This course covers specific information and skills that students will need in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. It is taught in both a lecture and lab component and it is a 4 hour course. Due to regulatory agencies, this course can only be taught by accredited PTA programs. Any course that would be considered as an equivalent must be: 1) taught at an accredited PTA Program, 2) be a four hour course with a lab, and 3) have objectives that are comparable to the ACC PTA Program's course.
Applicants with completed course work will have additional bonus points added to their ranking score. 1.5 bonus points will be awarded for an "A" and 0.75 bonus points will be awarded for a "B". The following courses are eligible for bonus points:
- PTHA 1409 Introduction to Physical Therapy
- BIO 2305 Human Physiology
- And one additonal of the co-requisites listed below that has the highest qualifying grade. A maximum of 4.5 bonus points can be awarded.
- PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development
- Elective in Humanities/Fine Arts
Yes. The PTA program requires attendance at an information session as part of the application process. There are regularly scheduled information sessions during the fall and spring semesters in room 9307. While a face-to-face information session is recommended, students have the option of completing an information session online. The link can be found on the PTA website.
Based on the past four years (2010-2013), the average number of applicants was 40 of which we accepted 20. The program does not maintain waiting lists. Students that applied and did not gain admission into the program and want consideration for admission the following year must submit a new application. No additional consideration is given to the number of times an applicant has applied to the program. New classes enter in the fall semester and the application deadline is May 18 of any year.
Students in the PTA course of study should expect to spend at least 12-18 hours per week for study time in addition to class time.
The general schedule is as follows:
|Level I||Level II|
|Fall: late morning, afternoon and evening classes||Fall: morning and afternoon classes; clinical 240 hrs|
|Spring: all day||Spring: clinical 240 hrs (2)|
Class schedules may change without notice because of our reliance on adjunct faculty and clinicians with expertise in specific patient care areas.
Yes. You will need to purchase the following equipment:
- Blood pressure cuff
- Gait belt
- Plastic, 12-inch goniometer
- Minimum 1GB SD card
These supplies are approximately $75-$95 on various online sites.
All students must successfully complete clinical rotations as part of the requirement for graduation from the PTA Program. All students complete these rotations within the ACC service district. All students are expected to arrange their own transportation to the clinics as assigned.
PTA students are required to wear khaki pants, a solid colored polo shirt, and closed toed shoes when in clinics. Other facilities, such as hospitals, may required specific-colored scrubs. ID badges will be obtained through the college.
While we cannot predict the job market with 100% accuracy, sources indicate considerable growth in PTA jobs. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Physical Therapists Assistants rank 8th among the top 20 fastest growing occupations in the U.S.
Generally speaking, PTAs earn 75-80% of what a PT earns. A reasonable expectation for a new graduate can be between $38,000 and $48,000/year based on full-time employment. Please keep in mind that pay scales vary depending on the setting and because Austin is a favorable place to live, salaries are generally lower than in other parts of Texas. Graduates that are willing to relocate can expect higher starting salaries. Salaries for Texas PTAs can be found on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Page.
Licensure is required in the State of Texas under the provisions of the Physical Therapy Practice Act 4512E and must be obtained through successful completion of a national exam before the candidate may practice Physical Therapy. The procedure for obtaining licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Texas will be distributed during the last semester of enrollment. Licensure requirements vary in other states and students should speak with the program faculty for assistance with this information.
Graduate Pass Rate on National PTA Exam and Employment Rate
|May 2013||May 2012||May 2011||August 2010||August 2009|
|First time test takers||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|All takers, within one year of graduation||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|Employed within six months after obtaining license||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
|June 2011||June 2010||June 2009||June 2008||June 2007|
|Graduation Year||May 2013||May 2012||May 2011||August 2010||August 2009|
|Number withdrawn for academic failure||1||1||2||1||3|