Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant

Is the PTA Program the Right Path for Me?

Physical Therapist Assistants are compassionate, empathetic, observant, and analytical. They enjoy working with people and enjoy physical activity. Does this sound like you? Would you like to work in healthcare and incorporate a component of physical activity into your career? If so, an Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program might be the right path.

In this program, you will develop the entry-level skills and knowledge to work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist in the rehabilitation of patients with musculoskeletal and/or neuromuscular deficits, diseases, or disorders.  

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.  

Join us on our Naples campus, Room 221 at 5:00 p.m. for an informational session on one of the following dates: Thursday, Jan 17th; Tuesday, Feb 19th or Wednesday, March 13th. For more information, call Dr. Cynthia Vaccarino, PTA Program Chair, at (239) 938-7718.

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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 239-938-7718 or email cvaccarino@hodges.edu

I Love Helping People! How Will I Help People as a Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical Therapist Assistants help licensed physical therapists provide care to patients. Under the direction and supervision of physical therapists, PTA’s treat patients through exercise, gait and balance training, and other therapeutic interventions.  

Physical therapist assistants typically do the following:

  • Observe patients before, during, and after treatment, noting patient status and reporting it to a physical therapist.
  • Help patients do specific exercises as part of the plan of care.
  • Treat patients using a variety of techniques, such as electro-stimulation and ultrasound.
  • Use assistive devices and equipment to help patients.
  • Educate patients and family members about what to do after treatment.

Become a Physical Therapist Assistant at Hodges U

Join Us at Hodges U and Complete the Program in Two Years or Less!

This hands-on program is available on the Hodges University Naples campus and is the only one in the area that can be completed in two years or less. This is a full-time, day program, running Monday through Friday from 8:30AM – 5:00PM and also includes two internships consisting of 40 hours per week for seven weeks in Summer Term B and eight weeks in Fall Term B.  

With small classes, hands-on curriculum, and dedicated instructors with practical experience, Hodges University’s PTA Associate Degree Program is designed to propel you into your new career as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 51.0806

How do I Get Started in the PTA Program?

To be eligible to begin the AS in PTA program, there are prerequisites. You must have the AA in Pre-PTA or comparable course studies to qualify for this program.

Have you already taken some health courses? That’s great! We accept transfer students into the Pre-PTA program and will evaluate your transcript so that you know where to begin your PTA pathway.

Get Started in the PTA Program

If the PTA pathway sounds like the right program for you, then let’s get started! Here’s what you should expect.

  • 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 required as a part of our conversation.

Let’s Get You on the PTA Pathway Today! We know you can do this.

Hodges' Associate in Pre-PTA

Get a well-rounded education when you start with the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. You’ll be exposed to a variety of subjects. You will complete a total of 60 credit hours, 36 hours in general education courses and 24 hours in the Pre-PTA program. This will ensure you have the background to begin the intensive PTA program.

PTA Job Opportunities

Employment of physical therapist assistants is projected to grow 31% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations*.

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you could work in fields such as:

  • Nursing Care Facilities – $66,000
  • Home Healthcare Services – $62.000
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private – $55,000
  • Offices of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists – $55,000
  • Offices of Physicians – $54,000

Source: BLS.gov

The Hodges University Difference

The School of Health Sciences

Welcome to Hodges University School of Health Sciences. Whether you are a new or continuing student, or someone looking for a place to further your educational experience, Hodges University offers some of the most exceptional programs designed to fit your individual needs. As dean of the School of Health Sciences, I want to congratulate you on pursuing your educational journey. It is our honor to assist you in reaching your personal and professional goals for the future.


The Healthcare field is one of the fastest growing industries in the country, and the demand for qualified healthcare professionals has never been higher. The School of Health Sciences at Hodges University provides many high-quality undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs. Our programs are designed to prepare you for the exciting and professional world of healthcare.  

Hodges University offers the first-time student, as well as the seasoned professional, an environment aimed to foster success:

  • We treat you as an individual. Class sizes are small so that each student can receive individual attention from faculty.
  • Students requiring additional support with writing or study skills have a variety of services readily available at no additional cost.
  • All faculty members are experienced practitioners who hold appropriate academic credentials in their fields and have or are currently working in their areas of expertise.
  • All faculty hold regular office hours and are available to meet with you in person or by telephone when you need it most.
  • A variety of flexible delivery formats including day, evening, and online classes, as well as accelerated programs to speed graduation.


Hodges’ School of Health Sciences is offering Heartsaver® CPR AED and Heartcode® BLS certification programs in a blended format. Individuals may take the Heartsaver® CPR AED or Heartcode® BLS lessons online at their own pace before scheduling an instructor-led skills practice and testing session at Hodges. Upon successful completion of the skills practice and testing sessions, students will receive a Heartsaver® CPR AED or Heartcode® BLS card that is valid for two years.

Students in the Heartsaver® CPR AED course will learn how to recognize when someone is in need of CPR and how CPR can increase survival rates, how to administer CPR on adults and children, and experience using an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Heartcode® BLS certification is designed for healthcare professionals. Depending on the need, an in-facility or pre-hospital track may be selected.

To learn more about the program, view testing dates, schedule an American Heart Association online course or practice and test session at Hodges, visit https://hu.formstack.com/forms/cpr_bls. For more information, contact Maria Vacca at mvacca@hodges.edu or (239) 598-6285.

Join us at Hodges and advance your career in the healthcare field. Choosing to enroll in programs of study within the Health School will help you to develop compassion for your fellow man/woman and the necessary skills and knowledge to transfer your compassion into tangible results.

William M. Griz, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Health Sciences

 

Accreditation

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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 239-938-7718 or email cvaccarino@hodges.edu. 

Concerns, questions, or complaints? Please submit to Hodges University by emailing us for assistance at cvaccarino@hodges.edu.

Lisa Perry - PTA

Career Goal:
To become a physical therapist assistant and help geriatrics and injured veterans in Collier County following my graduation from Hodges University.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
I don’t know that I can specify one class as my favorite. Each class has given me unique skills that will be invaluable in the pursuit of my degree and my chosen profession. I am thankful for the quality of education I receive at Hodges and the caliber of instruction I have received.

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