Q. What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
A. Licensed physical therapist assistants are educated health care providers that work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist and assist in the provision of physical therapy interventions. The physical therapist assistant helps manage conditions such as sprains/strains, fractures, back and neck injuries, sports and work related injuries, and others.
Q. When does the program start and what is the application deadline for the program?
A. The program begins every January. Applications must be submitted by September 1st. Applications may be accepted after the deadline date. However, applications accepted after the deadline date may not be considered for the upcoming program class.
Q. What are the application requirements?
A. To apply to the program, you must have completed or be enrolled in ENC 1101 at the time of application. However, the selection of students for the program is based on the number of required general education and science courses completed at the time of program selection.
Q. What are the admissions/selection criteria?
A. Because enrollment is limited in this program, admission/selection criteria is based on the number of required general education and science courses completed at the time of program selection with top priority given to students that have completed all of the required general education and science courses. Additionally, science and cumulative GPA is included in the selection process.
Q. Can I apply if I have not completed all of the general education and science courses?
A. You can apply to the program before completing these courses. However, selection is based on the number of courses completed. You are encouraged to complete all of the non-program courses to increase your chances of acceptance into the program.
Q. What kind of degree will I be awarded when I graduate?
A. You will receive an Associate in Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. This will qualify you to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) offered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (www.fsbpt.org) and the State of Florida Board of Physical Therapy Laws and Rules Examination.
Q. What are the hours of the program?
A. The program classes are offered weekdays from approximately 8:00am – 4:00pm.
Q. Can I work while I am a student in the program?
Q. What is the approximate annual salary for graduates of this program in this area?
A. Employment is not encouraged. Students must earn at least a final grade of “C” or better in each course to continue in the program. If students must work, they are encouraged not to work more than 20 hours per week to be successful in the program.
Q. Do you assist with job placement after graduation?
A. The Medical Campus does not provide job placement. Through Advisement and Career Services located in the Advisement Office at the Medical Campus, graduates may review employment opportunities that have been posted on the student employment online system, Optimal Resume https://mdc.optimalresume.com
Q. Do I need to take a test to work in this profession after graduation?
A. To work as a Physical Therapist Assistant, you must graduate from an accredited physical therapist assistant education program and a license is required in the State of Florida. This license requires that you pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) offered through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (www.fsbpt.org) and the State of Florida Board of Physical Therapy Laws and Rules Examination.
A.According to the United Sates Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#31-0000), the National mean annual wage for a physical therapist assistant was $51,110 ($24.57 mean hourly wage) in 2011. In the South Florida area, the mean annual wage was $54,910 ($26.40 hourly wage) in 2011. Salaries vary depending on position, years of experience, degree of education, geographic location, and practice setting. (Source: APTA 2009 Median Income of Physical Therapist Assistants Summary Report.