Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction 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 program is a total of 66 credit hours, including 3 clinical affiliations, and the student is awarded an A.A.S. degree upon completion of the program. 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 70 or 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 received between January 15 and March 1 for enrollment in the Fall semester.  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 Guadalupe, Suite 5-10, Austin, TX 78701-3942;  Phone (512) 305-6900;

The American Physical Therapy Association provides information on the profession of physical therapy.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at San Jacinto College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: http://www.capteonline.orgIf needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 281-998-6150 ext. 3350 or email

PTA Program Admission Requirements

PTA Observation Form

PTA Letter of Recommendation

PTA Frequently Asked Questions

PTA Program Application Form

PTA Admissions Point System

PTA Clinical Handbook

PTA Student Handbook

PTA Complaint Form

Approximate Costs & 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                                      

   2018                    95.5%                             In Progress                          

   2017                    90.9%                                95.5%                                 

   2016                    100%                                 100%           

Class Year     Graduation Rate            Employment Rate                                      

   2018                    91.7%                            In Progress                          

   2017                    91.3%                               100%                                 

   2016                    87.0%                               100%                                   

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be held on a regular basis at San Jacinto College South, 13735 Beamer Road, Houston TX 77089. They will take place in Allied Health & Science Building (Bldg. 1).  Sessions are open to the public.  Registration is not required. The sessions will cover topics such as PT as a profession, career potential, program requirements and general information.

Information Session Dates: All information sessions are offered from 12pm-1pm or from 6pm-7pm. 

Date Location


ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 credit hours
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3 credit hours
BIOL 2301 Anatomy& Physiology I (lecture) 3 credit hours
BIOL 2101 Anatomy& Physiology I (lab) 1 credit hour
BIOL2302 Anatomy& Physiology II (lecture) 3 credit hours
BIOL 2102 Anatomy& Physiology II (lab) 1 credit hour


Courses Which Meet Humanities/Fine Art Elective Requirements

  • English: 2322, 2323, 2327, 2328, 2332, 2333
  • Philosophy: 1301, 2306
  • Arts: 1301, 1303, 1304
  • Dance: 2303
  • Drama: 1310, 2366
  • Music: 1306, 1307 (formerly 1308 & 1309), 1310

Financial aid:  Please call 281-484-1900 EXT. 3829 for information.

PTA Department 281-998-6150 x3350

Program Director:  Susan Hinson, PT, DPT
ACCE (Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education):  Mina Cauthen, PTA
Administrative Assistant: Richard Hind