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									       Physical Therapist Assistant
        APPLICATION FOR FALL PROGRAM




Application Deadline:                     First Tuesday of March
Classes Begin:                            August




                        For more information
                   IRSC Information Call Center
                        1-866-792-4772

                           www.irsc.edu
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                                      IRSC OVERVIEW

INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE is a public, comprehensive state college serving Florida’s
Research Coast at full-service campuses in Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart and
Vero Beach. IRSC has earned a statewide and national reputation for quality, innovation and
responsiveness to community needs, inspiring over 34,000 people to enroll in classes each year.
Tuition is affordable, and IRSC students benefit from many opportunities for scholarships and
financial aid.

Committed to helping each student succeed, IRSC offers Bachelor’s Degree programs meeting
critical workforce needs and Associate in Arts Degree programs for university transfer.
Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree and short-term certificate
programs prepare students for careers in health care, technology, business, industry, public safety
and many other fields.

The region’s education and technology center, IRSC provides diverse opportunities for
professional development, including customized business training. Free Adult Education,
including GED preparation and tutoring, provides a firm foundation for continued education. A
cultural hub, IRSC presents theatre and planetarium performances, lifelong learning, and a wide
range of enrichment activities.


                                    ACCREDITATION
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in
Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 N.
Fairfax Association, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 706-3245. Approved as a Massage School
by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy. Division of Medical Quality Assurance, 4052 Bald
Cypress Way, BIN # C06, Tallahassee, FL, 32399-3256, (850) 245-4161.

Completion of an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program leads to an Associate in
Science Degree. Graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant
Examination and upon satisfactory achievement become licensed Physical Therapist Assistants.
IRSC graduates have achieved 99% passing rates on the National Physical Therapist Assistant
Examination since 1998. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Indian River State
College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the
American Physical Therapy Association.

The Indian River State College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program has been selected
as a national model for top-quality education due to its success in incorporating real-world
experience to prepare students for career success. After an extensive review of all aspects of
the program and an on- site visit by a team of experts, the National Dissemination Center for
Career and Technical Education (CTE) designated the IRSC program as “exemplary.” The
College’s PTA program earned the exemplary rating in all ten categories including
effectiveness, innovation, and program quality and was commended for evaluating students in
specific patient care skills and their professional behavior.




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                                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS


The Physical Therapist Assistant .....................................................................................................1
Application Checklist.......................................................................................................................1
Introduction ......................................................................................................................................2
Application Process .........................................................................................................................2
Information Sessions ........................................................................................................................2
Application Deadline Date...............................................................................................................3
Pre-Admission Testing.....................................................................................................................3
Applicant Review.............................................................................................................................3
Acceptance into Program .................................................................................................................4
Criminal Background Checks ..........................................................................................................6
Non-Acceptance into Program .........................................................................................................8
Program Expenses ............................................................................................................................8
Financial Aid/Scholarships ..............................................................................................................8
Program Curriculum ......................................................................................................................10
Performance Standards ..................................................................................................................11
Job Outlook ....................................................................................................................................12
Frequently Ask Questions ..............................................................................................................13
Additional Considerations:
       Transfer Possibilities..........................................................................................................14

Professional Development Opportunities ......................................................................................15


Forms:

Physical Therapy Experience Form ...............................................................................................18

IRSC Application for Admission ...................................................................................................19

Health Science Program Application .............................................................................................24

Applicant Survey ...........................................................................................................................25

Curriculum Guide ..................................................................................................inside back cover




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PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is an educated individual who works under the direction
and supervision of a Physical Therapist. Duties of the assistant include relieving pain and/or
increasing function in clients/patients through the use of therapeutic application of heat, light,
water, electricity, sound, massage, exercise, gait and functional activity. Physical Therapist
Assistants practice in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, ambulatory health
clinics, home health, private practices, specialized clinics, schools and institutions of higher
education, research centers, industries, wellness and fitness centers, health maintenance
organizations, extended-care facilities, and nursing homes.


APPLICATION CHECKLIST
Note: All required forms are available in the back of this booklet.

           1. Complete IRSC Application for Admission and return to the Educational Services
              Division or any IRSC Campus.

           2. Complete Health Science Program Application (page 21) and pay the $30 fee by
              deadline. Send to: Cashier’s Office, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce FL
              34981.

           3. Request high school and/or college(s) to forward official transcript(s) to the IRSC
              Admissions Office by Applicant Review deadline date.

           4. Complete and return the enclosed Physical Therapy Experience Form (page 17-
              18) to the Physical Therapist Assistant Department by Applicant Review
              Deadline, first Tuesday of March.

           5. Proof of attendance at PTA Program Information Session (1st Tuesday of each
              month, Building P, Room 116 at 4:00 p.m. (page 17).

           6. Complete SLS 1101 Student Success.           Preference is given to students who
              complete this course.

           7. Student must have minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA within the general education
              courses (page 3).

Completion of this checklist alone does not guarantee acceptance to the Physical Therapist
Assistant Program. Students are selected on a competitive basis.


              UPON REVIEW OF THE COMPLETED APPLICATION,
          A PERSONAL INTERVIEW/ASSESSMENT MAY BE REQUESTED.

               (Please make a copy of all forms submitted for your own files.)



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INTRODUCTION
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is offered through the IRSC Health Science
Division. All applicants enter this program through a Selective Admissions process. Contact
Educational Services, any IRSC Campus, or the Health Science Division at (772) 462-7550 for
specific requirements and deadlines.

