Physical Therapy Assistant Program Summary
The Physical Therapist Assistant or PTA program at ASA College is a two-year, five-semester program. Graduates will receive an associate of science degree. The program curriculum includes courses in general education and basic science as well as technical physical therapy course work. The program places a strong emphasis on integrating clinical education in the latter part of the curriculum. Students will be introduced to direct patient care through a full-time clinical education experience in the fourth semester, and two full-time clinical education experiences during the last semester of the program. Successful completion of the program does not constitute any guarantee that a student will be able to pass certifying or licensing examinations or perform successfully in practice. These issues are the individual student’s responsibility.
PTA Program Mission & Goals
The Physical Therapist Assistant program strives to meet the needs of employers in our community and provides a firm academic foundation of a contemporary curriculum in a student-centered environment; thus preparing our students to be career-competent entry-level PTAs that embrace life-long learning, integrity, and safe practices while working under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
Get Started with ASA College’s PTA Program Today!
If you’re interested in pursuing your education to start a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant and would like to learn more about ASA College in Miami contact us today or give us a call at 844-319-4432 to get in touch with us.
Jerry Benetatos, BHS, MPT
530 West 49th street
Hialeah, Florida 33012
Phone: (786) 279-2643 x 4924
Hermes Romero, PT, MS, CSCS
Program Clinical Education Coordinator
530 West 49th street
Hialeah, Florida 33012
Phone: (786) 279-2643 x 4948
PTA PROGRAM ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE: 75 Semester Credits Required for Graduation
|MED 105 Medical Terminology||3 credits|
|MAT 110 College Algebra||3 credits|
|BIO 130 Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab)||4 credits|
|ENG 105 English Composition I||3 credits|
|ENG 110 Speech & Communication||3 credits|
|LIB 100 Research Methods||2 credits|
|ENG 205 English Composition II||3 credits|
|BIO 204 Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab)||4 credits|
|PYT 110 The Physical Therapist Assistant||3 credits|
|PYT 115 PTA Procedures I with lab||3 credits|
|PYT 120 Pathology for the PTA||3 credits|
|PYT 130 PTA Kinesiology with lab||3 credits|
|PYT 140 PTA Procedures II with lab||3 credits|
|PYT 160 Functional Techniques & Modalities||3 credits|
|PYT 180 PTA Tests & Measurements with lab||3 credits|
|PSY 105 Psychology (mandatory elective)||3 credits|
|PYT 900 Clinical Practicum I||4 credits|
|PYT 200 Therapeutic Exercise with lab||3 credits|
|PYT 220 Neurological Rehabilitation with lab||3 credits|
|PYT 240 Orthopedic Rehabilitation with lab||3 credits|
|PYT 910 Clinical Practicum II||5 credits|
|PYT 920 Clinical Practicum III||5 credits|
|PYT 250 Capstone Seminar||3 credits|
|TOTAL CREDITS 75|
Students will spend time in actual health care settings during three full time clinical rotations in semesters 4 and 5.
Upon successful completion of the program students will be qualified to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTAE) offered through the FSBPT (Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy). Students in Florida must also pass the state jurisprudence exam to practice in Florida.
INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION: Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE)
Students interested in the PTA program at ASA College must first attend a program information session. Applicants will then be assigned to an admissions representative. All applicants will then take the Accuplacer placement test administered by ASA to determine if there is a need for remedial coursework. Non-native speakers of English are required to take a placement test to determine the necessary level of ESL remediation needed. In addition to the Accuplacer placement test, all students seeking entrance to the program must also take the HESI exam. Criteria for applicants to take the HESI exam are; Accuplacer placement test determines that there is no need for additional course work remediation, and for non-native English speakers of English a score of D or higher on ESL Accuplacer exam.
The admissions department will keep a file of each applicant. When the following program admission requirements are satisfied; evidence of attendance in the program Information session, HESI score of 70% or greater, evidence of completion of 32 observation hours, and a completed written essay, following these steps, the admission representative will forward the applicant’s file to the Chair, who will call the applicant to schedule an interview.
A list will be kept of all applicants and their scores on the admissions rubric. On an annual basis the program will offer space to applicants with the highest scores on the admissions rubric. Should any student decline the offer during the process, the program will offer that slot to the next person on the waiting list. Students not offered a slot or decline the offer, in any given year, must reapply if they desire to be considered for any subsequent year. Admission deadline is 30 days prior to the start of Program.
