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 (CAPTE).  


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:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (850) 913-3312, or email

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 $48,090, in May 2018.  

Visit our main Physical Therapist Assistant Program website.

Printable Application for the PTA Program!

Online Application for the PTA Program!


Melinda Cumbaa, PT, DPT
PTA Program Coordinator
850- 913-3312
PTA Program Advisor for those with last names N-Z

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Adam Padgett, PTA
Assistant Coordinator & ACCE
850-769-1551, ext. 6180
PTA Program Advisor for those with last names A-M

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Rebecca Acton
Senior Administrative Assistant


Meet Adam Padgett, GCSC  Alumnus, PTA, CKTP

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."
– 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.

 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.



Laura Justice