Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are skilled health care providers who work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Duties of the PTA include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs, teaching clients exercises and activities of daily living, performing treatments and reporting client responses to the physical therapist. In addition to direct patient care, the physical therapist assistant also performs functions such as patient transport, preparation for treatment and maintenance of equipment.

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, private physical therapy offices, community health centers, outpatient and sports facilities, corporate or industrial health centers, research institutions, extended care facilities, home health agencies, pediatric centers, schools, colleges, and universities.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:   website: 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (941) 752-5346 or email  



Program Director:                                                                

Matthew Connell, MPT                                                     


Information for Prospective Students & PTA Applicants

For information about the program please review the following information and attend a free information session. If you still have questions after attending an information session you can contact us at:

941-752-5346 or by emailing Norma Davies at 


About the Degree Offered:

Physical Therapist Assistant A.S.


About the PTA Program 

PTA Program Frequently Asked Questions

PTA Curriculum Plan 

Click here for information about the Physical Therapy profession 

Click here to view the Admissions Requirements for the PTA Program 

Click here to view the estimated program cost for 2019-2020


About PTA Information Sessions

NOTE: Attendance at an Information Session is mandatory to be considered for acceptance into the PTA program. All Information Sessions will be held at the Bradenton campus location in building 28. 

PTA Information Session Dates 

Attendance at a PTA information session will be good for a period of 2 years from the date of the session. All students wishing to apply to the program who attended sessions greater than 2 years prior to the date of the application deadline will be required to attend another information session to be eligible for acceptance.  


How to Apply to the PTA Program 

The next application period will open 1/1/2021 for the class of 2023. Students will not be able to access, view or complete the program application until the application period opens on January 1st, 2021.

It is the responsibility of the student to follow the application instructions for the year to which they are applying.

Failure to follow all of the instructions will result in an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for acceptance. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all application directions are followed.

The program does not utilize a wait list. Students must apply every year. The PTA program is a limited enrollment program. Completion of all or part of the application requirements does not guarantee acceptance.



Information for Current PTA Students 

Click here to view the State College of Florida PTA Program Student Handbook 



Information for Clinical Education Sites, CCCEs and CIs 

Below is the link to the PTA Clinical Educator’s Handbook. Information regarding the clinical education program, course objectives, grading criteria, and CI expectations can be found in this handbook.

CIinical Instructor Handbook



Program Enrollment, Graduation, and Outcome Data

  Class of 2020 Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017
Total Applicants 100  131 139 135
Class start size 23  22 24 23 
Total Graduates TBD 15 18 16
Graduation Rate* TBD 93.8% 90% 80% 
Employment Rate** TBD  TBD 100% 100% 


Pass rate data as reported on FSBPT Basic Pass Rate Report available at

First Time NPTE-PTA Pass Rate: (2018-2019): 97%

Two Year Ultimate NPTE-PTA Pass Rate: (2018-2019): 100%

 *Graduation Rate is calculated utilizing the CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report data and formula.

**Employment Rate is calculated by data obtained via Graduate Surveys and represents % of graduates who indicate they sought employment and were employed as PTAs within one year of graduation. 

Information current as of 1/3/2020

 For concerns pertaining to the PTA Program please use the following link: PTA Program Concerns

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