Physical Therapist Assistant
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Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, out-patient clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, pediatric centers, schools and home health agencies. PTAs provide services for patients which help decrease pain, improve mobility, restore function and minimize disabilities.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at San Jacinto College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; telephone: (703) 706-3245); email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. The program is a total of 64 credit hours, including 3 clinical affiliations, and the student is awarded an A.A.S. degree upon completion of the program. After graduation, the student applies to take The National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination. Individuals must pass the licensure exam to practice as a PTA in most states including Texas. The licensure exam is offered by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.
PTA students must earn an average of 70 or above in the PTHA classes and a “C” or better in biology courses. Additionally, the student must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from the PTA program.
Acceptance into the PTA program is based on a points system. It is competitive with enrollment limited to 24 students. Applicants must meet the College’s general admission requirements. Complete applications must be received between January 15 and March 1 for enrollment in the Fall semester. See the attached PTA Program Admission Requirements form for more information.
For more information on the licensing process or for complaints regarding the PTA program or a PTA student contact the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners at 333 Guadalupe, Suite 5-10, Austin, TX 78701-3942; Phone (512) 305-6900; www.ecptote.state.tx.us/
The American Physical Therapy Association provides information on the profession of physical therapy. www.apta.org
The cost of the PTA program is the standard published San Jacinto College tuition with additional fees for labs, insurance, background check, drug screen, immunizations, CPR certification, and additional travel expenses for clinical rotations. Uniforms may need to be purchased for some clinical rotations.
Information sessions will be held on a regular basis at San Jacinto College South, 13735 Beamer Road, Houston TX 77089. They will take place in Allied Health & Science Building (Bldg. 1) in the PTA lab (Room 217). Sessions are open to the public and begin at 6:00 p.m. Registration is not required. The sessions will cover topics such as PT as a profession, career potential, program requirements and general information.
Information Session Dates:
Courses Which Meet Humanities/Fine Art Elective Requirements
- English: 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333
- Philosophy: 1301, 2306
- Arts: 1301, 1303, 1304
- Dance: 2303
- Drama: 1310, 2366
- Music: 1306, 1307 (formerly 1308 & 1309), 1310
Financial aid: Please call 281-484-1900 EXT. 3829 for information.
PTA Department 281-922-3476
Program Director: Susan Hinson, PT, DPT
ACCE (Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education): Laura Oppermann, PT
Administrative Assistant: Anum Fatima