NOTE: If at any time during the application process you have a change of address or need to
update other personal information, please submit this information to the Educational Services
Division and to the Health Science Division by supplying original documentation to be copied
(e.g., driver’s license, or adoption papers) in person, or at any IRSC campus. This will expedite
notification of acceptance status.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Any candidate who wishes to be considered for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at
Indian River State College must complete the following procedures. It is the student's
responsibility to see that admission requirements are met. No notices will be sent.

1.     Complete an Application for Admission to IRSC and the Health Science Program in
       Educational Services, or at any IRSC Campus, and submit a $30 application fee by the
       program's deadline date. (Refer to Admission Requirements and Procedures in College
       Catalog.) Send to: Cashier’s Office, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce FL 34981.

2.     Submit an official high school transcript and official transcripts from all previous
       colleges or universities attended to Educational Services by the Applicant Review
       Deadline date.

3.     ACT, SAT, or CPT scores must be submitted for placement in general education
       courses.

4.     Complete SLS 1101 Student Success. Preference is given to students who complete this
       course.

INFORMATION SESSIONS
Students interested in applying to any health science program should plan on attending the
appropriate, regularly scheduled, program information session for direction and assistance with
the application process. The information session addresses any questions or concerns
prospective applicants may have. The session also assists students in understanding how to
achieve a “qualified” applicant status. All prospective PTA Program applicants MUST
ATTEND a PTA Program Information Session prior to the application deadline (page 17).
No reservations or fees are required to attend.

                Physical Therapist Assistant Information Sessions are held at the
                            Main Campus PTA Lab behind the gym
                                   1st Tuesday of each month
                                      Building P Room 116
                                            4:00 p.m.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE

                                                             Fall Program
Application Deadline                                First Tuesday of March


PRE-ADMISSION TESTING
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program does not require any pre-admission testing, however,
candidates may be required to participate in an applicant interview/assessment. These
assessments are scheduled on an individual basis with flexibility of days and times.

APPLICANT REVIEW
Educational Services must receive the completed applicant files including all official transcripts
from IRSC and/or other institutions and a final high school transcript by the posted Admissions
Review Deadline date. No documentation will be considered after the Applicant Review
deadline date. Preference for admissions to the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be
given to residents of the four-county service district of Indian River State College. These include
St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. All of the above criteria must be met
or the applicant file will not be reviewed and scored.

Please Note: Students are selected on a competitive basis. Meeting admission criteria does not
guarantee acceptance into the program.

FACTORS CONSIDERED IN THE SELECTION OF STUDENTS

Factors utilized by the Admissions Committee include, but are not necessarily limited to:

A.     Academic Record - Past academic performance and grade point average earned in the
       general education core courses of the PTA Curriculum are indicative of the probability of
       an applicant's completing the academic portion of the program successfully. It is
       recommended for students to complete as many of the following courses as possible,
       especially math and science, before applying to the program. (Students must have an
       overall cumulative GPA of a 2.5 of the following courses.)

       ENC1101         English Composition I
       PSY2012         Introduction to Psychology
       BSC2093         Anatomy and Physiology I
       BSC2093L        Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
       BSC2094         Anatomy and Physiology II
       BSC2094L        Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
       HUN1201         Nutrition
       PHY1020         Principles of Physics
       MAT 1033        Intermediate Algebra
       CGS1060         College Computing




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       HSC2531        Medical Terminology I
       *SLS1101       Student Success

       * Students who complete SLS 1101 will have preference in the admission process.

B.     Applicant Interview/Assessment - The interview process allows the Admissions
       Committee to assess factors which may be predictors of an applicant's ability to establish
       effective interpersonal relationships and are critical in practicing physical therapy
       successfully. Applicants are given opportunities to elaborate upon special circumstances,
       which they wish to bring to the attention of the committee. A personal interview is
       required for admission, although all applicants may not be invited for an interview.

C.     Motivation and Knowledge of the Field - The Admissions Committee believes that
       students who know the most about what physical therapists/physical therapist assistants
       do are most likely to take maximum advantage of the educational opportunities in
       physical therapist assistant school. Interest in and knowledge of the field may be
       evidenced by an applicant's having taken advantage of all available opportunities for
       learning about physical therapy. Twenty hours of observational/volunteer/actual work
       experience hours are required. However, students who have been successful in gaining
       admission to the program typically have over 20 hours in a variety of clinical settings.
       These students were also successful in expressing their overall knowledge of the field of
       physical therapy during their individual interview.


ACCEPTANCE INTO PROGRAM
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program admits twenty-four students annually to the Fall
Semester. Selected students will be notified by the Health Science Division of their provisional
acceptance into the program the end of April. Final acceptance into the program is contingent
upon satisfactory results from a physical examination, drug screen, and Florida Department of
Law Enforcement background check. Information on obtaining these tests/reports will be
provided in the provisional acceptance notification package. These reports should not be
submitted with initial application materials.

Substance Use/Abuse Policy

Area health care agencies are drug free places of employment. All health care agencies require a
negative drug screen prior to hiring a new employee. The Indian River State College Division of
Health Science has been asked by area health care affiliates to require a drug screen for program
applicants who will be placed in area health care agencies for clinical rotations. Program
applicants are required to obtain a substance abuse drug screen and are subject to random drug
screens upon admission to the program. These results are important for clinical rotations, and
subsequent completion of this health science program. Applicants with a positive result on the
drug screen, will be given an opportunity to explain the confirmed positive test result. If the
explanation is unacceptable and/or cannot be satisfactorily documented by the applicant’s
physician, the applicant shall not be accepted into the program or, if already enrolled, will be
dismissed from the program.




