Physical Therapy Assistant student studying at Hodges University Library

Want an Amazing Career in Physical Therapy?

Enjoy A Rewarding Career As A Physical Therapy Assistant

In the accelerated and interactive Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, you will receive the training needed to work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in the rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal and/or neuromuscular deficits, diseases, or disorders. As a PTA, your role is critical to the implementation of the Physical Therapy plan developed by the Licensed Physical Therapist.

Students Love Our PTA Program and it Shows! Hodges University has Received CAPTE Approval to Begin a Second Cohort Starting in July of 2020. Apply Today!

Why Choose A CAPTE Accredited Program for Your Degree?

“CAPTE is the gold standard when it comes to accreditation,” said Dr. Cindy Vaccarino, PT, DPT, the PTA program director. “It’s the only Physical Therapy accreditation agency that is recognized by both the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.”

Currently, there are only 371 PTA programs nationally that have earned this accreditation. Hodges PTA students can complete the program in less than two years thanks to its accelerated, daytime program.

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28 May, 2020

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Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Why You’ll Love PTA Work

Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists you may

  • Treat patients through exercise, gait, and balance training.
  • Perform other therapeutic interventions such as electro-stimulation and ultrasound.
  • Observe patient progress and report findings to the physical therapist.
  • Assist patients with specific exercises.
  • Educate patients and families about what to do after treatment.

Additionally, you can experience

  • Intensive, limited cohort PTA program offered in On-Campus, Daytime Schedule. Monday-Friday.
  • Limited-enrollment, fast-pacedaccelerated day time program.
Hodges Heros Thank You

Hodges is the Right Choice!

  • The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
  • Accelerated Program that may be completed in two years or less!
  • Pre-PTA offered in a Blended format, while the PTA program is available at our Fort Myers Campus.
  • Receive Hands-on Training in our newly renovated, state of the art Health Sciences facility.
  • Internships at Clinics that provide real-life experience
  • Faculty are well-respected, experienced professionals credentialed, and experienced in their fields of expertise.
  • Support of Faculty and Staff devoted to helping you realize your dreams.
Hodges University Physical THerapist Assistants helping those at the Special Olympics

How Do I Apply to the PTA Program?

Physical Therapy Assistant Program Admission Requirements

There are prerequisites required to begin the AS in PTA program. You’ll need to complete the AA in Pre-PTA (or equivalent education) to qualify for this program and complete the PTA Admission Process.

AS in PTA Admission Process:

Interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Hodges U? Here’s what you need to know to enroll.

  • For consideration in the PTA Program, we’ll be looking at your GPA. You’ll need a 2.75 cumulative GPA in science, as well as an overall GPA of 2.75.
  • You’ll need to complete a secondary application specifically for the PTA Program.
  • We’ll expect you to complete 24 clinical hours of observation under a licensed PTA or PT.
  • You need to successfully complete a drug and background screening.
  • We’ll schedule a time to talk about the program and ask you some questions. You’ll also be able to evaluate if we’re the right fit for you. An essay will be a vital part of our conversation.

Complete the AS in PTA in 2 Years or Less!

Hodges’ interactive AS in PTA program may be completed in two years or less (however, it may take longer for some students). The PTA curriculum is a full-time, day program, running Monday through Friday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM. You will also participate in two internships consisting of 40 hours per week for seven weeks.  

Let’s Get Started in PTA Today! We know you can do this.

How Do I Enroll in the PTA Program?

In order to apply, students must first complete several prerequisite courses before applying to the PTA Program. These courses may be completed individually or as part of an AA degree with a focus in PTA (See Pre-PTA)Please note, students who have completed the AA in Pre-PTA program at Hodges U will still need to apply for the limited-enrollment PTA program (see instructions below).

For detailed information, click here to review the PTA Program Fact Sheet. The next step is to submit an application to Hodges University. See the “First, Apply to Hodges University” button.

The final step requires application to the highly competitive PTA Program. Admission to the Program is based on academic performance and satisfactory completion of other requirements. Please be aware that while successful completion of the AA in Pre-PTA program makes you an excellent candidate for the PTA program, it does not guarantee acceptance. Everyone interested and qualified should Apply to the highly competitive Physical Therapist Assistant Program by clicking the “Then, Apply to the PTA program” button below.

Questions about the application process? Please join us at the next PTA Informational Session so that Dr. Cindy Vacarrino, Director of the PTA Program, may assist you.

Enjoy a Rewarding Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Join our CAPTE Approved Limited-Enrollment PTA Class Starting in July!

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Associate of Arts in Pre-PTA

Prepare for our PTA Program

  • Complete your general education credits before you begin the PTA program.
  • Provides a basis for the advanced, accelerated PTA program.
  • You may learn the basic skills you need to apply for the Physical Therapy Assistant program.
  • Degree may prepare you to apply for the limited-enrollment PTA program (our PTA program is competitive, not everyone who applies will be accepted).
  • Pre-PTA offered in a Blended format, while the PTA program is available On-Campus.

Hodges University Physical Therapist Assistant Program Accreditation

Physical Therapist Assistant Accreditation Information

The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and graduates of the program are eligible to take the national licensing board exam required to practice in the field of physical therapy. 

The Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hodges University 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 239-938-7718 or email

Physical Therapist Assistant students learning skills they need to succeed in Hodges University's PTA Lab environment

Please contact Dr. Cynthia Vaccarino if you have specific questions or concerns regarding Hodges University’s PTA program at

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