Physical Therapist Assistant
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination in most states. Information about each state’s eligibility requirements concerning eligibility to sit for the examination is available from the licensing authorities of the state. Contact information for the licensing authorities is available from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy at: http://www.fsbpt.org/FreeResources/LicensingAuthoritiesContactInformation.aspx
Dade Medical College-Miami Lakes campus is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program, to be offered in a daytime format, from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-application stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.
NOTE: Dade Medical College-Miami Lakes campus is currently pursuing the accreditation process through CAPTE for the day program only.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate of Science Degree
122 Quarter Credits
1880 Clock Hours
Offered at Miami Lakes campus
Dade Medical College’s Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is designed for students seeking entry-level positions as Physical Therapist Assistants. Theoretical and practical experience in the classroom and labs are supplemented by three clinical rotations. The program prepares graduates to work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in a variety of health care settings, including rehabilitation facilities, schools, long term care, home health care, pediatrics, acute care hospitals, orthopedics, and sports medicine clinics.
It is the purpose of Dade Medical College’s Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program to provide those enrolled with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to function effectively as a PTA. The Physical Therapist Assistant program has established specific goals and student learning outcomes that are closely evaluated and modified as needed to best serve the students, the community, and to comply with the standards of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as well as support the Dade Medical College mission and goals. The Physical Therapist Assistant program will employ the following methods to attain the program-specific goals and student learning outcomes it has established:
- Provide students with an academic program leading to licensure/credentials to practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant under the guidance and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist.
- Provide students with curriculum content and clinical experiences consistent with the guidelines of CAPTE and the APTA Evaluation Section for PTA programs. The objective is to allow graduates to practice as competent, safe, ethical and legal practitioners of physical therapy services.
- Provide students with a balanced curriculum of General Education and occupational courses. The objectives are to have students develop writing and communication skills essential for documentation, skills tests, and clinical affiliations. Also, to have students recognize the relationships between concepts from the social and natural sciences and humanities and their relevance to medical and physical therapy practice.
- Keep curriculum current with up-to-date techniques and theories, based upon input from the PTA advisory committee and clinical instructors. The objective is to address the physical therapy education needs of the community and prepare students to be successful during their clinical experiences.
- Educate and train students with marketable skills to gain entry-level employment as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The objective is to use a curriculum structured through cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains to enhance the marketability of the student.
Credential: Associate of Science degree
Normal Time to complete the program: Approximately 2 years
On-time graduation rate for completers: Program does not have any graduates for academic year 2011-2012
Occupation by Name: Physical Therapist Assistants
SOC Code: 31-2021.00
Program Cost: $35,050 (registration fee - $50)
Placement Rate: Program does not have any graduates for academic year 2011-2012
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