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.
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
Employment of physical therapist assistants is expected to increase 30 percent over the next 10 years (BLS.gov, 2016).
Physical therapy assistants work under the supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings including, but not limited to:
- Acute care
- Rehab hospitals
- Out-patient clinics
- Home health
Physical Therapist Assistant median salary: $68,3231 per year
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2017
For more information, contact 281-922-3476 or email PTAprogram@sjcd.edu.
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.
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 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.