Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant prepares students for employment as a skilled licensed health care worker under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist. A Physical Therapist Assistant assists in the management of conditions such as arthritis, amputation, fractures, cerebrovascular accident (stroke), spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, wounds, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, cardiac and pulmonary pathology, sport injuries, work injuries and other types of injuries and/or pathologies.
The accreditation status of the Physical Therapist Assistant program is published on the Accreditation page of the University website and may be viewed by clicking here. This information is also published in the University Catalog which may be accessed by clicking here.
The following Goals and Student Learning Outcomes are designed to meet Keiser University’s Physical Therapist Assistant program mission and its objectives. Graduates of the program are prepared to enter the workforce as entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants and by the completion of the program:
Program Goal 1
Communicate and collaborate within the healthcare environment and with members of the community.
Program Goal 2
Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes reflective of an entry level Physical Therapist Assistant.
Program Goal 3
Exhibit professional and ethical behaviors consistent with the scope of practice of a PTA.
SLO VI – Analyze clinical situations and respond in adherence with professional, legal and ethical standards.
SLO VII – Identify and implement safety protocols in all aspects of practice.
Program Goal 4
Explore contemporary practice to develop commitment to lifelong learning.
Program Goal 5
PTA Program Faculty will provide a variety of effective didactic and clinical learning experiences.
Program Goal 6
PTA Program Faculty will engage in professional development and service to meet the needs of the program and University
To receive an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, students must earn 74.0 credit hours. Program requirements are as follows.
Each course in the PTA major is a prerequisite for the subsequent course and therefore must be passed with a minimum “C” grade in order to proceed successfully through the program.
|Physical Therapist Assistant Major Courses (48.0 credit hours)|
|Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant||5.0 credit hours|
|Kinesiology||4.0 credit hours|
|Functional Modalities||4.0 credit hours|
|Therapeutic Exercise I||4.0 credit hours|
|Therapeutic Exercise II||2.0 credit hours|
|Patient Care Procedures||4.0 credit hours|
|Tests and Measurements||4.0 credit hours|
|Pathophysiology||5.0 credit hours|
|Rehabilitation||4.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Experience I||5.0 credit hours|
|Clinical Experience II||7.0 credit hours|
|Behavioral Science (3.0 credit hours)|
|Introduction to Psychology||3.0 credit hours|
|Computers (3.0 credit hours)|
|Introduction to Computers||3.0 credit hours|
|English (3.0 Credit Hours)|
|English Composition I||3.0 credit hours|
|English Composition II||3.0 credit hours|
|Humanities/Fine Arts (3.0 credit hours)|
|American Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|English Literature||3.0 credit hours|
|Mathematics (3.0 credit hours)|
|Intermediate Algebra||3.0 credit hours|
|Natural Science (11.0 credit hours)|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4.0 credit hours|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4.0 credit hours|
|Human Functional Anatomy||3.0 credits|
|Estimated Student Cost for Physical Therapist Assistant Program Major|
|Tuition for PTA Program Major||$33,702 total tuition for the PTA major ($11,024 per semester)|
|University Registration Fee||$145|
|University Application Fee||$55|
|Education Fee||$2,940 ($980 per semester)|
|Required Textbooks||$3,000 ($1000 per semester)|
|Student Materials and Equipment Cost||$100|
|Required Resources Cost:
– APTA Membership
– PEAT Exam
|Background Check, Physical, and Pre-Clinical Costs||$750|
|On-Site Review Course||$200|
|Examination and Licensure Fees||$851.10|
|Total Estimated Cost||$41,919.10|
|Withdrawal Fee (if applicable)||($100)|
|Re-Entry Fee (if applicable)||($150)|
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) requires public disclosure of the Physical Therapist Assistant program outcomes, including graduation rate, licensure examination pass rate, and employment rate. This information may be viewed by clicking here.
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