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Program Accreditation
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Florida Gateway College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org;website: http://www.capteonline.org.

Required Training
The FGC program is a 1 + 1 format. After completing prerequisites within Phase I (see Program Information), the student then completes one Fall semester, one Spring semester with a 6 week clinical rotation, and one Summer semester with an 8 week clinical rotation to complete Phase II and the Degree Plan.

Credentialing Requirements
Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, the graduate is eligible to apply for a Florida license. To gain licensure, a graduate must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

Profession Description
Physical Therapy is a health profession that’s purpose is to optimize human movement and function by applying scientific interventions to alleviate musculoskeletal pain and discomfort. The licensed PTA implements treatment strategies and assists the Physical Therapist in the provision of physical therapy services.

Professional Stability

Physical therapist assistant ranked sixth out of ten occupations predicted to be the fastest growing professions between 2004-2014 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Work Environment
PTA’s can work in varied settings to include: hospitals, private outpatient clinics, skilled rehabilitation centers, extended care facilities, public and private academic institutions, sports medicine facilities, corporate health centers, and home health agencies.

Average Salary
PTA’s initial earnings are between $29,000-$40,000 annually.

Q: Where can I get more information about the profession?
A:American Physical Therapy Association
Q: Where can I get more information about the state licensure?
A:The Florida Department of Health

Q: Where can I find information about the national examination?
A: Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy