Tyler Junior College

Physical Therapist Assistant


Physical Therapist Assistant Program Mission Statement:

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.

Tyler Junior College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program has submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

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.
  1. Implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by the physical therapist.
  1. 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.
  1. Demonstrate effective oral, written and nonverbal communication as it relates to a culturally diverse population
  1. Successfully integrate concepts from general education courses and PTA technical courses into physical therapy practice.
  1. Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning, evidence-based practice and professional growth in physical therapy practice.
2015 Application Period is April 1 - May 22 at noon

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

Tuesday, March 17, 5:30-7 p.m., PTA Lab in Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Building
For further information, please contact:
Christine Melius, PT, MPT
PTA Program Director
RNHS 239
cmel@tjc.edu | 903-510-2544
Amy Leighman, PT
RNHS 283
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/PTA

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

Information Session:

Tues, March 17th 5:30-7:00  Rogers Nursing and Health Science Center PTA Lab 1.137

Admissions Process:

Please see the related downloads for 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.

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.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Program Director: Christine Melius, PT, MPT

Address: RHNS 239

Email: cmel@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2544