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Physical Therapist Assistant Career Information

  • Employment in the occupation is projected to increase much faster than the average, reflecting the growing number of individuals with disabilities or limited function and the increasing use of physical therapist assistants to reduce the cost of therapeutic services.
  • Physical therapist assistants have an Associate’s degree and are licensed in most states.

About the Profession

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares students to perform physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Interventions may include teaching patients to walk, use crutches, use an artificial limb and therapeutic exercise. Therapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, ultrasound, electricity and massage are some of the techniques used in physical therapy.

Please note that PTA courses do not transfer to degree physical therapy programs. Individuals interested in becoming physical therapists should contact those schools directly to get the admissions requirements. The American Physical Therapy Association has a list of accredited physical therapy programs.

Physical therapist assistants are licensed by the State of Texas after successful completion of a national examination. Licensed PTAs are employed in health care settings which offer physical therapy services. Facilities which utilize PTAs include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, school districts and long term residential facilities. Opportunities are also available through traveling physical therapy services.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Updates

  • PTA Program Application Status

    The PTA Program application period for 2020 has closed. Applications are being processed and acceptance letters will go out in early June. You can submit an application for 2021 starting September 1, 2020 through the deadline date of May 10, 2021. Any revisions or updates to the process will be posted on the PTA website.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology I Assessment Testing Suspended for Summer and Fall 2020 Registration Only

    Due to COVID-19, and in response to ACC campuses limiting access to essential personnel only, the A&P I Assessment Test has been suspended for the remainder of this testing period and the Fall testing period. Students will not need permission to register for BIOL 2401 for Summer '20 and Fall '20 registration periods ONLY.

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  • PTA Program Statement on “Pass” and “No Pass”

    If a "P" grade is chosen for a Spring 2020 prerequisite course, the “P” grade will not be calculated in determining the GPA for ranking purposes and could impact your total ranking. For questions regarding choosing a "P" versus a performance grade (A, B, C) please contact Administrative Assistant Stephanie Thayer at stephanie.thayer@austincc.edu.

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