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The applicant may reapply and be considered for application to a Health Science program after
positive reference from a treatment team who has followed the applicant for at least two (2)
years, and has dealt specifically with the applicant’s problem of chemical dependence.

Indian River State College is committed to maintaining high standards of health science
education and practice. Safe practices include efficient, reliable, and unimpaired performance in
the clinical setting. Students are expected to perform patient care activities without the use of any
chemical substance that could alter or impair thinking. These chemical substances may be
alcohol or illicitly obtained drugs. Students who are taking prescribed medications are expected
to submit a written statement from their attending physician prior to the first day of each clinical
course to be included in their record.

It is the responsibility of the IRSC faculty to observe student behavior, which could threaten the
safety and well being of patients. Reasonable suspicion that a student is impaired will be
documented by the observing faculty member or a licensed or certified professional at the
clinical facility where the student is assigned. Whenever possible, such observation shall be
corroborated.

1.       When an instructor has reason to suspect that one of his/her students is under the
         influence of alcohol, narcotics, or controlled drugs, the student's behavior should be
         verified with the Program Director or Director of Clinical Education to determine what
         action should be taken.
2.       If the health care professional/IRSC faculty deems unsafe behavior is a possibility, the
         student shall be relieved of responsibilities.
3.       The student will be given the opportunity to discuss the suspicious behavior with the
         person(s) who witnessed the behavior. It is the student's responsibility to disclose any
         prescription or non-prescription medications that the student is taking as well as any other
         relevant medical information.
4.       If it is determined that a blood or urine specimen may be necessary, the Program Director
         or Director of Clinical Education will contact the IRSC Health and Wellness Office or
         affiliating agency emergency room administrator to authorize mandatory testing. The
         Program Director or Director of Clinical Education shall:
     •   Take the student to a private setting and explain that he/she feels the student may have a
         problem.
     •   Inform the student that testing is being required and that refusal shall result in dismissal
         from the program.
     •   Obtain from the student a signed informed consent for release of information regarding
         results of testing to IRSC.
     •   Notify the IRSC Health and Wellness Office or affiliating agency emergency room
         administrator of the problem, by telephone prior to arriving in the Health and Wellness
         Office/ER.
     •   Contact security to accompany the student to the Health and Wellness Office/ER and
         remain until the testing is completed.
     •   Excuse the student from class/clinical assignments until the results of the blood and/or
         urine tests are available and appropriate disciplinary action is determined.
     •   Contact security or public transportation to arrange for transportation home if the student
         is judged by the Health and Wellness Office/ER staff to be physically or mentally
         impaired.


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     •   Initiate appropriate disciplinary action if necessary, after receiving the Health and
         Wellness Office/ER report.

5.       Should it become necessary to withdraw the student for problems related to chemical
         dependency, she/he will not be considered for readmission without an unconditional
         positive reference from a treatment team who has followed the student for at least two
         years, and has dealt specifically with the student's problem of chemical dependence.
         Should behavior be exhibited again related to substance abuse, she/he will be withdrawn
         immediately from the Program whether in treatment or not.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS

Health Science students at Indian River State College (IRSC) involved in direct patient care
during internship/externship/clinicals in a hospital or related medical facility are required to be
fingerprinted for processing of National Criminal Records Inquiry. This is a requirement
mandated, under the guidelines cited in the current Florida Statutes: Chapter 435, by health care
agencies with which IRSC has clinical, internship, and externship agreements.
Any student who has been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo
contendere, or guilty to, any offense under the provisions of Florida Statutes or under similar
statute of another jurisdiction shall be Disqualified from admission to the program. For more
information, contact the Health Science Division office.

All records must be sent directly from the FDLE to the Health Science Division office, and will
be kept in a confidential file, and not made part of the student’s College record.

Judgments of guilty or pleas of nolo contendere (no contest) to the following crimes may
disqualify applicants from entering into clinical rotations associated with an Indian River State
College Health Program:

         a.     Murder
         b.     Manslaughter
         c.     Vehicular homicide
         d.     Killing of an unborn child by injury to the mother
         e.     Assault, if the victim of the offense was a minor
         f.     Aggravated assault
         g.     Battery, if the victim of the offense was a minor
         h.     Aggravated battery
         i.     Kidnapping
         j.     False imprisonment
         k.     Sexual battery
         l.     Prohibited acts of persons in familial or custody authority
         m.     Prostitution
         n.     Lewd and lascivious behavior
         o.     Lewdness and indecent exposure
         p.     Arson
         q.     Theft, robbery, and related crimes, if the offense is a felony
         r.     Fraudulent sale of controlled substances, only if the offense was a felony
         s.     Incest


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          t.       Abuse or neglect of a disabled adult or elderly person
          u.       Exploitation of disabled adult or elderly person
          v.       Aggravated child abuse
          w.       Child abuse
          x.       Negligent treatment of children
          y.       Sexual performance by a child
          z.       Obscene literature
          aa.      Drug offenses which were a felony, or if the offense involved a minor
          bb.      Other felonies

          Petit theft, DUI, disorderly conduct, property crimes, fraud, and perjury may also
          disqualify the applicant for certification. Applicants for Health Science programs must be
          free of offenses that would disqualify one for employment or to sit for the Florida Board
          of Physical Therapy examination.


