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.
  • Trains students to help patients to regain strength, range of motion, function and movement.

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
  • Home health

Earning Potential

Physical Therapist Assistant median salary: $68,3231 per year

For more information, contact 281-922-3476 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)


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 July 9, 2019 12:00pm or 6:00pm S-1.115
Monday August 5, 2019 12:00pm S-1.115
Tuesday September 10, 2019 6:00pm S-1.115
Wednesday September 18, 2019 12:00pm S-1.113


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