Tyler Junior College

Physical Therapist Assistant


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 will submit 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.

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

2015 Application Period is April 1st - May 22nd 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

Information Session:

Tuesday, March 17, 5:30-7 p.m., PTA Lab in Rogers Nursing and Health Sciences Building

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. 

All applicants to the program will be required to complete the TEAS V Allied Health.  For information on how to take the TEAS V Allied Health, please click on related downloads and select TEAS V Testing Information. 

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

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

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, MPT

Address: RHNS 239

Email: cmel@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2544