Florida National University (FNU) announces in a media release that its Physical Therapist Assistant Associates of Science degree program has received accreditation.

The accreditation, from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), became effective on November 11, 2015.

The 2-year, full-time degree program offered at FNU’s Hialeah campus will teach students how 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), per the release.

Dr Kelly Krenkel, program director of FNU’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program, notes in the release that the university has been working toward this achievement for approximately 2 1/2 years.

“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,” she says.

Krenkel, along with Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education Michael Gubieda, will teach the program, assisted by adjunct faculty and guest speakers.

The program will require 630 hours of clinical practices located from West Palm Beach to Homestead. During this period, students will have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience in outpatient facilities, skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, rehab hospitals, and other specialty clinics, the release explaisn.

For more information about the program, visit Florida National University.

[Source(s): Florida National University, PRWeb]