Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Science

Physical Therapy

Kinesiology, patient care, therapeutic exercise and trends in physical therapy

Interested in how to become a physical therapist assistant? The Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science (A.S) degree is a combination of general education and technical courses including lecture, laboratory and clinical education components. Graduates from the physical therapy assistant (PTA) program are eligible to apply to sit for a state-administered national examination in order to become a licensed physical therapy assistant. Clinical training at local physical therapy facilities is arranged as part of the program curriculum to prepare students to become physical therapy assistants.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 N. Fairfax Street,  Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website: Through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

 Licensure Exam Pass Rates  
 2015-16  93.3%


 Graduation Rates  
 2015-16  97%


 Employment Rates  
 2016  94%
 2015-16  97%

Program Code: 222A

74 Credits

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School of Health, Education and Human Services
Start Term


Feb 15
Additional Costs

Drug screen, background checks, uniforms, physical and textbooks

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.



(904) 713-4545


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Program Fact Sheet
Academic Degree Plan
2019 AS PTA App Info Packet
Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

This program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree, earn their physical therapy assistant certification and become employed for jobs including PT aide, PT assistant and physical therapist assistants. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. 

Career Opportunities

Physical therapist assistants, sometimes called PTAs, and physical therapist aides work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses regain movement and manage pain (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
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