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
- Graduate from an Accredited PTA program
- Pass local Florida and/or National Certification Exams
- Obtain your license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Florida
- 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.
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Top Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Florida
|College||Metro Area||Acredittion||Find Out More|
|Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University||Tallahassee||Fall 2023||Request Information|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers||Fall 2021||Request Information|
|Florida International University||Street Miami||Spring 2024||Request Information|
|Nova Southeastern University||Ft Lauderdale||Fall 2020||Request Information|
|University of Central Florida||Central Florida Boulevard||Fall 2023||Request Information|
|University of Florida||Gainesville||Fall 2023||Request Information|
|University of Miami||Ponce De Leon||Spring 2017||Request Information|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville||Fall 2023||Request Information|
|University of South Florida||Bruce B Downs||Spring 2016||Request Information|
|University of St Augustine for Health Sciences||Boulevard||Spring 2021||Request 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.
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
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.
|PTA Salary Florida||$62,710|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$45,200|
|Top 10% of Earners||$80,790|
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.
|Area||Salary||Hourly Wage||# Employed|
|Cape Coral-Fort Myers||$61,840||$29.73||260|
|Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin||$62,680||$30.14||100|
|Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach||$69,100||$33.22||200|
|Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach||$58,040||$27.90||510|
|Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach||$59,070||$28.40||1,500|
|Port St. Lucie||$66,980||$32.20||140|
|West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach||$60,980||$29.32||440|