          The Florida Board of Physical Therapy and Florida Department of Health
          Division of Medical Quality Assurance requires any licensure applicant who
          has ever been convicted or found guilty of a felony, regardless of adjudication,
          to explain the circumstances.


Health/Medical Record

A completed medical health form must also be submitted and approved by the Program
Chairperson. This health record will contain results from a physical examination and laboratory
tests including immunization records.

Applicants who do not meet the standards of good physical and mental health, as required
by clinical facilities for safe patient care, may reapply and be considered for application to
a Health Science program after resolution of the health problem. An updated health
record verified by a licensed physician or an ARNP must be submitted.

Student Drug Screen, Background Check, and Medical Records
When submitted, these records will become the property of the College, and will not be available
for copying or for use to meet the requirements of outside employers. Students who are out of the
program for six months or more must submit new records.

Grievance/Complaint Procedure
A formal process for resolving complaints/grievances has been established. The student must
initiate action within sixteen (16) weeks of the alleged occurrence. A student should always
discuss the issues with the involved parties, i.e. instructor, program director, before
initiating this process. Academic and disciplinary decisions may be appealed through the
following sequence of review hearings:

Step 1.         Program Director/Department Chairperson by written request and arranged
                conference
Step 2.         Associate Dean of Health Science by written request and arranged conference

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Step 3.      Vice President of Student Affairs by written request and arranged conference

NON-ACCEPTANCE INTO PROGRAM
Applicants who do not qualify for the program will be notified, and should remediate (call the
ASC at (772) 462-7625, for a list of remediation classes), or call the Health Science Office at
(772) 462-7550 for clarification on how to strengthen their application.

PROGRAM EXPENSES
The following is a list of approximate costs and is subject to change. In addition to these costs,
the candidate should allow for room, board, transportation, and personal living expenses. Please
note that non-Florida resident tuition is a higher rate per credit hour, which will increase total
fees accordingly.

          Interview/Assessment (Paid upon notification)                  $ 30.00
          FDLE Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screen                    $ 100.00
          Tuition (2009-2010, Florida Resident Rate)                     $6,272.24
          Books (2009-2010)                                              $1,200.00
          Uniforms                                                       $ 300.00
          Lab Fees (includes Student Malpractice and Accidental
               Insurance, lab materials and equipment)                   $ 308.00
          American Physical Therapy Association Professional
               Membership Fees (2 year membership)                       $ 180.00
          Medical Examination (cost will vary)                           $ 200.00
          Commencement Fees Spring (includes graduation regalia)         $ 40.00
                                                                         $8,630.24

FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS
Financial Aid (grants, loans, work-study) is available to those who qualify. Complete the
FAFSA and IRSC Supplemental Financial Aid Application to determine eligibility. For
more information, contact the IRSC Financial Aid Office at (772) 462-7450 or toll free at
1-866-900-3243 (FAID).

Scholarships designated for students in the Health Science programs are also available.
Complete the IRSC “STARS” ONLINE Scholarship Application, available at
https://stars.irsc.edu/STARS/ . The application deadline for IRSC Health Science Scholarships is
in May – visit www.irscfoundation.org (click on “Scholarships”) for the updated application
deadline date.

Below is a list of scholarships available to Associate in Science (A.S.) degree–Physical Therapist
Assistant students:

   •      Lawnwood Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship (St. Lucie County resident, preference
          to Fort Pierce resident)
   •      St. Lucie Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship (St. Lucie County resident, preference to
          Port St. Lucie resident)
   •      Sebastian River Medical Center Auxiliary Scholarship (Indian River County resident,
          preference to north county and Barefoot Bay)

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    •   Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship (Okeechobee County resident)
    •   Gertrude E. Skelly Health Science Scholarship
    •   St. Lucie Life Member Club, Telephone Pioneers of America Scholarship (St. Lucie
        County resident)
    •   Treasure Coast Life Member Club Scholarship (Indian River, Martin, or St. Lucie County
        resident)
    •   Basil L. King Foundation Scholarship (St. Lucie County resident) www.blksf.org
    •   Alex and Roxanna Booth Foundation Scholarship
    •   Adrian M. Sample Scholarship (St. Lucie County or Okeechobee County resident) – see
        www.adriansamplescholarship.com for eligibility requirements and application procedure
    •   JML Health Care Scholarship (Indian River County resident)
    •   The Tylenol Brand Scholarship Fund – www.tylenol.com
    •   Workforce Development Scholarship
    •   Maria A. Roldan Memorial Scholarship (Hispanic female)
    •   Tandem Health Care of Vero Beach Scholarship (must be employed by Tandem Health
        Care of VB)
    •   Treasure Coast Pilot Club Scholarship (female entering career related to helping persons
        with brain disorders in a rehabilitative capacity such as Physical Therapist Assistant)
    •   Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship


For more information regarding the scholarships listed above, please contact the IRSC
Foundation office at (772) 462-4786, or toll free at 1-866-866-4722, ext. 4786. Further
scholarship information is also available online at www.irscfoundation.org (click on
“Scholarships”).
Revised 5/31/06 MSB




