Physical Therapist Assistant

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The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a selective admission, two-year Associate of Applied Science degree program.

The program curriculum consists of five consecutive semesters and begins in the fall semester each year. During the second half of the program, students attend clinical rotations at participating physical therapy facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes. 

PTA courses, including clinical courses, are offered only during the daytime hours. One semester of Saturday classes is also required. Weekend classes or clinicals may be required.

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Role of the PTA

The licensed physical therapist assistant must work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The assistant'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.

Program Accreditation

The PTA 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; email:; website:

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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Updated November 18, 2013


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