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South University, Tampa Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science Degree Program

Physical Therapist Assistant programs offered at South University—tampa

Program Information

Are you looking for physical therapist assistant programs in Tampa, Florida? The Associate of Science (AS) in Physical Therapist Assistant degree program at South University’s Tampa campus is designed to prepare physical therapist assistants who reflect the high standards of professional practice and conduct.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, there were approximately 114,400 physical therapist assistants and aides in 2010. That number is expected to grow by 45% from 2010-2020, due to the growing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function and the increasing use of physical therapist assistants to reduce the cost of therapeutic services.

The South University, Tampa Physical Therapist Assistant associate’s degree program may be completed in eight quarters. The general education phase consists of three quarters. The professional preparation phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program consists of three academic quarters of lecture and laboratory courses. An additional two quarters are spent in full-time clinical experiences. The academic program is taught during the day at the Tampa campus.

Clinical Experience and Externship

The program has one part-time and two full-time clinical education experiences in which students complete 656 hours of clinical education. The first clinical experience is integrated into the second quarter of the technical phase of the program. The second and third clinicals take place during the last two quarters of the curriculum, with students returning to campus to complete a course in Current Rehabilitation Issues between the clinical experiences. This course allows for the integration of clinical experiences with didactic materials and the opportunity to correct deficiencies identified in the assessment of the student's performance in the clinic. The clinical experiences are chosen from hospitals, nursing homes, sub-acute facilities, and outpatient centers with which the program has entered into clinical agreements.

For information on student outcomes and pass rates for the South University, Tampa Physical Therapist Assistant program, please visit Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Please contact the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director for the Tampa campus, Terry Rzepkowski 813-393-3694 | tzepkowski@southuniversity.edu, to obtain information on programmatic graduation, licensure, and employment rates.

Program Outcomes

As a physical therapist assistant, you’ll work under the supervision of a physical therapist to help patients whose ability to move is impaired, from injured athletes to disabled children. You’ll provide the kind of practical, hands-on help that can be truly life-changing.

Graduates of Tampa's Physical Therapist Assistant program will be able to:

1. Provide safe, efficient, efficacious interventions within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

2. Communicate using effective and culturally-competent verbal, nonverbal, written, and digital communication.

3. Provide effective education to patients, caregivers and members of the healthcare team.

4. Demonstrate the ability to appropriately and efficiently utilize resources to provide high-value physical therapy services.

5. Recognize the importance of maintaining competence in applicable areas of physical therapy practice.

6. Demonstrate the ability to work within the guidelines and standards established by regulatory, professional, and organizational entities.

7. Demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Core Values of the profession of physical therapy.

Accreditation Information

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at South University, Tampa is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

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