PTA PROGRAM COSTS:
|Tuition||$ 36, 749.11|
Allied health curriculums at ASA College have additional requirements not required for other professions. It is important that prospective students understand that additional requirements mean additional costs. Prospective students enrolling in these programs must be willing to incur the additional expense associated with the healthcare profession they choose to pursue. Below is a list of additional items related to enrolling in the program.
Document Tracking Student Fees (prices subject to change without notice)
|Compliance tracker (one-time fee)||$30.00 -$35.00|
|Level II background check to include:Florida Statewide Criminal Search (FDLE)Florida Level 2 Livescan FingerprintResidency HistorySocial Security TraceNationwide Record Indicator with Sex Offender Index with County ConfirmationsNationwide Healthcare Fraud & Abuse||$ 75.00 - $105.00|
|10-panel drug screen||$35.00 - $40.00|
|Clinical Rotation Tracker||$10.00|
Additional Student Fees (course provided by the school):
|Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS certified by the American Heart Association)||$ 70.00|
Student’s responsibility upon enrollment: prices are approximate depending on vendor
|2 sets: tan khaki pants with navy blue polo shirts.||$50.00 - $100.00|
|White lab coat||$50.00|
|ASA logo patches (provided by program): 2 each||$10.00|
|1 each stethoscope & sphygmomanometer||$65.00|
Student’s responsibility in first core course:
|Student membership to the American Physical Therapy Association Florida Chapter||$90.00|
Student’s responsibility pre/post externship: must be completed and uploaded to Castle Branch a minimum of one month prior to the externship course (prices are approximate)
|Physical exam including all appropriate vaccinations as indicated on the Health Form (if positive TB will need a chest x-ray)||$90.00 - $105.00|
|Professional certification board exam (amount varies by profession)||$100-$400.00|
*The above list is not necessarily all-inclusive. Prices are subject to change.
The student is required to bear all costs listed. The program will try to assist all students in finding cost-saving ways to obtain the required tests, exams, and certifications. However, ASA has no formal agreement with any organization at this time to provide cost-saving services to our students.
No student will begin externship until all requirements are met. Students must begin the health form process no later than the semester prior to externship to obtain all requirements and must upload all required externship forms to the document tracker a minimum of six weeks prior to the start of externship. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student being withdrawn from the program and the college.
Complaints regarding a program or program graduates should be first addressed to the Program Chair. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Chair should be directed to the Campus Dean.
Complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility.
Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The Commission is located at 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314.
No retaliation by the college or program will occur due to an individual filing a complaint.
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Essential Functions for Physical Therapist Assistant Students
There are several important factors for you to consider when you are determining your future career directions. To be successful in the PTA classroom and in your job following graduation, you should be able to meet all of the following expectations:
- Attend class approximately 10-25 hours a week or perform 40 hours a week of clinical education, depending on the stage of the program curriculum.
- Complete all assignments on time.
- Participate in classroom discussions.
- Perform or instruct others in the following procedures (learned in class) in a timely manner: transfers, gait training, physical agents, activities of daily living, therapeutic exercises or activities, and data collection procedures.
- Use sound judgment and safety precautions (exposure to blood-borne pathogens and/or infectious disease may occur as part of the educational experience). Students are trained in safety/infection control and are expected to follow these guidelines to avoid contracting or transmitting disease.
- Meet class standards for successful course completion.
- Use critical thinking when making decisions.
- Follow standards stated in PTA Program Policy and Procedure Manual, the PTA Program Handbook, and the PTA Program Clinical Education Handbook.
- Address problems or questions to the appropriate person at the appropriate time.
- Maintain classroom, work area, equipment, supplies, personal appearance and hygiene conducive to a professional setting as appropriate.
- Behave in a competent, professional manner.
Physical requirements for the PTA Program include the need to occasionally, frequently, or continually:
- Sit 2-5 hours per day with lecture blocks up to 3 hours.
- Stand 1-6 hours with lab time blocks up to 3 hours.
- Lift up to 60 pounds.
- Push/pull up to 50 pounds of force exerted at waist level.
- Squat or stoop.
- Use auditory, tactile, and visual senses to assess physiological status of an individual.
- Demonstrate good standing and unsupported sitting balance.
- Demonstrate good finger dexterity
- Coordinate verbal and manual instructions
- Communicate effectively with a variety of people through written, verbal, and nonverbal methods.
- Use hands repetitively
- Shift weight in sitting or standing
- Demonstrate the ability to use a firm grasp while using physical therapy equipment and while performing physical therapy interventions.
- Reach above shoulder level.
- Kneel, kneel-stand, and half kneel.
