Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist and assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals with medical and health related conditions which limit their ability to perform functional activities.

The goal of physical therapy treatment is to restore function, reduce pain and prevent disability. PTAs provide care for people in hospitals, outpatient clinics, patient’s homes, schools, work settings, nursing homes and fitness facilities.

Our Physical Therapist Assistant program is five semesters long and includes three, six-week clinical rotations under the supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. Our faculty provides a combination of individual attention, a friendly atmosphere and a small student-to-faculty ratio.

Pending Accreditation

The 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. 

Information Sessions

Curious about the PTA program? Join us for an information session, where program faculty will review the application process and answer your questions.

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28

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.

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.

Certification

Upon successful completion of the program and pending the program being granted Accredited status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), students are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) given by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to become a licensed physical therapist assistant. The state of Texas requires a license to practice. Licensure involves a separate application process and is based on successful completion of the NPTE.

Degree Plans

How to Apply

TJC is an open admissions college; however, acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program is limited. Please see the application packet for more information. 

PTA Application Packet
Selective Admissions

‚ÄčAdmissions 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.edu. Complaints 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.

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.