Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate of Applied Science


Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction and supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, outpatient clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, pediatric centers, schools, and home health agencies. PTAs provide services for patients that help decrease pain, improve mobility, restore function, and minimize disabilities.

The physical therapist assistant 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

The program is a total of 66 semester credit hours including three clinical rotations. The student is awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree upon completion of the program. After graduation, the student applies to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination. Individuals must pass the licensure exam to practice as a PTA in most states, including Texas. The licensure exam is offered by the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.


Applicants to the program must meet the requirements for general admission to the College and must also meet program-specific requirements. For detailed information concerning admission requirements and deadlines for submitting applications and related documents, students may contact the Physical Therapist Assistant department.

Contact Information:

Phone:(281) 998-6150 ext. 3350

For more information on the licensing process, students may visit the American Physical Therapy Association, which provides information on the profession of physical therapy. For complaints regarding the PTA program or a PTA student, students may contact the Program Director or fill out the Complaints Form at:

Plan of Study

South Campus

Sample 2-Year Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
ENGL 1301 Composition I 1 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra (or higher) 1 3
BIOL 2301
BIOL 2101
Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology I (Lab) 1
BIOL 2302
BIOL 2102
Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)
and Anatomy and Physiology II (Lab) 1
First Term
PTHA 1201 The Profession of Physical Therapy 2
PTHA 1305 Basic Patient Care Skills 3
PTHA 1313 Functional Anatomy 3
PTHA 1321 Pathophysiology for the PTA 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 1 3
Second Term
PTHA 2201 Essentials of Data Collection 2
PTHA 2409 Therapeutic Exercise 4
PTHA 1431 Physical Agents 4
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
Third Term
PTHA 1360 Clinical I-PTA 3
PTHA 2205 Neurology 2
PTHA 2217 Issues in Health Care 2
Fourth Term
PTHA 2239 Professional Issues 2
PTHA 2431 Management of Neurological Disorders 4
PTHA 2435 Rehabilitation Techniques 4
Fifth Term
PTHA 2460 Clinical II - PTA 4
PTHA 2461 Clinical III - PTA 4
 Total Credits66

Capstone Experience: PTHA 2461 Clinical III - PTA