Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Science

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Physical Therapist Assistant degree program prepares you for a career as an integral member of the rehabilitation team and allows you to work in a variety of healthcare settings. During this intensive program you will receive education in human movement and physical function in order to implement the physical therapist’s plan of care.  This is a physically and mentally demanding program that will require a high level of dedication and commitment.  The program emphases hands on time in our dedicated lab that contains professional, clinical grade equipment combined with clinical experiences throughout a variety of settings in our area.

This program is a selective admissions program. You must apply and be accepted to the program.  Students are admitted once per year. Candidates should pay careful attention to the application dates and deadlines.


Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; [email protected] is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 

Northwest Florida State College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on June 1, 2020. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional/technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional/technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

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Career Outlook*

Overall employment of PTAs is expected to grow much faster than average as the demand for physical therapy is expected to increase in response to the needs of an older population and individuals with chronic conditions.

*(Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Job outlook and salary range reflect national trends.)

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*All career data on this page, such as occupation description, career outlook and salary information reflects the national average and was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.