Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program
Orlando, Florida

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Begin a rewarding, hands-on career as a PTA.

A career as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) offers you the opportunity to spend each day helping make an impact in the lives of real people.

According to U.S. News & World Report, physical therapist assistant ranked as the #3 Best Health Care Support Job for 2019. If you have a passion for helping those in need and love being a coach, cheerleader and teacher to those around you, becoming a PTA is perfect for you. Your first step is getting educated.

Herzing University’s physical therapist assistant program in Orlando helps you earn your associate degree and become a new you.

Orlando PTA program highlights:

  • CAPTE accredited*
  • Two start dates per year: January & July
  • No waiting list
  • Typical program length of 20 months
  • Access to local clinical sites
  • Small class sizes
  • Strong academic support from PT & PTA faculty

This program prepares students to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) and be eligible for licensure/certification in Florida as a physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.

Classes start January 6.
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Become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Curriculum

Features of the Herzing PTA program curriculum at our Orlando campus:

  • Complete your general education requirements online prior to starting core classwork.
  • Clinical experiences include four integrated clinical experiences and a clinical practicum prep course prior to starting your first full-time terminal clinical.
  • Multiple licensure preparatory resources and assessments are integrated throughout the curriculum. This includes several industry resource guides and mock exams.

Required Courses

All courses, 45.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Support Course

8.00 semester credit hour is required.

General Education Prerequisites

The following general education prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (70%) or better for a student to be continued in the PTA program: Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology I Lab Anatomy and Physiology II and Anatomy and Physiology II Lab All other general education courses must be passed with a grade of D (60%) or better to be continued in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. A student who is dropped from the PTA program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the general education courses, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University, may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may reapply to this program in a future cycle.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this associate's program must complete a minimum of 18.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for Herzing University courses that would satisfy these requirements. * 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities** (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science***  3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 24.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines. ** 3.0 credits of this requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements. *** This requirement is being met by the programmatic science course requirements.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours are required.

 

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Requirements

To become a physical therapist assistant in the state of Florida you’ll need to first earn your degree and take a few more steps:

  1. Education – enroll in a PTA program. You must earn an associate degree from a program like Herzing’s to become eligible for licensure/certification.
  2. Earn experience in a clinical environment. Participate in hands-on laboratory and clinical experiences, gain real world practice and prepare for the real thing.
  3. Get certified. After graduating you will be required to pass the National Physical Therapy Exam for physical therapist assistants (NPTE-PTA) before practicing as a PTA in Florida.
  4. Find your first job. After earning your certification you will be ready to begin your new career.

Our goal is to empower you to earn the education needed to get your first job and excel in your new career as a physical therapist assistant.

Physical Therapist Assistant Career Requirements Orlando
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer:

The Herzing University physical therapist assistant program takes 20 months to complete as scheduled full-time.

After earning your associate degree you’ll need to sit for the NPTE-PTA exam to earn your certification/license and truly become a physical therapist assistant. There are typically 4 test dates per year – you may view future exam dates for the NPTE-PTA here.

If the timing is right, you may be able to earn your degree and get certified in around 2 years.

Answer:

You may complete general education and other core coursework online. However, the most important part of the program is your hands-on training with experienced faculty supporting you every step of the way.

The clinical and laboratory portion of the Herzing associate degree program curriculum is crucial to building the real-world skills necessary to succeed as a physical therapist assistant.

Herzing’s goal is to best prepare you for career success, and we pride ourselves on delivering a personal, individualized education to help you flourish as a practicing PTA.

Answer:

According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical therapist assistants across the US earn an average salary of $57,750 per year ($27.77 per hour). In the state of Florida, PTAs earn an average salary of $61,650 per year ($29.64 per hour).

Pay can vary depending on where you practice, your level of experience and the type of medical facility you work for. Discover more about how much physical therapist assistants make.

Answer:

Classes as part of the Herzing curriculum include topics in:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Orthopedic patient care
  • Neurologic patient care
  • Principles of practice
  • Basics of patient care
  • Specific population care
  • Modalities
  • Clinical preparation
  • Clinical placements

For a full list of required classes, you may view the course sheet for the PTA program curriculum.

General education is also a requirement in an associate degree program, including courses in English, Science, Mathematics and Humanities (you may be able to transfer prior college credit).

Answer:

With Herzing University you are never alone. Our goal is to provide an affordable education for everyone. Financial aid options include:

  • Student loans & secured loans. Loans offer a way to pay for all or part of your tuition.
  • Scholarships. View the different scholarships we award to eligible students.

The following items may be included in the tuition/resource fee (some contingent upon good standing):

  • APTA student membership fee
  • CPR certification
  • Initial background check
  • Initial MN licensure application fee
  • National Exam fee
  • Mock exam fees to prepare for licensure
  • PTA program uniform
  • E-books and electronic resources
Answer:

When compared to the average United States occupation, physical therapist assistants are in very high demand.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), from 2018-2028 the projected increase in PTA employment is 27% - compared to the national average of 5% across all occupations. The BLS notes there should be many job opportunities in nursing homes, home healthcare facilities and outpatient orthopedic facilities.

Given the above average projected increase in employment, now is a great time to earn your degree, get certified and enter a rapidly growing field in healthcare.

Answer:

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work with patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have injuries or health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform daily activities. The PTA works under the supervision and direction of the physical therapist (PT) to implement a treatment plan that will help those individuals regain their functional abilities and live healthier, fuller lives.

Find out more about what a physical therapist assistant does and what you can expect in your career as a PTA.

Answer:

If you are a good communicator, are a passionate learner, and love to inspire and motivate other people, you could be an excellent physical therapist assistant.

Learn more about what makes a great physical therapist assistant from a physical therapist who’s worked in the industry for many years.

Answer:

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work under the direction of a physical therapist to help people return to daily activity which may encompass movement related recreational pursuits, work, or sports. PTAs also offer patients injury prevention strategies related to fitness and movement.

Choose a PTA program if you are comfortable with physical contact, have the strength to support a patient’s full bodyweight if needed, and can be a strong motivator for patients completing challenging or uncomfortable exercises.

Occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) work under the direction of an occupational therapist to help people of all ages who have a disability, condition or injury which interferes with their ability to carry out daily self-care, school or work tasks. OT/OTAs work on cognition as well as the physical aspect of care.

Choose an OTA program if you love to work with patients of all ages, can solve problems creatively, and enjoy helping people regain their independence and build confidence. Learn more about our occupational therapist assistant program in Minneapolis.

Discover further detail on the primary difference between an OTA vs. PTA.

Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosure

*The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at the Orlando, Florida Campus of Herzing University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Amy Vernon, Program Chair, at (407) 478-0500 or email pta@herzing.edu.

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Orlando Campus

1865 SR 4360
Winter Park, Florida 32792

(407) 641-5227

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