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Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work under the dierction and supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, out-patient clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, pediatric centers, schools and home health agencies. PTAs provide services for patients which help decrease pain, improve mobility, restore function and minimize disabilities.
The PTA program at San Jacinto South is a nationally-accredited program under the guidelines of The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; (703)706-3245). The program is a total of 66 credit hours and the student is awarded an A.A.S degree upon completion of the program. 11 of these credit hours are awarded for 3 different clinical affiliations which take place over a total of 19 weeks. After graduation, the student applies to take The National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination. Individuals must pass the licensure exam to practice as a PTA in most states including Texas. The licensure exam is offered by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.
PTA students must earn an average of 75 oir above in the PTHA classes and a "C" or better in biology courses. Additionally, the student must maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from the PTA program.
Acceptance into the PTA program is based on a points system. It is competitive with enrollment limited to 24 students. Applicants must meet the College's general admission requirements. Complete applications must be submitted by March 10 for enrollment in the Fall semseter. See the attached PTA Program Admission Requirements form for more information.
For more information on the licensing process or for complaints regarding the PTA program or a PTA student contact the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners at 333 Guadalup