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                                PROGRAM CURRICULUM
                        PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM
                                                    (74 credits) Selective Admission
Completion of an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant Program leads to an Associate in Science
Degree. The schedule of a Physical Therapist Assistant is rigorous. The PTA Program incorporates a
working physical therapy and wellness center providing students hands on training in the assessment and
treatment of patients, requiring additional hours outside of scheduled class time. Due to the time required
for attending lectures, laboratories, and clinical assignments, plus the time necessary for study and
practice, students are encouraged to minimize outside work commitments during the time they are
enrolled in the program.
                                             FIRST YEAR
SUMMER I OR II SEMESTER                                                                                                                 Credits
**HSC    2531      Medical Terminology I ................................................................................................ 3
**MAT    1033      Intermediate Algebra ................................................................................................... 3
**PHY    1020      Principles of Physics .................................................................................................... 3
FALL SEMESTER
*ENC    1101                      English Composition I ................................................................................................. 3
*BSC    2093                      Anatomy and Physiology I ......................................................................................... 3
*BSC    2093L                     Anatomy and Physiology I Lab ................................................................................... 1
 PHT    1121                      Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology ............................................................................ 3
 PHT    1121L                     Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology Lab ..................................................................... 2
 PHT    1004                      Introduction to Physical Therapy ................................................................................. 2
 PHT    1004L                     Introduction to Physical Therapy Lab .......................................................................... 2
SPRING SEMESTER
*BSC     2094                     Anatomy and Physiology II ......................................................................................... 3
*BSC     2094L                    Anatomy and Physiology II Lab .................................................................................. 1
*PSY     2012                     Introduction to Psychology .......................................................................................... 3
 PHT     1211                     Disabilities & Therapeutic Procedures I ...................................................................... 2
 PHT     1211L                    Disabilities & Therapeutic Procedures I Lab ............................................................... 2
 PHT     1351                     General Pharmacology for Physical Therapist Assistants ........................................... 1
 PHT     1300                     Survey of Pathological Deficits ................................................................................... 3
SUMMER I SEMESTER
 PHT     2224    Disabilities & Therapeutic Procedures II ..................................................................... 2
 PHT     2224L   Disabilities & Therapeutic Procedures II Lab.............................................................. 1
 PHT     1801    Clinical Practice I ........................................................................................................ 2
                                           SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTER
 HUN    1201                      Nutrition....................................................................................................................... 3
*CGS    1060                      College Computing ...................................................................................................... 3
 PHT    2810                      Clinical Practice II ....................................................................................................... 8
 PHT    2162                      Survey of Neurological Deficits .................................................................................. 3
SPRING SEMESTER
 PHT     2703                     Rehabilitative Procedures ............................................................................................ 2
 PHT     2703L                    Rehabilitative Procedures Lab ..................................................................................... 1
 PHT     2820                     Clinical Practice III ...................................................................................................... 7
 PHT     2931                     Transition Seminar....................................................................................................... 2

PHT courses are open only to those students who have officially been accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
* May be taken prior to acceptance into the program. If not, must be completed in semester indicated. All core curriculum
   and natural science courses require a grade of “C” or better.
** Physics, Algebra, and Medical Terminology must be completed prior to the first year fall semester.




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PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
*Physical Requirement (Essential Functions)

The rights of students with disabilities which pertain to post-secondary education are
provided under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. These laws prohibit discrimination by institutions to
“otherwise qualified” students with disabilities. This enables such students to have an
equal opportunity to benefit from the education offered by those institutions.

The role of the Physical Therapist Assistant in the various health care settings requires academic,
physical, mental, and environmental work/demands. To be successful as a PTA student and PTA
graduate, the following requirements are expected to be performed safely, ethically, and legally
under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Academic

•   Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapist Assistant program achieving an Associate of
    Science Degree.

•   Obtain State Licensure to practice in Florida.

Physical

•   Demonstrate coordination of small and large muscle groups to provide safe and effective care
    including transfers, ambulation, and positioning of patient/client using minimum, moderate,
    and maximum assistance techniques.

•   Ability to sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time (3-5 hours), negotiating
    environmental barriers safely with a patient/client.

•   Utilize movement to perform proper body mechanics of all patient/client treatment
    techniques and related procedures (i.e. stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, and
    handling).

•   Perform medium work (defined from Realistic Assessment of Vocational Experiences
    (RAVE) "exerting 20-50 pounds of force occasionally, or 10-25 pounds of force frequently,
    or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects."

•   Perform range of motion and graded manual resistance of patient/client with poor balance
    and weakened muscle groups on uneven surfaces, inclines, declines, stairs, curbs, etc.

•   Perform manual hand dexterity and coordination to manipulate and calibrate equipment,
    (dials, probes, ultrasound heads, switches, scissors, tweezers, etc.) individually or
    simultaneously for modality and wound procedures.

•   Respond to auditory emergency medical situations sufficiently with patients/clients (i.e.
    hearing monitor alarms, emergency signals, CPR, ausculatory sounds, verbal communication,
    etc.).

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•   Assess and observe patient/client condition (blood pressure and heart rate, respiration, etc.)
    response to treatment including near and far acuity (up to 10 feet away recognizing color
    discrimination).

•   Perform physical assessment of structure, size, shape, and muscle tone through tactile ability
    of fingering and feeling (palpation).

Mental

•   Demonstrate sufficient and accurate use of verbal, non-verbal and written communication
    effectively with staff, patient/client, and families concerning treatment procedures.

