AREA OF CONCENTRATION: Upon successful completion of
the prescribed course of study, students will receive an
Associate in Science degree. Graduates are eligible to take the
Physical Therapist Assistant licensing examination. Graduates
wishing to be employed in Florida are required, under Chapter
486, Florida State Physical Therapy Practice Act, to be
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is an intensive, fulltime
program that is designed to be completed in two years.
Once selected into the program the courses must be taken
sequentially and are offered only once per year The program
is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
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, students should obtain a program
application packet from the Division of Health Sciences,
containing a current listing of admission and course
Admission to Gulf Coast State College must be
granted prior to applying to the Physical Therapist
Scores from the Computerized Placement Test or the equivalent course (see application packet).
Official high school transcript or GED sent to
the Office of Admission and Records. Official college
transcripts (from each college or university attended)
sent to the Office of Admissions and Records and
evaluated by that office. A minimum GPA of “C” or 2.0 is
required. Preference is given to those students with a
science background and a GPA of 2.8 or better.
A completed health sciences application must be
submitted, including technical standards and
prerequisites. The satisfaction of minimum
requirements does not automatically guarantee
admission. Admission is competitive among eligible
applicants. Final selections will be made by the
Admissions Committee based on an objective point
system computed from the admissions criteria.
One class per year will be admitted in the fall semester. Application deadline for the fall 2016 class is May 9, 2016.
Students not admitted for the year in which they
applied must reapply if they wish to be considered for
entry in a subsequent year (no waiting list).
Program Policies: Specific program policies can be found
in the Student Handbook for Physical Therapist