Physical Therapist Assistant Florida

If you are interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams. The demand for and remuneration of physical therapist assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade.

Learn how to become a PTA and get started today by reaching out to physical therapy assistant schools in Florida.

How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Florida

  1. Graduate from an Accredited PTA program
  2. Pass local Florida and/or National Certification Exams
  3. Obtain your license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Florida
  4. How much do Physical Therapist Assistants make in Florida?

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Listed below are some of the top PTA schools and related programs near you in Florida.

Get started today by reaching out to schools to receive information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition etc.

Simply click on the green ‘Get Admissions Info’ button to receive more information. It’s free and it’s easy!

Top Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Florida

CollegeMetro AreaAcredittionFind Out More
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityTallahasseeFall 2023Request Information
Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersFall 2021Request Information
Florida International UniversityStreet MiamiSpring 2024Request Information
Nova Southeastern UniversityFt LauderdaleFall 2020Request Information
University of Central FloridaCentral Florida BoulevardFall 2023Request Information
University of FloridaGainesvilleFall 2023Request Information
University of MiamiPonce De LeonSpring 2017Request Information
University of North FloridaJacksonvilleFall 2023Request Information
University of South FloridaBruce B DownsSpring 2016Request Information
University of St Augustine for Health SciencesBoulevardSpring 2021Request Information

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Physical Therapy Assistant Certification Exam Requirements in Florida

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in Florida you will need to obtain a license to work as a physical therapist assistant there. To obtain your license it is a requirement that you have successfully passed additional certification exams.

Florida is one of 27 States in which it is a requirement to undertake both a State level exam as well as the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

The purpose of the state exam, where required, is to ensure that the candidate has a thorough understanding of the local laws and regulations under which they are allowed to work.

The purpose of the NPTE exams is to ensure a minimum standard or knowledge and competence after graduation and before entering into the workplace. The NPTE exams are developed and administered by the US Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Florida PTA License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Florida law that you obtain a license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State.

The MQA/Board of Physical Therapy Practice regulates the licensing of Physical Therapist Assistants in Florida. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Address: Bin C-05, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255
Phone: (850) 245-4373
Website: http://floridasphysicaltherapy.gov/

Update 2018: The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has recently launched the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact for PT’s and PTA’s.

The purpose of the compact is to essentially create an interstate license which will allow a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to practice outside of the state in which they obtained their license.

Average Physical Therapy Assistant Salary in Florida

PTA Salary Florida$62,710
Hourly Wage$30.15
Bottom 10% of Earners$45,200
Top 10% of Earners$80,790
# Employed5,880

According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data physical therapist assistants in Florida earn an average salary of $62,710. This represents an hourly wage of $30.15 and is 8.8% above the national average.

The top 10% of earners in the profession in Florida earned $80,790 whilst the bottom 10% earn $45,200.

There are approximately persons currently employed as PTA’s in Florida.

PTA Salaries and Employment in Florida by Metro Area

The table below breaks down salary and employment of physical therapist assistants by Metro area across the state.

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Cape Coral-Fort Myers$61,840$29.73260
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin$62,680$30.14100
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach$69,100$33.22200
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach$58,040$27.90510
Gainesville$63,320$30.4460
Homosassa Springs$57,090$27.45120
Jacksonville$62,780$30.18380
Lakeland-Winter Haven$58,840$28.29150
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach$59,070$28.401,500
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall$58,490$28.12540
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island$66,570$32.00100
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton$64,490$31.00380
Ocala$64,940$31.22130
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford$63,760$30.65600
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville$67,180$32.30230
Panama City$52,460$25.2280
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent$54,850$26.3780
Port St. Lucie$66,980$32.20140
Sebastian-Vero Beach$60,390$29.0360
Sebring$72,380$34.8040
Tallahassee$65,090$31.29160
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater$65,380$31.43610
The Villages$68,670$33.0270
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach$60,980$29.32440