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Physical Therapist Assistant

Quick Facts

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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Our Program

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

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Marketable skills you will learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • 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

Selective Admission

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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Degrees & Certificates

Degree

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Attending an information session is an application requirement.

When & Where

  • Dates:
    • Wednesday, November 10, 2021
    • Friday, March 4, 2022
  • Time: 5–6:30 p.m.
  • Place:
    • Trinity River Campus East
      245 East Belknap
      Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • Building & Room: TRHA 1050 (first floor)

Questions?

Email Chioma Olonade, PTA Program Director at chioma.olonade@tccd.edu

Accreditation

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

If you need to contact us at TCC, email Chioma Olonade at chioma.olonade@tccd.edu.

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.

Complaints

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

Graduation Rates

  • 2020: 87.5%
  • 2019: 85%
  • 2019–2020 2-year average: 86.25%

First-Time Pass Rate

  • 2020: 92.9%
  • 2019: 100%
  • 2019–2020 2-year average: 96.45%

Licensure Pass Rates per Graduation Year

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

  • July & October 2020 Boards: 100%
  • May 2019 Boards: 100%
  • 2019–2020 2-year average: 100%

Graduate Employment Rates

Percentages of graduates who sought employment and were hired as physical therapist assistants within 12 months after graduation:

  • 2020: 100%
  • 2019: 100%
  • 2019–2020 2-year average: 100%

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

Degree or Certificate Program Title Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Physical Therapist Assistant 66 $4,224

Notes:

  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Non-Credit Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to career and promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!

Contact

Trinity River Campus

Health Care Professions
Advising Resource Hub

Call 817-515-1484

Email TR.HealthCareAdvising@tccd.edu

Advising by Appointment

Fall & Spring Hours
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Summer Hours
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Updated October 25, 2021