How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Kentucky – KY
Steps to Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant in Kentucky
Once admitted into the PTA program, typically 40 hours or more will focus intensely on med-school type classes like physiology and anatomy as well as business related courses like ethics and documentation. Many Kentucky schools offering physical therapy assistant training programs have worked hard to build relationships that allow them to expose students to a variety of clinical opportunities. Sports medicine, orthopedic, geriatric and pediatric settings are available for students to get a hands-on, practical experience that will help them get a feel for daily roles and responsibilities as well as preparing them for the exam they’ll ultimately have to pass.
A high percentage of students graduate from the programs they begin and, in most cases 95-100% of those who finish pass the national exam. Before they can graduate, however, they must sit the National Physical Therapy Examination for the Physical Therapist Assistant. This is a comprehensive exam (which costs $370 to take) that is designed to determine one’s competency and readiness for an entry-level PTA position. Their website (https://pt.fsbpt.net/) is chock full of useful information to prepare students for the exam, to register for the tests etc. Study guides, downloadable resources online registration can be found at the NPTEPTA website.
Once the exam has been taken and passed and you graduate with an Associate of Science degree, you’ll be able to seek licensure from the state of Kentucky.
Obtaining a License
The procedure for receiving a license in Kentucky is not complicated but it is a bit time-consuming and guidelines must be adhered to strictly. For example, portions need to be completed in the presence of a notary public or will not be accepted.
License candidates must forward to the state:
- Proof of completion of an accredited course
- Letter from program director certifying completion
- Completion of a two-hour HIV/AIDS class
- $170 fee
- Completed application
Candidates should also be prepared to pay not only the $370 national exam fee but the $170 state fee as well as the $55 fee to take the exam at the Prometrics Testing Center. Candidates can schedule their online tests at www.prometics/fsbpt.
Note too that the application also requires a background check so candidates will be required to answer questions about their criminal record and, if appropriate to attach court records.
All materials can be submitted online or mailed to:
KENTUCKY BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 102
Louisville, KY 40222
Questions regarding examination details and/or licensing can be directed to: (502) 429-7140.
Finding a Job
Most job boards including careerbuilder, monster, and indeed list open jobs in physical therapy assistance but there are several jobs that provide information specific to this field in Kentucky.