Florida National University's Physical Therapist Assistant Program is Now Officially Accredited

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FNU: Organizing academic programs that are held to the highest standards.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Associates of Science degree program at Florida National University (FNU), has been recently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), effective November 11th, 2015.

According to Dr. Kelly Krenkel, Program Director of FNU’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program, the university has been working toward this achievement for approximately 2 1/2 years.

The PTA Associates of Science Degree program is an intensive full-time program offered at FNU’s Hialeah campus designed for students to complete in 2 years. This program will teach students the necessary skills to perform as an ethical, competent and safe PTA. Students will be taught to apply techniques that will improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities to patients. Additionally, graduates will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

“Many students are not aware that graduating from an accredited program by (CAPTE) provides them with two major advantages: first they can transfer their license to any state if they so choose. Secondly, they are legally able to treat patients who have Medicare or Medicaid. Also, accreditation ensures that the program is held to the highest standards and equivalent to other national PTA programs,” Dr. Krenkel said.

Dr. Loreto Almonte, head of FNU’s Allied Health Division expressed his observation for the need of an accredited PTA program. He stated that since there is a rapidly increasing population of people who will need physical therapy services, this results in an increased demand for PTAs.

“FNU is always at the forefront organizing academic programs with the necessary accreditations to train individuals in the community to help their economic betterment and welfare,” Dr. Almonte expressed.

In addition to a stellar PTA program taught by Dr. Krenkel and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Mr. Michael Gubieda, FNU will also utilize skilled and knowledgeable adjunct faculty along with guest speakers to create a well-rounded curriculum of instructors. This PTA program also requires 630 hours of clinical practices located from West Palm Beach to Homestead. During this period, students will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in outpatient facilities, skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals and other specialty clinics like pediatrics and sports.

For a total number of credit hours and admission requirements, visit the official PTA Program webpage here.

About FNU

Florida National University is a regionally accredited higher learning institution founded in 1982. FNU awards a variety of certificates, associates, baccalaureate, and master degree programs, including 22 distance-learning program opportunities. FNU-opens doors to the future.

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