Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Information

Are you patient, compassionate, and persevering? These are the qualities that can help you become a physical therapist assistant (PTA). As a PTA, you will work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings, providing services for patients that help decrease their pain, improve their mobility, restore function, and minimize disabilities.

The San Jacinto College physical therapist assistant program:

  • Is a total of 66 credit hours, including three clinical affiliations, and the student is awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree upon completion of the program. Successful completion of the program in two years prepares graduates for the national licensing exam for physical therapist assistants; and
  • Trains students to help patients to regain strength, range of motion, function, and movement.

Additional Information

San Jacinto College boasts a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exam in the graduating cohorts of 2019, and from 2009-2016. Graduates have a high employment rate within six months of passing the licensing exam.

The PTA program at San Jacinto College is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
1111 North Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488

telephone: (703) 706-3245)

Career Opportunities

Employment of PTAs is expected to be good to care for and manage patients, especially the elderly population.  Job prospects will also be more favorable in rural areas. (, 2019).

PTAs work under the supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings including, but not limited to:

  • Acute care,
  • Hospitals,
  • Rehab hospitals,
  • Out-patient clinics,
  • Aquatics,
  • Pediatrics,
  • Geriatrics, and
  • Home health.

Earning Potential

Physical Therapist Assistant median salary: $72,8421 per year

For more information, students may contact 281-998-6150, x3350 or email


South Campus

Accreditation Information

The PTA program at San Jacinto College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100

Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085

Telephone: (703) 706-3245

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 281-998-6150 X3350 or email

Application Submittal Procedures for Fall 2021

The application period for fall 2021 admission opens on January 13, 2021 and closes on March 2, 2021.

Due to the Winter Storm of 2021 causing campus and post office closures, the deadline has been EXTENDED to March 8th. 

You may submit all required documents electronically by attaching them to one email and sending them to Please note that only scanned PDF documents will be accepted. Photos of documents will not be accepted.

In-person Application Submittal South Campus, Building S.11 (Student Center)

If you are wanting to turn in your application in person, please click on the link below to make an appointment. Appointment times will not be confirmed. Please take note of the date and time selected. You only need to select one date and time.…

All visitors to the College MUST fill out a daily pre-screening form in order to be granted access to campus.

Please visit for information on campus safety procedures and to access the daily pre-screening form.

Recommendation Forms

Can be turned in face to face if they are in a sealed envelope and signed. Please see above for link to make an appointment.


If you are submitting your application via email, recommendation forms should be sent directly from the individual completing the form. They are to send the recommendation form to and place the applicants name in the subject line (Ex. Subject: John Smith or Smith, John)


If your have signed sealed envelopes, they can be submitted together and mailed to:

San Jacinto College - South

ATTN: PTA Program

13735 Beamer Rd.

Houston, TX 77089


Prerequisites (Minimum grade "C" for each)

BIOL 2301/2101 or 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 Credit Hours
BIOL 2302/2102 or 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 Credit Hours
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3 Credit Hours
  Total Credit Hours 14 Credit Hours

*Lifetime course attempt maximum for Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II is 3

Links and Documents

Admission Requirements 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Application Form

Recommendation Form

Alternative to Observational Experience Worksheet

Observation Form 

Admissions Point System 

Clinical Handbook

Student Handbook

Complaint Form

Program Sheet

Approximate Costs and Fees


The cost of the PTA program is the standard published San Jacinto College tuition with additional fees for labs, insurance, background check, drug screen, immunizations, CPR certification, and additional travel expenses for clinical rotations.  Uniforms may need to be purchased for some clinical rotations.

Program Outcomes

Class Year     First Time Pass Rate     Ultimate Pass Rate       

   2020                    95.0%                            In progress                          

   2019                    94.0%                               100.0%    

   2018                    95.5%                                95.5%                          


Class Year     Graduation Rate            Employment Rate     

   2020                   100.0%                            In progress

   2019                    85.7%                              100.0% 

   2018                    95.7%                               86.0%                                                                                        

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held on a regular basis online as a Zoom conference. Registration is not required. The sessions will cover topics such as PT as a profession, career potential, program requirements and general information.

**Please note you will need to attend the entire session and provide your name and email address to obtain credit for your attendance.

Information Session Dates

Date Time Zoom Meeting Link
Tuesday February 16, 2021 6:00 p.m. CDT
Wednesday February 24, 2021 12:00 p.m. CDT