The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a selective admission, limited enrollment program. Admission to Gulf Coast State College does not imply acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Before beginning this program of study please review the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application, which contains a current listing of admission and course requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: General education courses may be taken during the PTA Program; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to begin work on the general education courses prior to entry into the program.
Completion of Anatomy & Physiology I (BSC 2085 & BSC 2085L) prior to starting the PTA program is suggested but not required. Extra points will be awarded for earning a "C" or better in Anatomy & Physiology I & II. Extra points will also be awarded for earning a “B” or better in Medical Terminology if completed prior to the application deadline.
Observation/Work Hours: Observation hours of a licensed PT or PTA are optional but highly encouraged. There is a form in the application for documentation of the hours, which will count toward extra points on the admission rubric provided a minimum of 40 hours are obtained.
Once accepted into the program the following is required:
- Satisfactory Criminal Background Check
- Satisfactory Drug Screening
- Documentation of Immunizations
- Physical Examination with clearance to perform technical standards listed below:
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Technical Standards
A physical therapist assistant is a health care professional whose primary responsibility is to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist and perform duties in a clinical setting. In addition to the duties of the profession, the physical therapist assistant must always be aware of the patient's condition and needs and be able to interact appropriately.
|TECHNICAL STANDARD||DEFINITION|| EXAMPLES OF NECESSARY ACTIVITIES
(Not All Inclusive)
|Cognitive Qualifications||Sufficient Reading, Language and Math Skills; Ability to collect and integrate information to make a decision for patient care||
|Critical Thinking||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment; synthesize information from written material and apply knowledge to clinical situations||
|Interpersonal||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, educational, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds||
|Communication||Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and non-verbal form (speech, reading, and writing)||
|Mobility||Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, to maneuver in small spaces and to perform procedures necessary for emergency intervention||
|Motor Skills||Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care||
|Hearing||Normal, corrected or aided - Auditory ability sufficient to interpret verbal communication from patients and health care team members||
|Visual||Normal or corrected - Visual acuity sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for patient assessment||
|Tactile||Tactile ability sufficient for gross and fine motor coordination necessary for manual assessment of tissues||
|Professionalism||Ability to demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic||