Physical Therapist Assistant
Seminole State College-Gordon Cooper Technology Center
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Seminole State College (SSC) and Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC) have come together to create the SSC-GCTC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. The core curriculum will be provided on the SSC campus with the technical portion of the program being held on the GCTC campus.
The SSC-GCTC PTA Program is a 1+1 program. The total program is 67 credit hours. Prior to entrance into the program, students must complete 20 hours of common core courses and 11 hours of support courses for a total of 31 hours of prerequisite work. Upon entrance into the program, students must complete 36 hours of technical training. The technical portion of the degree consists of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences. The approximately 2 years of training culminates in an Associate of Applied Science Degree granted by SSC. The student will then be eligible to sit for a state licensure examination.
The PTA works in a variety of settings under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist (PT) to develop mobility, relieve pain, prevent physical disability, and promote wellness. The PTA program is designed to prepare the student to perform at entry-level as a PTA. A PTA must be a graduate of a program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and must satisfy the licensing requirements of the state where they wish to work.
Program Accreditation Status
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; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Seminole State College-Gordon Cooper Technology Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 405-273-7493 ext. 2214 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SSC- GCTC PTA Program mission is to provide quality learning environments preparing people for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant and success in the workplace, in education and in life. Successful graduates will be committed to community involvement, evidence-based practice, and continual professional development in their field.
Student and Graduate Goals
- Students will acquire knowledge and develop skills which will enable them to pass the national licensure examination to become licensed physical therapist assistants.
- Students will develop the skills necessary to perform as an entry-level clinician who will work under the direction of a physical therapist.
- Students will seek lifelong learning opportunities to enhance their skills and positively impact the profession.
- Students will display a commitment to service for both their communities and the profession.
- Faculty members will display a commitment to service for both their communities and the profession.
- Faculty members will maintain involvement in and promote evidence-based practice in their teaching and professional involvement.
- The program, through faculty and students, will display commitment to both the community and the physical therapy profession.
- The program resources will be evaluated on an annual basis by the PTA Oversight Committee to ensure that quality learning environments are provided for students.
Requirements for Admission
Students wishing to apply to the SSC-GCTC PTA Program must first meet all admission requirements to SSC. The proper steps to take for admission to SSC can be found online at http://www.sscok.edu/Admissions.html. Please note that the steps for application to the PTA Program are separate from the admission process for SSC.
All pre-requisite coursework must be completed by the semester prior to the first course of the technical portion of the degree plan to be eligible for application. Pre-requisites include the following:
- English Composition I
- English Composition II, Intro to Oral Communication, or Fundamentals of Computer Usage
- U.S. History
- American Federal Government
- General Psychology
- Human Anatomy
- Human Physiology
- Medical Terminology
Upon acceptance into SSC, prospective students may apply to the PTA Program. Applications will be available online (accessible to print from tab below) MARCH 1. All completed applications are to be submitted by MAY 1 of each year. Applications must include the following:
- Copies of transcripts for all collegiate level academic work including degrees conferred
- Proof of residence (if qualified to receive GCTC points for residence)
- Evidence of any completed GCTC Allied Health Programs (if applicable)
- ACT Scores
- Completed essays
- Evidence of prior work in a health related field (if applicable)
- Documentation of 40 observation hours completed in a minimum of 2 settings on provided form
- Proof of CPR