Physical Therapist Assistant

Help rehabilitate patients from injury or disease by studying to become a physical therapist assistant. Award-winning faculty in Austin Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program train students to help improve mobility and relieve pain through exercises, manual techniques, research, and patient tracking. Students graduate from the associate degree program with the skills they need to pass the national licensing exam and land a fast-paced career.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Austin Community College is a special admissions program with limited availability. Students preparing for the program should select "General Studies in Pre-Health Sciences" as their major on the application. Because requirements may change, consult the program website to confirm current requirements. Admission to the college does not guarantee entrance into a particular course or program of study.

Pride Points

100% pass rate on licensure exam

94 percent job placement rate

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, phone 703-706-3245,

Career & Salary Information

Physical therapist assistants remain in high demand, as graduates find challenging and rewarding careers –– from private offices, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. Here are just a few of the many career possibilities you might consider. 

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  • Physical Therapist Assistants

    Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

    Hourly Wage: $

    Currently Employed:


    # people are employed as Physical Therapist Assistants. This number is expected to # over the next four years.

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Awards & Program Maps


Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.

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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant