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.

2017 Application packet

2017 Application Period: January 2017-Friday, May 26 at noon

Information Sessions

9/27/16 at 5:30-6:30 in Rogers Nursing & Health Science Center room 1.137
11/14/16 at 5:30-6:30 in Rogers Nursing & Health Science Center room 1.137
2/28/17 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.

Degree Plans

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.

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

Admissions Information

Cohorts are listed by year starting program.

2015 Cohort: 43 applicants with 43 meeting admission criteria.  20 students accepted and matriculated into the program.

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.eduComplaints against the Program can be made to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education at http://www.capteonline.org/home.aspx. The Program upholds a standard of prohibition of retaliation following complaint submission.

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