Hodges to offer Physical Therapist Assisting degree program

Hodges University has announced that it will offer an Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assisting (PTA) degree beginning in the winter 2012 term which starts on January 12, 2012. Students will be accepted into the general education and prerequisite courses in the winter and summer 2012 terms to complete two semesters of general education and prerequisite requirements, working towards application to the PTA Core Program.

The program is a full time, day program being offered on the Naples campus. It encompasses five semesters which will include general education, prerequisite sciences and core PTA courses culminating in an Associate in Science degree.  The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage.

Physical Therapist Assistants work in a variety of settings from pediatrics and geriatrics to hospitals, sports clinics, outpatient facilities, wellness centers, schools, nursing homes and home health.

Government economists expect job growth for Physical Therapist Assistants to be much faster than the average for all careers through 2018. In fact, it is among the twenty fastest-growing careers. The 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 Physical Therapist Assistants vital. Also, medical and technological developments permit an increased percentage of trauma victims and newborns with birth defects to survive, creating added demand for therapy and rehabilitative services.

Registration for the winter 2012 term at Hodges University has already begun for all students. Those interested in attending the University are encouraged to call either the Ft. Myers campus (482-0019) or the Naples campus (513-1122) to set up an appointment with the Admissions Department. The winter term begins on January 12, 2012.

Hodges University is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org). The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not guarantee that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status nor does it assure that the program will be granted Accreditation.

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