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How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Florida – FL

Physical therapy assistants (PTA) are in high demand in the state of Florida.  Florida is actually among the top five highest paying states for PTAs in the United States.  There are currently around 3,800 physical therapy assistants in the state and by 2014 there are expected to be over 5,000.  This represents an annual average growth rate of 4.1% for physical therapy assistants in Florida.

Steps to Become a Physical Therapy Assistant in Florida

  1. Below are the steps to become a physical therapy assistant in the state of Florida:
  2. Graduate from high school or have a GED.
  3. Attend a physical therapy assistant educational training program accredited by The American Physical therapy Association’s Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. 
  4. Obtain certifications in CPR and First-Aid.  Some educational programs require both prior to a student being allowed to complete clinical work. 
  5. Complete above program which leads to an associate in science degree or associate in applied science degree. 
  6. Pass the National Physical Therapy Examination which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.  (Students must have obtained their degree to be eligible to take the exam.) 
  7. Submit an application for licensure as a physical therapy assistant, along with all required fees, scores, and paperwork to the Florida Department of Health Board of Physical Therapy Practice. 

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