Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Level: Degrees
Department: Health Sciences and Histology
Institute: Health & Biosciences
College: SPC

What is the Physical Therapist Assistant program?

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) prepares students to work under the direction of a physical therapist in a hospital, clinic, rehabilitation unit, sports-medicine facility, nursing home, extended-care facility, or pediatric facility. The program at St. Philip's College includes lecture and laboratory courses in physical therapy science and procedures and clinical education courses conducted in settings where physical therapy is provided.

The Mission of the Program

Serve the community by preparing our students for a career in contemporary physical therapy practice while encouraging personal growth, critical thinking, ethical behavior, and lifelong learning.

  • (New Information added to Application Process)

    2024 Applicants
    (Cohort begins classes in August 2024)

    Program Accepts Applications:
    February 1 – April 30, 2024

    Program Application Deadline:
    April 30, 2024 

    Notifications Sent to Applicants:
    No later than June 15, 2024

What will I learn?

Through the labs, you will be exposed to skills such as electrotherapy, thermal agents, therapeutic exercises, the use of exercise equipment, rehabilitation techniques, and functional treatment.

What can I do with this course of study?

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Information Sessions Spring 2024

Center for Health Professions (CHP) Building, Room 310

Face-to-Face (F2F) and Virtual Sessions:

Type

Date

Location

Time

Virtual

1/30/2024

Zoom ID: 494 822 6474

11:00 am-12:30 pm

F-2-F

2/15/2024

CHP, Room 310

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

F-2-F

3/6/2024

CHP, Room 310

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Virtual

3/27/2024

Zoom ID: 494 822 6474

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

F-2-F

4/10/2024

CHP, Room 310

12:30 – 1:30 pm


Program Outcomes

Graduation Rate (Data from Program Records)

Graduation Year Students Entering/Graduating Graduation Rate
2022 25/26 96%
2023 26/26 100%
TOTAL 76/77 99%

What's unique about the program?

All courses within the PTA curriculum must be passed with a "C" or higher. Some travel might be required for clinical education outside of San Antonio. The student is responsible for traveling to clinical education sites outside of San Antonio. During the clinical courses, students will be onsite at the clinical for 40+ hours a week. Clinical courses range from 5 to 7 weeks in length.

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St. Philip's College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
(703) 684-APTA (2782)
(800) 999-2782
(703) 684-7343 (fax)
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org

If you need to contact the program/institution directly, please call 210 486-2051 or email twren@alamo.edu.

The St. Philip's College Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

Financial Fact Sheet


Licensure Pass Rate

(Data from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)

Licensure  # passed the first attempt  # passed within one year Ultimate Pass Rate 
2022 22 out of 23  22 out of 23 95.6%
2023 22 out of 26 25 out of 26 96.2%
Two-Year License Rate      95.9%

Employment Rate

Employment Year Employment Rate
2022 100%
2023 100%
Two-year Employment Rate: 100%

“Employment Rate,” as defined by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, is the percentage of graduates who sought employment and who were employed (full- or part-time) as a physical therapist assistant within one year after graduation.

Program Information

Accreditation:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St. Philip's College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
(703) 684-APTA (2782)
(800) 999-2782
(703) 684-7343 (fax)
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 210 486-2051 or email twren@alamo.edu.

The St. Philip’s College Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

This program was first granted accreditation status in 1973 and was re-accredited in 2019.


Licensure: 

Upon successfully completing all the requirements of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, the student is awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant.  Graduates of the program are able to sit for the licensure test given by the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

Information:

Faculty and Staff

Tunetha Parchem, PTA, MPT, Program Director, & Assistant Professor

Amy Quesenberry, PTA, MSCIN, ATRIC, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education & Assistant Professor

Misty Campbell, PT, DPT, Instructor 

Professional Organizations and Sites of Interest:  The Physical Therapist Assistant Program maintains close ties with the professional organizations that represent physical therapy:

  • American Physical Therapy Association:  This is a national professional organization that represents nearly 70,000 members, and works to foster advancement in physical therapy practice, research, and education.  The mission of the APTA is to further the profession's role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunction and to enhance the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public.
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association:  This is the state component of the APTA that represents the physical therapy profession in Texas.
  • Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners:  This is the legal authority on standards of physical therapy practice in Texas.  It acts as a public guardian.  It is also the licensing authority for the state of Texas.

 Student Handbook
 Clinical Education Handbook Completing the PTAMACS for CIs

Program Statistics THECB Statutory Requirement

Admissions and Prerequisite Requirements

Students wishing to enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department.  In addition, the student must apply to the program as outlined below in the "Application and Selection Process" section.  Students requiring developmental courses must have completed all of these courses in order to be eligible for application to the program.  A recommended first step for students interested in the program is to complete 40 hours of physical therapy volunteer/observation or work hours.

Students are not required to complete general education courses before applying for the program but are strongly encouraged to do so.  Having some or all of the general education courses complete prior to beginning the program will allow the student to focus exclusively on the physical therapy courses.  The general education courses include:

  • ENGL 1301 - Composition I
  • BIOL 2401 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • MATH 1314 - College Algebra
  • PSYC 2301 - General Psychology
  • And one additional course from Language, Philosophy, and Culture (40) core OR from Visual and Performing Art (50) core

Students with questions regarding admissions or whether previous courses will transfer for credit at St. Philip's College and the PTA Program are encouraged to contact the advisor for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program using the below information:

Mr. Doug Gable
e-mail: dgable@alamo.edu
phone: 210-486-2799

Students must complete 40 volunteer or work experience hours and score a minimum of 75 on the Assessment Technologies Institute's Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) examination in order to apply.  These are recommended first steps of the application process.

Application and Selection Process

New Application Process Posted Below

Application to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a separate process from St. Philip's College application. Applications for admission to the PTA Program are accepted during the spring semester only. For questions about the application or application requirements please get in touch with Tunetha Parchem, Program Director at spc-pta@alamo.edu.

Application Instructions Application Documents

Selection Process:

Before being fully accepted into any Health Sciences program, students must pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense).  Additional information and required forms will be given to students accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.  Before beginning the clinical rotations, students must complete mandatory immunizations, a listing of which may be found on the Health Sciences Department Quick Reference Sheet.  

Selection Process

The College, the Health Sciences Department, and the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are not responsible for misinterpreting the above processes for admission and selection.

Public comments about the PTA Program, faculty, students or graduates may be addressed to the Program Director, Tunetha Parchem at twren@alamo.edu or through the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) at http://www.capteonline.org/Complaints/.

Persons desiring a response to a complaint about the PTA program should include their desired resolution, name, and contact information. Complainants doing so may anticipate a response from the PTA Program within 10 business days.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program adheres to all federal, state, and local civil rights laws banning discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in public institutions of higher education and the workplace. Accordingly, the Program will neither harass nor discriminate or retaliate against any employee, applicant for employment, student, or applicant for admission, based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, religion, creed, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), genetic information, domestic violence victim status, and any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process against the Program, on campus, or before a government agency.  Please see District Policy H.1.1 for further information.


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