Physical Therapist Assistant - Indian River State College
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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction of a physical therapist to assist patients in improving their mobility, restoring function and relieving their pain. They are trained to prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates of the IRSC Physical Therapist Assistant program sit for the Florida Jurisprudence Examination and the National PTA Licensure Examination and seek employment in a hospital, physical therapist’s office, skilled nursing facility or in home care.

Getting Started

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a selective-admissions program.  Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Physical Therapist Assistant Application Book.

For more information, contact:
Wendy McNall
wmcnall@irsc.edu

Physical Therapist Assistant Information Sessions

Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Click on an upcoming session link to view the Zoom meeting information:

Applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The application for the Fall 2022 program will be available after January 3, 2022. The deadline to apply is May 9, 2022.

Prior to beginning the application process:

  1. Read the Physical Therapist Assistant Application Book.
  2. Complete and submit the IRSC Health Science Application for the Physical Therapist Assistant program ($30 fee; keep a copy of your receipt.)

Begin Application

Note: If at any time during the application process you have a change in personal information (name change, address, phone number, or emails), submit the changes through MyPioneerPortal and to the Health Science Division at 772-462-7550.

Licensure Requirements

Indian River State College offers a number of different degrees and certificates leading to professional licensure in the state of Florida. Some professions require both a degree and the successful completion of additional criteria such as licensure exams, field placements, or clinical hours. Student eligibility to apply to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTE-PTA) in the State of Florida is defined in, F.S., 486.081 and also includes possession of a valid form of identification. Please visit the Florida Senate, fs 486.081 website to ensure your eligibility.

If you are a student who may choose to reside outside of Florida, IRSC cannot confirm whether this degree program meets educational requirements for professional licensure/certification in your state. Some states have requirements in addition to the program’s curriculum.  If you wish to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTE-PTA) exam in another state, contact the regulation of professions and occupations in the state to determine whether this degree will meet their licensure requirements.

Completion of the Physical Therapy Assistant program requirements makes you eligible to apply to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTE-PTA) exam in Florida.

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Indian River State College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-684-2782; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 772-462-7771 or email wmcnall@irsc.edu

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