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looking for guideness - March 21, 2008 10:52:36 AM   


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Greetings for all ,,
Iam struggling understanding the education system not that Iam ctritisizing or anything but the fact Iam forienger recently became US  Resident , I volunteered in medical center and I really kind of liked what I was doing , I was thinking in becomming radioligic       Tech   but after I did my research I found it  not suitable for me , now I am trying to get info on becomming  PT but for some reasones it ' ll be hard  for me to handle  study four years then  do another two years for the  Master PT  total of 6 years  just to start and  Iam now in my late thirties and I have responsibilties , so I thought to become PTA first then upgrade to PT later on , do I  have to start studying  form high school to get the pre reqsites ? I already did that back in my country home and I had also assoiciate degree in computer programming .
according to the Bearue OF Labor Statistics 
Only master?s degree and doctoral degree programs are accredited,what DOSE THAT MEAN FOR THE  PTA'S !
AFTER study to become PTA  do I have to start all over again to be a PT ?
how may years I have to study to become PTA and how many years to become PT is there a bachelor  degree for PT or just only  master and doctoral degree !!!, how many years to bridge from  PTA  to PT  is it  another two years or is it another four years so one would obtain the master !

Thanx for taking time in reading the post and replying to it
god bless

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RE: looking for guideness - March 21, 2008 4:47:04 PM   


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There are no longer any bachelor degree programs in PT. According to the APTA website, it takes about 2 years to complete a PTA program.

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RE: looking for guideness - March 21, 2008 10:08:38 PM   


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PTA is a 2 yr degree, accredited.
PT is master or doctorate.
No bridge from PTA to PT. PT school requires any bachelor's incl many science courses.


David Adames, SPTA

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RE: looking for guideness - March 22, 2008 2:35:17 AM   

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PTA school is an associates degree.  Therefore, it would seem you would just have to meet the general requirements for AA degress to get in (High school diploma, maybe SAT's or ACT's).  I'm assuming there are other requirements for foreing students, but that would be there for any college program.

As far as I know there are no "bridge" programs for PTA to PT.  So, if you get your PTA degree, you'd still need to get the prerequisites for PT school and complete all 3 years to get you PT degree.


Jason L. Harris, PT, DPT
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RE: looking for guideness - March 22, 2008 3:04:22 AM   


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According to the APTA website, there are 2 "bridge" programs. Don't know how long they will continue to offer them:

" Education Programs Bridging from PTA to PT

Loma Linda University (D6, E4, E5, F1, PR)
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Allied Health Professions
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA 92350
Phone: 909/558-4632
Fax: 909/558-4291
Web site:

The University of Findlay (A3, A6, D5, F3, PR)
Physical Therapy Program
The University of Findlay
1000 North Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840
Phone: 419/434-4863
Fax: 419/434-6977
Web site: E-mail: 


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