1. What pre-requisites are required to be considered for the program?
The following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better to be considered for entry into the PTA program:
BSC 1085 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & Lab
ENC 1101 College Composition I
PHT 1006 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant
MAC 1105 College Algebra or MGF2106 College Math
In addition, students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater, complete a minimum of 20 hours (documented) of volunteer service under the supervision of a PT or PTA. Volunteer hours must be a minimum of five (5) hours in at least two (2) different type of healthcare settings.
Total cost for this 74 credit hour program will be approximately $10,859 ($146.74 per credit hour) for Florida residents and $33,232 ($449.08 per credit hour) for non-residents. These figures include total cost for the program including tuition. Approximately $700 - $800 will be needed for textbooks, lab fees, uniforms, etc. A satisfactory Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE- $90) Level II Background Screening to include Fingerprinting and Drug Testing. This must be completed and received prior to the first day of classes for applicants who have been accepted. Students will also be required to repeat their background screening prior to attending clinical classes. Additional funds will be needed for clinical internships for transportation, meals, and possible housing.
3. Will my previous college coursework count toward this program?
All official transcripts must be submitted to the DSC Record’s Department. The Record’s Department will then determine which credits are transferable to the A.S. Degree Program.
4. Will I be required to obtain a license to practice as a PTA?
Yes. You must pass the state licensure examination to obtain a license, which enables you to practice in the state of Florida. This examination process will cost about $750.
5. What is the job market for PTA’s?
Employment opportunities for PTA’s in the area appear to be excellent.
6. What salary can I expect to earn?
Salaries may vary with each agency, however, a salary of approximately $38,000 per year can be expected.
7. When does the program start and how may I get an application?
The program starts every Spring semester (January), and applications may be obtained by contacting Melissa Brown, Academic Advisor @ (386) 506-3052, Melissa.Brown@DaytonaState.edu , building 320 Room 549, or the School of Health Careers Connie Kisner @ (386) 506-3080 or Connie.Kisner@DaytonaState.edu.
8. Will PTA coursework transfer to senior colleges or secure a seat in a PT Program?
PTA courses usually do not transfer throughout the United States. PT Programs are highly competitive in their admissions process for Doctoral degree’s. These programs usually do not give “preference” to PTA’s.
9. How can one obtain more information on PTA programs?
Contact American Physical Therapy Association at www.apta.org