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Physical Therapist Assistant (AS)


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Admission Program Objective Code PTAP
State CIP Code 1351080601

The Associate in Science (A.S.) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Northwest Florida State College is currently pursuing accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by CAPTE is necessary for eligibility to sit for the national licensure examination, which is required in all states. Per USDE regulations, all credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding candidacy are considered to be from an accredited program. 

Effective November 3, 2020, Northwest Florida State College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA, 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 850-863-6511 or email pta@nwfsc.edu

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

This program is a Selective Admission program subject to additional program policies. Policies are strictly enforced and students should work with a Student Success Navigator rather than self-advise. The admission criteria and process are subject to change; students should refer to the Selective Programs Admissions/Physical Therapist Assistant (AS) webpage for the most current information. All PTA technical courses are held at the Fort Walton Beach Campus and students are assigned to clinical practices at various healthcare facilities and outpatient clinics in the region.

General Education


Total General Education Credits Required: 20


Total Core Credits Required: 54


Total Program Credits Required: 74


Suggested Two Year Academic Plan


This program admits students in the fall/spring/summer semester(s). Below is a sample academic plan for these students admitted in the identified semester.

Physical Therapist Assistant (AS) (PTAP)
First Year
Fall Semester
MGF 1106 - Practical Applications of Mathematics 3 Credit Hours ♦   or higher mathematics course
ENC 1101 - English Composition I 3 Credit Hours ♦ ¶  
BSC 1085C - Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Credit Hours ♦  
HSC 1531 - Medical Terminology 3 Credit Hours  
PHI 2600 - Introduction to Ethics 3 Credit Hours ❖ † ¶  
Total Semester Hours: 16
Spring Semester
BSC 1086C - Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Credit Hours  
DEP 2004 - Human Growth and Development 3 Credit Hours  
PHT 1128 - Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology 3 Credit Hours  
PHT 1128L - Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 1007 - Topics in Physical Therapy 3 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours: 15
Second Year
Fall Semester
PHT 1931 - PTA Seminar 1 Credit Hour  
PHT 1224 - Therapeutic Techniques and Disabilities 3 Credit Hours  
PHT 1224L - Therapeutic Techniques and Disabilities Lab 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 1200 - Basic Patient Care 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 1200L - Basic Patient Care Lab 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 2301 - Pathological Conditions in PT 3 Credit Hours  
PHT 1800L - Physical Therapy Clinical Practice I 2 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours: 15
Spring Semester
PHT 1211 - Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 1211L - Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures Lab 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 2252 - Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 2252L - Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment Lab 1 Credit Hour  
PHT 2162 - Neurological Disabilities and Treatment 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 2162L - Neurological Disabilities and Treatment Lab 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 2810L - Physical Therapy Clinical Practice II 4 Credit Hours   
Total Semester Hours: 15
Summer Semester
PHT 2704 - Advanced Rehab Concepts in PT 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 2704L - Advanced Rehab Concepts in PT Lab 1 Credit Hour  
PHT 2930 - Trends in Physical Therapy 2 Credit Hours  
PHT 2820L - Physical Therapy Clinical Practice III 8 Credit Hours  
Total Semester Hours: 13
Total Program Hours: 74

 

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