Physical Therapist Assistant
- Pathway: Health Science
- Campus: Trinity River Campus East
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists to help patients who are recovering from injuries or illnesses regain movement and strength.
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Why choose PTA?
- Prepare to be successful on the national physical therapist assistant exam & to work as a licensed physical therapist assistant
- Enter a field where you are involved with the direct care of patients
- Be able to help & support patients while working in a collaborative team environment
- Work in a growing health care field with a bright job outlook
Prepare for what you will do at work
- Help patients learn specific exercises that are part of their plans of care
- Monitor patients’ progress & responses to treatment
- Use appropriate devices & equipment to help patients
- Record patients’ progress & report the results of each treatment to the physical therapist
Explore professional organizations
- Texas Physical Therapy Association
- Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
Marketable skills you will learn
- Critical thinking
- Personal & social responsibility
- Computer literacy
Before you enroll, think about:
Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)-approved
You can use your Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits to pay for this program.
Questions? See VetSuccess on Campus
PTA is a selective admission program.
After being accepted to TCC, you must meet the selective admission requirements to be eligible to submit a separate application to our PTA program.
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Licensing Notice: Texas House Bill 1508
This program prepares you for an occupational license. However, you may not be eligible for licensing if you have a prior criminal history.
For more details, see Texas House Bill 1508 Licensing Requirements
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In our upcoming virtual information session, you will find out everything you need to know about our program: requirements, courses, costs, and more.
Attending an information session is an application requirement. You will submit your Certificate of Attendance with your application.
When & Where
We will post details here once we schedule our next information session.
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Janette Keen, Career Advisor
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Tarrant County College District is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For more information about state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.
CAPTE Contact Information
- Address: 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085.
- Telephone: 703-706-3245
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.capteonline.org
If you need to contact us at TCC, email Holly Dickson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
If you have a complaint regarding our PTA Program, its students, faculty or staff, please download and complete our PTA Complaint Form (PDF)Listen. 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 Form (PDF)Listen.
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.
Program Outcome Data
- 2020–2021 2-year average: 100%
- 2021: 100%
- 2022: 86%
- 2021–2022 2-year average: 95%
(Data provided by Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)
|Year(s)||First-Time Pass Rate||Ultimate Pass Rate|
Graduate Employment Rates
Percentages of graduates who sought employment and were hired as physical therapist assistants within 12 months after graduation:
- 2021: 100%
- 2020: 100%
- 2020–2021 2-year average: 100%
How Much Time & Money to Finish?
2022–2023 Academic Year
|Degree or Certificate||Program Title||Hours||Total Tuition & Fees|
|AAS||Physical Therapist Assistant||66||$4,224|
- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
Additional Program Costs
- Read the details: 2021–2022 Program Financial Fact Sheet (PDF)Listen
- Have accessibility questions about this PDF? Email us at TR.HealthCareAdvising@tccd.edu
- See also Cost Analysis: Physical Therapist Assistant
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- Talk to your advisor about planning for transfer
- Explore transfer schools
Start on Your Pathway!
- Apply to TCC
- Find out about financial aid
- Talk to an academic advisor
- Visit career services
- Request a transcript evaluation if you are transferring to TCC
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Updated April 11, 2023