Mission & Goals


Mission & Goals

Mission Statement

As a workforce/technical program, the PTA Program promotes the values, professional behaviors, critical thinking skills, and competencies that are consistent with the physical therapy profession and essential for a career in physical therapy.

Program Goals

  • Develop technical competence, lifelong learning and professional growth for safe, effective entry-level practice.
  • Instill the importance of ethical and legal practice as defined by the profession and the State of Texas Practice Act.
  • Maintain accreditation requirements for licensure pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates.
  • Promote diversity and cultural sensitivity among the students and faculty in preparation for clinical practice.
  • Develop sound clinical decision-making using evidence-based practice.
  • Utilize current technology and equipment to deliver a comprehensive and contemporary curriculum.

Vision Statement

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Austin Community College will be recognized as the preferred gateway to PTA education in central Texas.

Value Statement

The PTA Program values and respects each individual student and the community we serve. Faculty and students are guided by the principles of respect, trust, and appreciation for individual differences and strive to instill these in the students of the program.

  • Every student should have the opportunity to pursue a higher education in a culture that welcomes diversity of ideas and attitudes.
  • Deliver a challenging, flexible, and high-quality education to prepare students for contemporary physical therapy practice.
  • Utilize open and respectful communication to achieve goals and resolve conflict.
  • Diversity and cultural sensitivity within the program and in interactions with the community.
  • Decision-making using evidence-based practice.
  • Professional behavior that includes ethical and legal practice in physical therapy.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Updates

  • PTACAS Currently Unavailable

    The PTA Program is currently working on possible changes to the admission process. At this time, the PTACAS is currently unavailable. Any prior application information will still be available to you once it is re-opened. Please see the Application Process page for the most current information.

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  • PTA Program Application Status

    All application status letters for the 2022 application cycle were sent on June 24. The PTACAS will close in August for monthly maintenance and will re-open to accept applications for the 2023 cycle starting September 15, 2022. Please see the Application Process page for the most current information.

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  • The Immunization and Tests Required Form Has Been Updated

    The Immunizations and Tests Required Form has been updated as of May 6, 2022. Please use the latest form when submitting your application requirements. For more information, visit the Immunizations page.

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