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Academic CredentialAssociate in Science (AS)
Total Credit Hours74
Average Time to Complete2 yrs.
Academic PathwayHealth Sciences
ADVISOR FOR LAST NAME N-ZMelinda Cumbaa, PT, DPT
PTA Program Coordinator
850.913.3312
mcumbaa@gulfcoast.edu

ADVISOR FOR LAST NAME A-MAdam Padgett, PTA
Assistant Coordinator & ACCE
850.769.1551, ext. 6180
apadgett@gulfcoast.edu

Academic Program Specialist850.913.3311
Health SciencesGCSC@gulfcoast.edu

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Physical Therapist Assistant, AS

Would You Like a Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant?

If you have an interest in healthcare, a strong background in science, and like to help people move, then our Physical Therapist Assistant, AS degree program is for you. This program is designed to prepare you for entry-level work as a physical therapist assistant.  Gulf Coast State College offers the necessary courses to help you develop the skills that employers are looking for today. You will get hands-on training in the field of physical therapy through both academic laboratory and clinical practice.  This program will prepare you to take the national licensure examination through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE). 

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Gulf Coast State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (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 (850) 913-3312, or email mcumbaa@gulfcoast.edu.

PTAs are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, schools, and outpatient physical therapy clinics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for physical therapist assistants working in the United States was estimated to be between $37,000 - $80,000, with the mean at $60,000.  In our geographical area, new graduates typically start at the lower end of this range.

Physical Therapist Assistant Course Requirements

English I
Visual & Performing Arts or
Philosophy/Religion or
Literature 
Select One from a list of Math Courses
Anatomy and Physiology
American National Government or United States History II and demonstrate Civic Literacy Competency or
General Psychology
Anatomy and Physiology Courses
Medical Terminology
Physical Therapy Courses

A complete list of courses with descriptions can be found in the Catalog

What can you do with a Physical Therapist Assistant?

Gulf Coast program graduates typically site for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam following graduation. The following represents our first attempt pass rates:

Class of 2021: 79%

Class of  2022: 86%

Class of  2023: 80%

Two-Year rate:

2021-2022: 82%

2022-2023: 83%

Gulf Coast PTA alumni are incredibly employable. The following represents the percentage of students who found employment within one year of graduation:

Class of 2020: 86%

Class of  2021: 100%

Class of  2022: 100%

Two-Year rate:

2020-2021: 93%

2021-2022: 100%

Physical Therapist
Adam Padgett
"The Physical Therapist Assistant program at GCSC was more than just 'the next stop' in my education. They prepared me academically and professionally for my future career; my classmates and instructors became my greatest friends. A large part of my success today is due to the hard work and attention to detail my instructors placed in my education."
-Adam Padgett
Physical Therapist Assistant, Excel Therapy, LLC
Physical Therapist Assistant Student

Physical Therapist Assistant Lab

You'll acquire the skills you need to be successful in Gulf Coast State College's Physical Therapist Assistant Laboratory, overlooking the beautiful bay on our Panama City campus. Our state-of-the-art laboratory space will enable you to perform simulated treatments using current technology.

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How to apply to the Physical Therapist  Program

To apply to the dental hygiene degree program, you’ll need to complete two applications: the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College and an online application to the Physical Therapist Program on the Panama City campus. More information about the application process can be found on the PTA Application Info Packet.

Consult the Physical Therapist Program webpage and the Gulf Coast State College Catalog more information about the Dental Hygiene Program.

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