•   Receive and interpret verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills effectively with
    other health care providers.

•   Ability to manage and function emotionally during stresses of an intensive academic training
    program for preparation of clinical situations with a variety of patients/clients (terminally ill,
    psychosocial responses of disabled individuals, and families, etc.).

•   Respect patient/client/family confidentiality.

•   Ability to make appropriate judgments and decisions by set priorities in clinical situations.

Environmental

    •   Demonstrate the ability to apply universal precautions including the use of personal
        protective equipment (rubber gloves, gown, goggles, masks, etc.) when indicated.

LATEX ADVISORY – Latex based products are used in all health care facilities.

Indian River State College strives to provide reasonable accommodations as necessary to allow a
PTA student to be successful. Please contact the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
and Student Disabilities Services following acceptance to the Program and before the first day of
classes in the Fall Semester to declare your need for reasonable accommodations.

JOB OUTLOOK
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of physical therapist assistants is
expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2014.
Demand for physical therapist assistants will continue to rise, in accordance with the increasing
number of individuals with disabilities or limited function. The growing elderly population is
particularly vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require therapeutic services.
These patients often need additional assistance in their treatment, making the roles of assistants
vital. The large baby-boom generation is entering the prime age for heart attacks and strokes,
further increasing the demand for cardiac and physical rehabilitation. In addition, future medical
developments should permit an increased percentage of trauma victims to survive, creating
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Physical therapists are expected to increasingly utilize assistants to reduce the cost of physical
therapy services. Once a patient is evaluated and a treatment plan is designed by the physical
therapist, the physical therapist assistant can provide many aspects of treatment, as prescribed by
the therapist.

Physical therapist assistants with prior experience working in a physical therapy office or other
health care setting will have the best job opportunities.

Entry-level graduates can expect beginning salaries ranging from $32,000-$36,000, depending
on geographical areas.

Earnings

Median annual salary for physical therapist assistants in the quad county area is $45,260. There
will be a 41% job market growth within the quad county area by the year 2017.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am a junior in high school interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant degree program.
What can I do to prepare for acceptance while still in high school?

Students pursuing the career of a Physical Therapist Assistant should have a background in the
life sciences, (including biology and anatomy), interact well with others, and have a general
interest in the prevention of disease and maintenance/restoration of the quality of life. A high
school diploma from an accredited high school or GED is required. The following courses are
recommended at the secondary (high school) level:

•   Math through Algebra II
•   Four years of science (including biology, anatomy, and physiology)
•   English Composition

High school students should contact their high school guidance counselor and the IRSC PTA
Program Director for advisement concerning dual-enrollment opportunities.         (Refer to
Curriculum Guide on back cover.)

Is there a required entrance exam for the Physical Therapist Assistant program?

Although there is no pre-entrance exam specific to Physical Therapist Assistant Program, all
students entering a community college or state university system are required to be tested for
placement purposes. IRSC accepts ACT, SAT, or the Florida Entry Level Placement Test (CPT)
for appropriate placement in classes. Those students who do not meet the required minimum test
scores for college-level courses must take college preparatory courses.




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Where do students participate in their Clinical Training?

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is   affiliated with clinical facilities located within the
IRSC service area including Martin, Indian    River, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee Counties. The
program also has clinical agreements with      facilities in Brevard and Palm Beach Counties.
Students are responsible for transportation   to and from the clinical site to which they are
assigned.

Are there any other requirements once a student is accepted?

Upon acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, each student is required to have
malpractice and accident insurance annually. These will be included in the course fees. Students
are also, highly recommended to enroll in SLS 1101 Student Success in Summer I or II, prior to
the start of the Fall semester.

Students accepted into the program must provide evidence of 1) certification in
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); and 2) HRS-approved four-hour AIDS seminar and
OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens course, PRIOR to the first day of class in the Fall Semester.

Students admitted into the program must have a complete medical examination of their current
health status by a licensed physician. Immunizations, tests, and health verification must be
included. Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon satisfactory results from a
physical examination, drug screen, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement background
check.

What educational opportunities are there upon completion of the A.S. degree in Physical
Therapist Assistant?

Generally, senior institutions will accept the general education courses. All senior institutions,
however, require an Associate in Arts degree and additional science courses as prerequisites to
be considered for entrance into a Physical Therapy School leading to the Doctorate Degree.
Contact the Physical Therapy School or other health programs at the university for specifics
regarding their prerequisites and admission criteria.

ADDDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS
Senior College/University Transfer Possibilities (Refer to Curriculum Guide, back cover)

Generally, senior institutions will accept the general education courses. All senior institutions,
however, require an Associate in Arts degree and additional science courses as prerequisites to
be considered for entrance into a Physical Therapy School leading to the Doctorate Degree.
Contact the Physical Therapy School or other health programs at the university for specifics
regarding their prerequisites and admission criteria.




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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Following the completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, graduates are eligible
to be admitted to the Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) in Manual Techniques. The ATC in
Manual Techniques is dedicated to advancing the science and art of soft tissue mobilization
through continuing education in an effort to enhance the quality of therapeutic treatment, and
promoting patient wellness.

Successful graduates of this curriculum are eligible to take the national certification examination
through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and upon
satisfactory achievement, become licensed Massage Therapists. Graduates have achieved 100%
passing rates on the national certification examination since 2001.