- Use equipment that emits electrical, ultrasonic, and thermal energy.
- Physically move and transfer patients
Students who have concerns about the ability to perform any of these functions should contact student disability services
PTA Outcomes Data by Year: Note that outcomes will be available no sooner than the 1st quarter of 2021.
|REPORTING RATE||2021||2022||2021-2022 AVERAGE||2023|
|PTA LICENSURE EXAM PASS RATE|
|PTA GRADUATION RATE|
|PTA JOB PLACEMENT RATE|
ASA College is an equal-employment, affirmative-action institution. The college does not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, gender, race, color, creed, religion, marital status, national or ethnic origin, disability, or sexual orientation in its admissions, employment, educational programs, student services, activities, or administration of education policy, except as such condition may constitute some bona fide occupational or assignment qualifications. ASA is firmly committed to providing all students equal access to its programs, resources, opportunities and facilities. Violations of the College’s policies against unlawful discrimination and harassment may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to being barred from campus, suspended, or dismissed from the College.
The following Technical Standards are formally adopted by the program and shall apply to all candidates for admission and to all students at all times during training. In order to be admitted as students in the program:
- The candidate must be able to use vision, hearing and somatic senses to accurately observe all teaching methods in both the classroom and the clinical setting. The candidate must be able to use these senses to accurately observe patients in the clinical setting also.
- The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with patients, preceptors, faculty members and other members of the health care team. Therefore, the candidate must be able to communicate accurately and clearly in spoken and written formats, and must be able to use speech, hearing, reading, and writing to effectively elicit patient histories, record data and interpret data related to patient care in the classroom and the clinical setting.
- The candidate must have sufficient motor and tactile skills to elicit information from patients and provide the services requested. The candidate must be able to physically perform the standard technical and patient care activities required.
- The candidate must have sufficient intellectual and conceptual reasoning and problem-solving abilities, and the critical thinking skills to assimilate and integrate information in the classroom and the clinical setting.
- The candidate must have the capacity and willingness to develop sound clinical and personal judgment, mature professional relationships, and the ability to tolerate physically and emotionally stressful situations and circumstances. Candidates must have and maintain a sufficient degree of physical and mental health to provide effective, compassionate and safe health care, and must be able to respond appropriately and effectively in emergency situations.
- The candidate must have the capacity and willingness to recognize limitations of their skill, legal authority and authorization, and must be willing to seek appropriate supervision and direction.
- The candidate must be able to develop and demonstrate ethical behaviors with respect to co-workers, preceptors, faculty members, patients, the families of patients and other stakeholders in healthcare training and delivery.
Reasonable accommodation for the Technical Standards may be requested. Otherwise, qualified candidates may formally request assistance in compliance with the Technical Standards.
- Reasonable accommodation in the Technical Standards is not the same as reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Whether a requested accommodation is reasonable must be determined by the Program Chair on an individual basis, in consultation with the involved student, appropriate college officials and other persons with direct standing in the request.
- Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Admissions Policies and Procedures, no candidate who by clear and convincing evidence is unable or unwilling to comply with the published Technical Standards and for whom reasonable accommodation cannot be provided, shall be admitted as a student to the program.
A candidate who is denied reasonable accommodation for apparent inability to comply with the Technical Standards or a candidate who believes that a Program Chair’s determination that he or she does not comply with such Standards is incorrect may appeal in accordance with the provisions of the Admissions Policies and Procedures.
A. Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Admissions Policies and Procedures, no candidate who by clear and convincing evidence is unable or unwilling to comply with the published Technical Standards and for whom reasonable accommodation cannot be provided, shall be admitted as a student to the program.
B. Appeals from the determination of the Program Chair that a student is unable or unwilling to comply with the Technical Standards must be made to the College Provost.
1. Appeals to the college must be in writing, must be signed by the candidate personally and must be received by the Campus Dean no later than seven business days after the date of the determination made by the Program Chair.
C. The college shall have the discretion to determine whether further investigation is warranted or whether the matter may be concluded based upon the investigation as completed prior to the appeal.
D. Following a review of the appeal, the college may take any of the steps available to the Campus Dean to conclude the matter, including but not limited to requiring admission of the candidate to the Program or declining admission of the candidate to the Program.
Further appeals, if any, shall be made in accordance with any applicable provisions of the college.
For the May 2019 charter class, the earliest opportunity to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant licensure examination will be April 2021.
Effective October 31st 2018, ASA College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com). If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call [(786) 279-2643 x 4924 or email firstname.lastname@example.org ].
Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.