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Physical Therapist Assistant

Health Care Professions career cluster

Available on Trinity River Campus East Only

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

For more details, see Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant (American Physical Therapy Association)

Program Mission

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

Graduation Rates

  • 77%: August 2014–May 2016 Cohort
  • 97%: August 2013–May 2015 Cohort
  • 87.1%: August 2012–May 2014 Cohort

Licensure Pass Rates per Graduation Year

(Data provided by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)

  • 100%: May 2016 Boards
  • 100%: May 2015 Boards
  • 100%: May 2014 Boards

Graduate Employment Rates

Percentages of graduates who sought employment and were hired as physical therapist assistants within 6 months of earning their licenses:

  • 100%: 2015
  • 100%: 2014
  • 100%: 2013

Program Accreditation

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.


File a Complaint with TCC Health Sciences

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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.

If you would like to request records of complaints about our PTA Program, its students, faculty or staff, please download and complete our PTA Complaint Information Request FormListen.

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.

File a Complaint with CAPTE

CAPTE considers complaints about accredited programs and about CAPTE itself.

Find out how to File a Complaint with CAPTE.

Information Sessions

Attending an information session is not an application requirement. You do not have to reserve a place, but seating is limited to the first 100 people.

Spring 2017

  • Date: May 9
  • Day: Tuesday
  • Time: 5 p.m.
  • Place: Trinity River Campus East (map)
  • Room: TRHA 1050 (first floor)


Cal Quigley



Trinity River Campus

Cal Quigley, Career and Technical Education Academic Advisor
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Updated March 10, 2017