Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Begins each Fall Semester

Physical Therapist Assistants deliver treatments and interventions to patients under a plan of care established by a supervising Physical Therapist. They often work in settings such as outpatient clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, schools, and home healthcare.

The program is limited access and requires completion of a custom application process. Incomplete files will NOT be considered for Program Admission. Students are responsible for ensuring completion of all application requirements prior to the annual application deadline.

NOTE ABOUT ACCREDITATION STATUS:

* Effective May 2016, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Eastern Florida State College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

  • CAPTE’s decision regarding EFSC’s initial accreditation will be made at the spring meeting in April 2018. Graduation for the charter class is tentatively set for May 2018 pending CAPTE approval.
  • Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the licensure examination. This exam is offered four times a year in the months of January, April, July and October. Test dates for 2018 have not yet been made available.

Physical Therapist Assistant A.S. Information

Program Mission

To meet the needs of students and the community by offering quality instruction using theory and evidenced-based practice to achieve academic excellence and success as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Through compassionate care, EFSC students will provide the local community with competent care to restore function through physical therapy interventions.

Program Objectives

  1. Communicates verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel, and others in an effective, appropriate and capable manner.
  2. Recognizes individual and cultural differences and responds appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services. 
  3. Exhibits conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of society receiving health care services. 
  4. Exhibits conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of the profession of physical therapy. 
  5. Exhibits conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe. 
  6. Communicates an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes. 
  7. Demonstrates competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist. 
  8. Demonstrates competency in performing components of date collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care. 
  9. Adjusts interventions within the plan of care established by the physical therapist in response to patient clinical indications and reports this to the supervising physical therapist. 
  10. Recognizes when intervention should not be provided due to changes in the patient's status and reports this to the supervising physical therapist. 
  11. Reports any changes in the patient’s status to the supervising physical therapist. 
  12. Recognizes when the direction to perform an intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for a physical therapist assistant and initiates clarification with the physical therapist. 
  13. Participates in educating patients and caregivers as directed by the supervising physical therapist. 
  14. Provides patient-related instruction to patients, family members and caregivers to achieve patient outcomes based on the plan of care established by the physical therapist. 
  15. Takes appropriate action in an emergency situation. 
  16. Completes thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely and legible documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, the practice setting, and other regulatory agencies. 
  17. Participates in discharge planning and follow-up as directed by the supervising physical therapist. 
  18. Reads and understands the health care literature.

Clinical Practicums

All accepted physical therapist assistant students are required to participate in three, six-week clinical practicums. Students will be required to travel to different clinical facilities. ALL costs associated with clinical practicums (i.e. food, housing, travel, parking, etc.) are the responsibility of the student. The program will try to assign students to a clinical site closest to their geographical area. Please note, each practicum will require the student to be at the facility 40 hours per week. The schedule will be at the discretion of the clinical affiliate. 

Student Outcomes

Graduation rate, licensure examination pass rate and employment rate will be averaged over the most recent two years once accreditation is achieved and EFSC is is able to annually enroll cohorts into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Acceptance and Matriculation Rates

48 students applied by the first application deadline. 16 students were accepted and are currently enrolled in the first Physical Therapist Assistant cohort.

PTA Program Resources

Nursing and Health Sciences Admissions & Advising

Melbourne Campus
3865 N Wickham Road, Bldg 15, Rm 101
Melbourne, FL 32935
Phone: 321-433-7575
Fax: 321-433-7579
Email: healthscience@easternflorida.edu

Cocoa Campus
1519 Clearlake Rd, Bldg 20, Rm 233
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-433-7575
Fax: 321-433-7579
Email: healthscience@easternflorida.edu

Office Hours:
8 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Thursday
*Walk-in visit, preferred.

Limited Availability? Appointments are available.
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