If accepted, a Student Health Report and a Physician's Verification of Functional Capacity will be required.
Applications will be accepted beginning June 1. The last day to submit a PTA application for the January 2017 class start is September 30, 2016.
Applications received after the September 30 deadline will not be considered for January 2017 admission.
Need More Information?
You may also contact us to speak to an admissions coordinator who will guide you through the application and admissions process. To speak to an admissions coordinator call us at 1-800-466-8017 (Naples) or 1-800-466-0019 (Fort Myers), use our contact form, email email@example.com or schedule a one-on-one visit to tour one of our campuses.
Your Admissions Coordinator will:
- Help you complete the applications, obtain necessary transcripts and schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
- Coordinate the Financial Aid process with a Financial Aid Professional and refer you to your Academic Advisor for class scheduling.
- Give you information regarding your orientation.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to provide safe, competent physical therapy services under the supervision of the licensed physical therapist.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to interpret and implement the physical therapy plan of care to meet the goals in a safe, effective manner.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate both written and verbally in an effective and appropriate manner.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to educate others concerning physical therapy, interventions, wellness and prevention.
- Graduates will exhibit the ability to provide safe, competent physical therapy services under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
- Graduates will demonstrate the ability to recognize individual differences and respond appropriately.
|Hodges PTA Program Graduate Data:||2013||2014||2015||2016|
| Number of students accepted into the PTA Program || 10|| 11||19|| |
| Number of PTA students graduated || 10|| 10||18|| |
| Graduation rate|| 100%|| 91%|| 95% || |
| Percent of students who sat for the national boards and passed || 88.8%|| 87.5%|| 100% || |
| Number of graduates licensed as PTA's|| 8|| 7|| 17 || |
| Percent of licensed PTA's employed|| 100%|| 100%|| 100% || |