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 which 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 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 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 physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 30 percent over the next 10 years (, 2016).

Physical therapy assistants 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: $68,0131 per year

For more information, 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

1111 North Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488

Telephone: (703) 706-3245)

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


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:

Date Time Location
Tuesday October 15, 2019 6:00pm S-1.113
Wednesday October 16, 2019 12:00pm S-1.149
Tuesday November 12, 2019 6:00pm S-1.113
Wednesday November 13, 2019 12:00pm S-1.149
 Monday December 2, 2019 12:00pm & 6:00pm S-1.117 (12pm) / S-1.113 (6pm)


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