The Massage Therapist is an educated healthcare provider who performs a variety of manual
techniques designed to promote stress relief and relaxation, relieve pain and swelling to various
structures, prevent deformity and promote functional activity in a person who has a specific
health problem.

The curriculum is designed for working PTAs, offered at night, two days a week. Employers,
depending on specific facility contracts, may reimburse this educational opportunity for a
licensed PTA leading to an additional licensure as a Massage Therapist. Dual licensure will
improve graduate employability and versatility meeting the needs of the health care community.

Advanced Technical Certificate in Manual Techniques
MAJOR FIELD REQUIRED COURSES-10 Credits

PHT 2203        Manual Techniques I............................................................................................3
PHT 2203L       Clinical Practicum in Manual Techniques I ......................................................2

PHT 2204        Manual Techniques I............................................................................................3
PHT 2204L       Clinical Practicum in Manual Techniques II.....................................................2

For more information contact Leila J. Darress, PT at (772) 462-7771 or email: ldarress@irsc.edu


       The Florida Board of Physical Therapy and Florida Department of Health
       Division of Medical Quality Assurance are the agencies authorized to issue
       credentials and licenses in the Physical Therapy profession.




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 THE FOLLOWING FORMS MUST BE
 SUBMITTED TO COMPLETE YOUR
APPLICATION TO THE PTA PROGRAM
          (Pages 17-23)




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                       INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
                PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT (PTA) PROGRAM


                       PTA PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION

Please refer to INFORMATION SESSIONS on page 2.


I,                                                  , attended a PTA Program Information
Session on                           and understand the application process, requirements, and
the commitment to learning that is required of a PTA student.

Signature of PTA Program Faculty



                  PHYSICAL THERAPY EXPERIENCE (see next page)

Prospective PTA students are required to observe the typical responsibilities and duties of a
Physical Therapist Assistant. THE MINIMUM PERIOD FOR ADMISSION INTO THE
PROGRAM IS 20 HOURS. This may be achieved through OBSERVATION, VOLUNTEER
SERVICE, and/or PAID EMPLOYMENT in physical therapy departments. Experience in two or
more settings is recommended. (It is recommended that you contact physical therapy
departments/health care agencies in your geographical area to confirm their availability.)

                          ATTIRE FOR THE OBSERVATION

 MEN: Dark shoes and slacks, dress shirt with tie.
 WOMEN: business attire and comfortable shoes (no sneakers or high heels).

 THE FACILITY HAS THE RIGHT TO DECLINE YOUR OBSERVATION IF YOU
 ARE NOT PROPERLY DRESSED.

BRING THE PHYSICAL THERAPY EXPERIENCE FORM WITH YOU TO THE
PHYSICAL THERAPY FACILITY. FOLLOWING COMPLETION OF YOUR 20
OBSERVATION HOURS AND CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE AT A PTA
PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION, RETURN FORMS TO:

                             Mail To:       Health Science Department
                                            Indian River State College
                                            3209 Virginia Avenue
                                            Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596
                                            (772) 462-7550

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                   PHYSICAL THERAPY EXPERIENCE FORM


PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

NAME
ADDRESS
CITY                                               STATE             ZIP
PHONE                                       STUDENT I.D. NUMBER
NAME OF EMPLOYER


I.     OBSERVATION at a Physical Therapy Department (List only departments you
       visited for four hours or more).

       FACILITY      DATE/TIME SPENT       PT OR PTA SIGNATURE       LIC. NO.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

II.    VOLUNTEER SERVICE with a Physical Therapy Department.

       FACILITY      DATE/TIME SPENT       PT OR PTA SIGNATURE     LIC. NO.

1.
2.
3.

III.   PAID EMPLOYMENT with Physical Therapy Department.

       FACILITY      DATE/TIME SPENT       PT OR PTA SIGNATURE       LIC. NO.

1.
2.
3.



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              Health Science Program Application – (20690)
                               Selective Admission - Fall Program

                               Physical Therapist Assistant
                                  (Deadline: First Tuesday in March)
INSTRUCTIONS - NO APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED UNLESS THE FOLLOWING
IS COMPLETED:
All documents required by the Health Science Department must be submitted by appropriate deadline
dates to the Admissions Office in order to be given consideration for selective admission into a
Health Science Program.
1. Complete and bring an Indian River State College Admission Application to Educational Services
   Department at the Main Campus or any IRSC Campus.
2. Complete this Health Science application (print clearly in ink or type), and return it with a $30
   non-refundable/non-transferable application fee. Submit to the Business Office at the Main Campus
   (Cashier’s Office) or any IRSC Campus.
3. Request former school and/or college(s) to forward transcript(s) to Admissions Office at Indian
   River State College.

Student ID:                                         Email Address:

Name
         Last (please print)                  First                         M.I. and/or Maiden Name
List any other names under which record of your education, tests, or work experience may be recorded:

Name
       Last (please print)                  First                           M.I.
Mailing Address
           Number and Street                        City                State            Zip
Home Phone (         )                                     Work Phone   (                         )

Ethnic Origin: (Required by U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare)
 1. White                                   3. Asian or Pacific Islander                5. Hispanic
 2. American Indian or Alaskan Native       4. Black, non-Hispanic

DISCLAIMER: I have reviewed the program requirements outlined in the Health Science
Program Admission Booklet and understand that this does not guarantee admission into a
program. I certify that the above information is correct and I understand that falsification of
information could lead to my dismissal if accepted into the program.


