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Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction of a physical therapist to assist patients in improving their mobility, restoring function and relieving their pain. They are trained to prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

Once You Complete the Program

Graduates of the IRSC Physical Therapist Assistant program sit for the Florida Jurisprudence Examination and the National PTA Licensure Examination and seek employment in a hospital, physical therapist’s office, skilled nursing facility or in home care.

Getting Started

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a selective admission program.  Students are selected based on criteria outlined in the Physical Therapist Assistant Application Book.

For more information, contact:
Bernice Cuscuna
772-462-7771
bcuscuna@irsc.edu

Physical Therapist Assistant Information Sessions

Free information sessions are held periodically throughout the year. Click on an upcoming session link to view the Zoom meeting information:

Applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The application for the Fall 2021 program will be available after January 4, 2021.

Health Science Application Process

  • Current/returning students: Log into MyPioneerPortal with your IRSC RiverMail address and your password. Login to confirm that your IRSC admissions (transcripts, residency, New Student orientation and holds) are completed prior to the application deadline date.  
  • New students: complete the IRSC Online Application for Admission.

Click here to begin the Health Science Application

  • On the Admission Application Instructions webpage, click on the blue SIGN IN button.
  • If you have not submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), you will need to select Create Account at the bottom of the Sign In box.
    • You will need to check your email for the address provided to verify the account before signing in.  Please check both the junk/spam and inbox folders for this email.  The email will be from IRSC Workday.
    • Once you have clicked on the link or copied and pasted it in a new web browser, sign in to the Health Science Application Portal. 
  • If you have submitted a health science application for the 2020-2021 school year (July 2020 to present), sign in using the email address provided when you created the account (this will NOT be your RiverMail or Pioneer Portal sign in).
  • On the Admissions Application Instruction webpage, select Health Science Associate Application (Degree, Diploma, Technical Certificate).
  • Click on the blue Apply Now.
  • Once you complete all of the questions, select Pay Now in blue to submit the $30 application fee.  
  • A new screen will open to enter you payment information. SAVE YOUR RECEIPT.

Go back to the application screen (in a different tab/window) and click the blue NEXT button.  Check the box next to the acknowledgement and click on the blue SUBMIT button.

Send your application documents to Jdiaz1@irsc.edu before the application deadline date. 

IN-PROGRESS APPLICATIONS

To complete an in-progress application, return to the Health Science Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your in-progress application under Your Applications with a status of Not Submitted. Click on the link to complete it.

APPLICATION REVIEW

To review your application status, return to the Health Science Admissions Application site and sign into your account using the Sign In Button at the top right corner of the page with the credentials you created when you submitted your application. Once you’re signed in, select the application type of the application you started under Admissions on the right. You’ll see your submitted application under Your Applications – click on it to see actions required.

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Indian River State College 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 772-462-7771 or email bcuscuna@irsc.edu.

Additional Program Information

HOSA

This is a national organization which supplements and complements the health occupations education curriculum. HOSA provides students in secondary, postsecondary and collegiate programs with opportunities to develop personal, leadership and career skills needed by healthcare providers. HOSA helps develop the total person, not just job-specific skills. The rapidly changing healthcare system needs workers who are technically skilled, people-oriented and capable of accepting leadership positions as a member of a team. Learn more.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways for Physical Therapist Assistant

To view and print an Academic Plan/Guided Pathway, double-click on the program title.

For course descriptions, see the College Catalog.

Academic Plans/Guided Pathways are recommended sequences of courses and prerequisites needed to complete your degree. It is a general suggestion for when to take your courses; it is not a course schedule. Students should meet with their advisors to make appropriate course selections. The Academic Plans/Guided Pathways listed below are for the current academic year. Students should consult with their advisors for plan requirements specific to their academic year.

Physical Therapist Assistant A.S.

Gain management and technical skills in many high-demand career fields, with the option to continue toward a Bachelor’s Degree at IRSC.

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