Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant assisting woman on treadmill

A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Information

The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant is a two-year selective admissions program, with the first semester consisting of general education coursework that must be completed prior to admission into the technical phase.  New students are accepted annually for enrollment in the Spring Term.  Pending accreditation, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).  Due to the timing of the accreditation decision, the first cohort of students will have their coursework extended into a sixth semester to allow for the decision to be made prior to graduation.


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.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must apply to the college and the technical program. The PTA Technical Program Application deadline is October 1, 2020.  Students must meet the admissions criteria listed below to be considered for selection into this program.   All eligible applicants will be accepted based on the annual cohort size determined by job market outlook and clinical site availability.  If there are more eligible applicants than spots available, the program will use a selective admission points system which can be found in the Program Application Packet.

Students will receive conditional acceptance pending a background check, drug screen completion of general education coursework with the minimum required GPA.  Contact the PTA Department at (850)863-6511 or by email for additional information.

Before Program Admission

  • Apply to the College – PTA Program General Education Cohort.
  • Attend Information session – not required but will receive selective admissions points for attending; dates listed on Program website.
  • Take the HESI for Health Professions Admission Exam. The HESI exam is available now through September 28, 2020.  Instruction can be found in the application packet.
  • Complete the PTA Technical Program Application.
  • After receiving Conditional Acceptance: must complete background check, drug screen and complete general education coursework with required minimum GPA.

After Program Admission

Information will be sent to you upon selection into the program for more information about how to complete the items listed below.

  • Attend mandatory orientation
  • Physical examination
  • Proof of immunizations
  • CPR certification

Spring 2021 Application Period: June 15, 2020 – October 1, 2020

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