Tyler Junior College

Physical Therapist Assistant


Accreditation Statement

Effective July 21, 2015, Tyler Junior College Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. 

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. 

Admissions Process

Please see the related downloads for the Application Packet and more information regarding the Admissions Process for TJC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Observation Feedback and Observation Report Forms are also available in the related downloads sections. Application packet

2016 Application Period: December 2015- Noon on May 20,2016

Information Sessions

9/15/15 at 5:30-6:30 in Rogers Nursing & Health Science Center room 1.137
11/16/15 at 5:30-6:30 in Rogers Nursing & Health Science Center room 1.137
3/2/16 at 5:30-6:30 in Rogers Nursing & Health Science Center room 1.137

Mission Statement

The mission of the program is to provide students with a comprehensive quality education for the development of entry-level physical therapist assistants who are capable of performing competent, safe and ethical interventions within their scope of practice.  The program will prepare students to complete successfully the requirements for licensure, become an asset to the profession and serve the community.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapist Program at TJC, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal and professional manner.
  2. Implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by the physical therapist.
  3. Effectively collaborate as members of an interprofessional healthcare team by demonstrating professional behavior in all interactions within the role and responsibilities of the physical therapist assistant.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral, written and nonverbal communication as it relates to a culturally diverse population
  5. Successfully integrate concepts from general education courses and PTA technical courses into physical therapy practice.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning, evidence-based practice and professional growth in physical therapy practice.

Associate of Applied Science | 2015-2016 Catalog

Total Semester Hours: 60

ENGL 1301 Composition I
BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I

Semester I

PTHA 1225 Communication in Health Care
PTHA 1301 The Profession of Physical Therapy
PTHA 1305 Basic Patient Care Skills
PTHA 1413 Functional Anatomy
BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II

Semester II

PTHA 2409 Therapeutic Exercise
PTHA 2201 Essentials of Data Collection
PTHA 1431 Physical Agents
PTHA 1321 Pathophysiology for the PTA
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics


PTHA 1266 Practicum

Semester III

PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth & Development
PTHA 2205 Neurology
PTHA 2431 Management of Neurological Disorders
PTHA 2435 Rehabilitation Techniques

Semester IV

PTHA 2239 Professional Issues
PTHA 2266 Practicum
PTHA 2267 Practicum

Pending achievement of candidacy for accreditation status, the program will enroll students in Fall 2015.

Special admission and retention rules apply. Contact the department chair for details.

Courses titled in bold type represent general education requirements.

Non-PTHA courses may be taken prior to admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Special admission and retention rules apply. Department specific courses must be taken in sequence. Students must complete each course with at least a “C” or better to progress through the program. Contact the department chair for details.

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?

For more information about a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association website at the following link: http://www.apta.org/AboutPTAs

Grievance Procedure

Complaints regarding the program can be addressed to the PTA Program Director, Christine Melius at cmel@tjc.edu and / or Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, Paul Monagan at pmon@tjc.edu.

Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Program Director: Christine Melius, PT, DPT

Address: RNHS 2.239

Email: cmel@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2544

Amy Leighman, PT

RNHS 2.236

Email: alei@tjc.edu