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||
Able to comprehend and interpret written material. Follow and deliver written and oral directionAble to comprehend & apply new
knowledge within scope of work
|Critical Thinking||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment; synthesize information from written material and apply knowledge to clinical situations||
Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations
Read and comprehend relevant information in textbooks, medical records and professional literature
Make rapid decisions under pressure
Handle multiple priorities in stressful situationsAssist with problem solving
|Interpersonal||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, educational, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds||
Establish rapport with individuals. Cope effectively with stress
Can exchange ideas in a group (work
Cope with confrontation
Demonstrate a high degree of patienceGraciously admit mistakes and accept constructive criticism
|Communication||Communication abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and non-verbal form (speech, reading, and writing)||
Explain treatment procedures
Give effective instructions to patients and families
Demonstrate active listening skills. Recognize, interpret and respond to non-verbal behavior of self and othersKeep accurate, ethical logs and records of treatment and charges with correct spelling and grammar
|Mobility||Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room, to maneuver in small spaces and to perform procedures necessary for emergency intervention||
Maintain positions including sitting, standing, squatting, kneeling, reaching
Able to push, pull, and/or lift a minimum of 50-70 lbs., and push/ pull, or move such weight a minimum of 50 feet.
Safely and effectively transfer a 200-300lb patient with assistance
Able to lift up to 10 lbs. above headAble to endure and successfully complete a 40 hour work week during clinical education courses
|Motor Skills||Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care||
Handle and use equipment
Perform repetitive tasksAble to grip
|Hearing||Normal, corrected or aided - Auditory ability sufficient to interpret verbal communication from patients and health care team members||
Hear monitor alarms, emergency signals, and cries for helpHear telephone interactions
|Visual||Normal or corrected - Visual acuity sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for patient assessment||
Observe patient responsesIdentify and distinguish colors
|Tactile||Tactile ability sufficient for gross and fine motor coordination necessary for manual assessment of tissues||
Perform palpation, functions of physical
|Professionalism||Ability to demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic||
Demonstrate respect, moral and ethical behaviors in all academic and professional settings
Demonstrate time management skills that promote punctual attendance to class, lab and clinical settings
Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as appropriatePresent professional appearance and maintain personal hygiene