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Physical Therapist Assistant Program- A.S. Degree

 

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, A.S. 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 Education (CAPTE).  

While salaries vary based on the type and location of your job, based on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for physical therapist assistants was $42,980 in May 2015.  

Visit our main Physical Therapist Assistant Program website.

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Meet Adam Padgett, GCSC  Alumnus, PTA, CKTP

Adam Padgett, PTA, CKTP

"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."
– Physical Therapist Assistant, Excel Therapy, LLC
 

Who is eligible for the physical therapist assistant A.S. program?

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  

WHY CHOOSE GULF COAST STATE COLLEGE TO EARN YOUR Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S. degree?

  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • Get the personal attention you deserve with small class sizes and professors who care.
  • The PTA program at Gulf Coast State College has a 94% employment rate, for graduates within 6 months of licensure.
 

How do I apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant, A.S. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete two steps:  First complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Next complete the Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant Application.  The Physical Therapist Assistant Application contains vital information about the application process and additional information about the program. 

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
 •+*ENC1101, English I 3
Humanities Area 3
See General Education Requirement
Mathematics Area 3
 +* Approved college-level mathematics (MAC/MGF/STA) 
Natural Sciences Area
 +*BSC2085, Anatomy and Physiology I 3
 *BSC2085L, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
 +*BSC2086, Anatomy & Physiology II 3
 *BSC2086L, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
Social Sciences Area
Behavioral Sciences •PSY2012, Psychology 3
Major Courses
 *#HSC1531, Medical Terminology 2
 +*#PHT1000, Intro. to Physical Therapy 2
 +*#PHT1102, Applied Anatomy for PTAs 2
 +*#PHT1200, Basic Skills in Patient Care 2
 +*#PHT1200L, Basic Skills in Patient Care Lab 2
 +*#PHT1124, Functional Human Motion 2
 +*#PHT1124L, Functional Human Motion Lab 2
 +*#PHT1131, Assessment, Measure, Document 1
 +*#PHT1131L, Assessment, Measurement and Documentation Lab 2
 +*#PHT1220, Intro. to Therapeutic Exercise 3
 +*#PHT1220L, Therapeutic Exercise Lab 2
 +*#PHT2224, Therapeutic Interventions I:  Medical/Surgical Disabilities 2
 +*#PHT2224L, Therapeutic Interventions I Lab 1
 +*#PHT2211, Therapeutic Modalities 2
 +*#PHT2211L, Therapeutic Modalities Lab 2
 +*#PHT2225, Therapeutic Interventions II:  Orthopedic Disabilities 3
 +*#PHT2225L, Therapeutic Interventions II Lab 2
 +*#PHT2226, Therapeutic Interventions III:  Neurological Disabilities 3
 +*#PHT2226L, Therapeutic Interventions III Lab 2
 +*#PHT2801, PTA Clinical Practice I 3
 +*#PHT2810, PTA Clinical Practice II 5
 *#PHT2820, PTA Clinical Practice III 5
 +*#PHT2931, Seminar 2
TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 74

• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required.  See course descriptions.

# Applies to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.

 
 
 PTA Laboratory Space
 

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.

 
 

Contact AN ADVISOR:

Melinda Cumbaa, PT, MS, DPT
PTA Program Coordinator
850- 913-3312

mcumbaa@gulfcoast.edu

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Kelli Walsingham, PTA, BSSFM, MS
Assistant Coordinator & ACCE,  PTA Program
850-769-1551, extension 6180

kwalsingham@gulfcoast.edu

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Craig Wise
Assistant Coordinator, Health Sciences Admissions
850-913-3311

cwise@gulfcoast.edu


 Melissa Bois
Senior Administrative Assistant
850-873-3542

mbois@gulfcoast.edu


 Laura Justice
Chair, Health Sciences
Health Sciences Building, Room 203
850-872-3828

ljustice@gulfcoast.edu

 
 
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