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Are you looking for physical therapist assistant programs in West Palm Beach, Florida? The Associate of Science (AS) in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree program at South University’s West Palm Beach campus, prepares physical therapist assistants who reflect the highest 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 professional preparation phase of the South University, West Palm Beach Physical Therapist Assistant associate’s degree program consists of four academic quarters of lecture and laboratory courses. An additional two quarters are spent in full-time clinical experiences. The academic program is taught in the evenings at the West Palm Beach campus.

Clinical Experience and Externship

An integrated clinical experience occurs during the fifth quarter of the technical preparation phase, in which a seven week full-time clinical experience is followed by three weeks of clinical and didactic assimilation. The terminal nine week full-time clinical experience is conducted in the sixth quarter of the technical phase of the program. 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, West Palm Beach Physical Therapist Assistant program, please visit Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Please contact the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program Director for the West Palm Beach campus Dr. Ron Peterson 561-273-6408 | apeterson@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 West Palm Beach'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, West Palm Beach, 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: http://www.capteonline.org. The program's current status is probationary accreditation. For more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/

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