Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a selective admission, 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree program.
Role of the PTA
The licensed physical therapist assistant must work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
The PTA's general function is to:
- Help the physical therapist implement the treatment plan of care for a patient
- Perform routine physical therapy interventions and data collection in accordance within the plan of care
- Observe, record and report patient conditions, reactions and responses related to physical therapy treatment
To prepare graduates to become licensed PTAs
The mission of our program is consistent with and expands upon that established by the Tarrant County College District: to provide affordable and open access to quality teaching and learning.
In addition to the mission of the College, the PTA Program strives to prepare students to be successful on the national physical therapist assistant exam, to practice legally, to exhibit professionalism, to demonstrate competency with entry-level skills appropriate for a physical therapist assistant, and to become employed as licensed physical therapist assistants.
Program Outcome Data
- 97%: April 2013–May 2015 Cohort
- 81%: April 2012–May 2014 Cohort
- 96%: April 2011–May 2013 Cohort
Licensure Pass Rates per Graduation Year
(Data provided by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)
- 100%: May 2015 Boards
- 87.1%: May 2014 Boards
- 100%: May 2013 Boards
Graduate Employment Rates
Percentages of graduates who sought employment within 6 months of obtaining their licenses:
- 100%: 2015
- 100%: 2014
- 100%: 2013
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Tarrant County College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Telephone: 703-706-3245.
Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is a requisite for application for Texas licensure as a PTA. Licensure in Texas is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.
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If you have a complaint regarding our PTA Program, its students, faculty or staff, please download and complete our PTA Complaint FormListen. Send it to the Director of Health Sciences, who will review the complaint with our PTA Program coordinator.
Note: We do not share personal information–such as academic standing or demographic or medical information–about students, faculty, staff or patients with the general public.
Healthcare Professions Division
Updated November 23, 2015