______________________________________________________________________________________
STUDENT SIGNATURE                                      DATE

                                                                        ___________________________
                                                                          Receipt #           Date
Please complete survey on reverse side.                                          Cashier Only

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                                        APPLICANT SURVEY
Please help us to identify and assist future health science applicants by answering the following questions:
1.     How did you learn about IRSC’s Physical Therapist Assistant program?
       Check all that apply:
             Radio                                Friend/Neighbor
             Newspaper                            Family member
             IRSC Website                         Other
             IRSC Mailing
             High School Teacher

2.     How much time lapsed between when you decided to apply to Physical Therapist Assistant versus
       today, when you are actually applying?
              Less than a month
              Between one and six months
              A year
              More than a year – What delayed your decision to finally apply?
                             Family matters                    Needed to finish high school first
                             Financial matters                 Wanted to finish my Pre-requisites
                             Other job                         Other
                              responsibilities

3.     What are your greatest concerns related to being accepted to IRSC’s Physical Therapist Assistant
       Program?
             Not enough pre-requisites completed
             My GPA might be too low
             My admissions might not be complete
             I might not be able to get enough hours in for the PT Experience Requirement

4.     If you have completed all items on the checklist on page 1 of the application booklet, have you
       experienced any barriers or difficulties in completing the process?            Yes     No     NA

       If yes, which item(s) presented problems? #                #                  #          #
       If NA, which items do you still need to complete?         #                  #           #

5.     What was the deciding factor that geared you towards Physical Therapist Assistant?
            Personal Experience
            Friend/Neighbor
            Family member is a PTA or PT
            Teacher in High School inspired me
            I have known since a very young age I wanted to be involved in Physical Therapy
            Other

6.     Is this your first “real” career opportunity, or are you a career changer?
               First “real” Career Opportunity
               Career Changer – used to work as

7.     Other comments you would like to share on your decision to attend IRSC and apply to the Physical
       Therapist Assistant program:



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                                  Curriculum Guide
                             Physical Therapist Assistant
     Career Ladder in Massage, and Athletic Training to a Bachelor of Science Degree
HIGH SCHOOL (If you are a H.S. graduate or achieved a GED skip Steps #1 - 3 and consult with IRSC
Educational Services to map your PTA curriculum prior to application to the program.)
Step #1 10th Grade: CPT test
Step #2 Take dual enrollment for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associate of Science Degree in physical
therapist assistant general education courses (29 CREDITS)
                 11th Grade                                           12th Grade                                  DUAL
                                                                                                               ENROLLMENT
Term #1                 Term #2              Term #1                Term #2
BSC 1010                BSC 2093*            BSC 2094*              MAT 1033* or MAC 1105**
BSC 1010L               BSC 2093L*           BSC 2094L*             PHY 1020* or PHY 2053**
ENC 1101*               HSC 2531*            PSY 2012*
                                             CGS 1060*

Summer Electives: HUN 1201 Additional Associate in Arts Degree courses should be taken**
*PTA Program general education course.
**Required for Associate Arts Degree (transfer to Athletic Training Program) Students interested in Athletic
Training should schedule an appointment with IRSC Educational Services before enrollment in the PTA                IRSC
program.
Step #3 12th Grade, Term #2: apply to IRSC PTA program.
Step #4 Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Program – Required PTA Technical Core Courses
(45 CREDITS)
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE                                                                                      PHYSICAL
                          Year #1                                                 Year #2                       THERAPIST
Fall Semester          Spring Semester          Summer Session           Fall Semester     Spring Semester      ASSISTANT
                                                                                                                PROGRAM
PHT 1121                  PHT 1211              PHT 2224                 PHT 2810           PHT 2703
PHT 1121L                 PHT 1211L             PHT 2224L                PHT 2162           PHT 2703L             Following
PHT 1004                  PHT 1300              PHT 1801                 (11 credits)       PHT 2820            notification
PHT 1004L                 PHT 1351              (5 credits)                                 PHT 2931            of successful
                                                                                                                 completion
(9 credits)               (8 credits)                                                       (12 credits)
                                                                                                                   of PTA
Step #5 Apply for PTA national licensing examination.                                                              Exam.
Step #6 Apply for Florida State PTA license.                                                                      Apply for
Step #7 or skip to step # 10 Apply for Advanced Technical Certificate in Manual Techniques at IRSC.
                                                   Year #3
                                                                                                                MASSAGE
Fall Semester                                                Spring Semester                                    THERAPY
PHT 2203                                                     PHT 2204                                           PROGRAM
PHT 2203L                                                    PHT 2204L
Step #8 Apply for National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworks Exam.
Step #9 Apply for Florida State Massage Licensure.                                                                Following
Step #10 Apply to IRSC (Bachelor of Science Degree Programs)                                                    notification
                                                                                                                of successful
Step #11 Apply to Health Sciences- Athletic Training Track (B.S. Degree)**                                       completion
STATE OF FLORIDA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM                                                                               of Massage
(Example are University of Central Florida, University of Florida, and University of South Florida)                 Exam:
     • University requirements differ:                                                                            Apply for
     • GPA requirement: hours of observation, etc.                                                                   State
     • Carefully consult with counselor as to program/college/university specifics within state for B.S. in       licensure
          Athletic training.
Step #12 Attend IRSC Baccalaureate Orientation Session
Physical Therapist Assistant
D epartment
I ndian River State College
3209 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596

								
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