HOW TO APPLY TO STC
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT ♦ Obtain a Student Data Form and Student Supplemen-
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE tal Information Form from the Office of Admissions
and Records. Complete both and return to the same
SECOND YEAR – FALL SEMESTER
♦ Provide an official transcript from your high school,
or if you are a transfer student, from each college you
attended, and have it submitted to the Office of Admis-
sions and Records for formal evaluation for credit. Physical Therapist
PTHA 2435 Rehabilitation
Notification of admission – Students will be notified of
their admission status by the College. Assistant Program
♦ Orientation services for new and transfer students –
FIFTH SEMESTER-SPRING SESMESTER
Orientation welcomes and introduces new and transfer
PTHA 2266 Practicum II (956) 872-3161
students to STC. Students receive information about
PTHA 2267 Practicum III
academic advisement, financial aid, student organiza- www.southtexascollege.edu/nah
tions, campus activities, and counseling and advising
services. Orientation is strongly encouraged for new
PTHA 2339 CAPSTONE:
and transfer students.
Total Credit Hours: 68 ♦ Academic advisement for new, transfer, and cur-
rently enrolled students – STC provides academic
Identifies courses to fulfill minimum 15-hour advisement to students at the Advisement Center and
General Education Requirements through designated division advisors in the appropriate
division, department, or program. It is very important
***Approved Humanities Electives: that new and transferring students (prior to registration)
HUMA 1301 Intro. to Humanities I contact the Advisement Center for assistance with
PHIL 1301 Intro. to Philosophy course selection. All STC students with any questions
PHIL 2303 Intro. to Logic are encouraged to meet with their respective division
PHIL 2306 Ethics advisor before registering to discuss course selection
and preparation of degree plans.
STATEMENT OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
No person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the bene-
fits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity
♦ Registration for classes will be held on the official
sponsored or conducted by South Texas College on the basis of registration dates as outlined in the school calendar/
race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or class schedule. Payment of tuition and fees is due at the
designated deadline to complete the enrollment process.
Produced by: The Nursing/Allied Health To earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Physical Thera-
Division pist Assistant Program, a student must meet college graduation re-
This publication is available in an alternative format. Contact (956) quirements and complete all coursework as prescribed in the degree
872-3116 for more information. Individuals with disabilities requir- plan with a minimum grade of “C”.
ing assistance or access to receive these services should contact
Disability Support Services at (956) 872-2513. The State of Texas requires licensure in order to practice as a PTA.
After successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to
site for the licensure examination.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT
Physical Therapist Assistants, or PTA’s, are skilled Financial aid is available for those who qualify. For more infor- ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
health care providers who work under the supervision of mation contact the Office of Financial Aid at (956) 872-8375.
a physical therapist. PTAs assist the physical therapist THEA LIABLE
PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
in implementing treatment programs to help restore or
improve function, relieve pain, encourage independ- Any individual meeting the following conditions may apply to the pro- PRE-REQUISITES
ence, and educate patients and their families. PTAs gram: BIOL 2401 Anatomy and Physiology I
work with patients or clients in a variety of areas such as • All applicants must meet general admission requirements to South HITT 1305 Medical Terminology
hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics, as well Texas College. SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication
as in the home, in schools, and on the job. The main • High School Graduation or GED equivalent. ENGL 1301 Composition
goal in physical therapy is to help people help them- • Demonstrate proficiency in state-mandated general knowledge, PTHA 1409 * Introduction to Physical
selves. Because of the humanitarian nature of this pro- content through approved means; i.e., Texas Higher Education Therapy
fession, PTAs must have a genuine interest in caring for Assessment (THEA), ACCUPLACER, ASSET, and/or COMPASS
others. with program specific exemptions accepted. FIRST YEAR – FALL SEMESTER
• Achieve a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT (minimum BIOL 2402 Anatomy and Physiology II
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES of 16 in all areas). Scores must be current within the last five years. PTHA 1405 Basic Patient Care Skills
The employment outlook for PTA’s in the United States (Math, English, Science)
PTHA 1513 Functional Anatomy
and The Rio Grande Valley is good at the present time. • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, on a 4.0 scale in all trans-
fer courses and courses completed at STC.
PTHA 2201 Essentials of Data
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the physi-
cal therapist assistant career is among the top fifteen • Present documentation of minimum of fifty (50) hours of volunteer
fastest growing occupations in the United States for this or work experience under the supervision of a PT or PTA in two
decade. America’s Career Info Net has identified the different settings (25 hours in separate setting; home health hours SECOND SEMESTER-SPRING SEMESTER
PTA career as one of the 25 occupations with the largest not accepted). PSYC 2314 Life Span Growth and
number of projected openings at the associate degree • Complete all prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “C” as Development
level. listed in the degree plan. PTHA 1321 Pathophysiology
• Satisfy program specific requirements for clinical practice. PTHA 1531 Physical Agents
EARNINGS • Submit a completed PTA Program application. PTHA 2509 Therapeutic Exercise
Earning vary according to experience, skill level, and
• Participate in student advisement session with PTA faculty/staff
work setting. The average local salary for a physical prior to registration.
therapist assistant ranges from $40,000-$50,000 (may
vary depending on setting). Program Application * Must have departmental approval and ACT scores
A new application pool is established for each fall class. Applications to register for this course.
will be available from PTA faculty/staff advisors to students meeting
admission requirements. The deadline for submission of completed appli-
PROGRAM COSTS cations is the first Friday in May. Applicants will be notified of their (Continued on next page…..)
The estimated program cost is $6144.70 for tuition and status by mid July. Please contact the PTA program’s office at (956) 872-
fees*, textbooks, professional liability insurance, uni- 3161 for additional information.
forms, clinical supplies, immunizations, criminal back- Selection Process
ground check, and drug screening. *Tuition and fees The PTA Program selection process includes two phases: In the first
are based on current in-district estimates and do not phase, students are ranked from highest to lowest utilizing verified points
include pre-requisite or general education courses. based on the sum of 1) a computation score: degree plan GPA times the
number of degree plan courses already completed, and 2) “Documentation GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
of Experience Form” scores. The top 30 applicants with the highest score To earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Physical
ACCREDITATION GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS
then complete the second phase, which includes a written assignment. Therapist Assistant, a student must meet college graduation require-
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited To earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree as a Physical Thera- ments and complete all coursework as prescribed in the degree plan
Scores from both phases are added and applicants are numerically ranked
by the Commission of Accreditation in Physical Ther- pist Assistant Program, a student must meet college graduation re- with a minimum grade of “C.”
in descending order until maximum class size is reached. If not admitted,
apy Education. Additional information regarding ac- quirements and complete all coursework as prescribed in the degree
a new application is required for the next admission cycle.
plan with a minimum grade of “C”.
creditation may be obtained from the Commission on The State of Texas requires licensure in order to practice as a PTA.
Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 The program size limitations, a number of applicants who meet
Due toState of Texas requires licensure in order to practice as a PTA. the After successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible
North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; accredita- After admissions requirements many not be admitted are eligible to
programsuccessful completion of this program, graduates to the program. to sit for the licensure examination.
email@example.com: (703) 684-2782 or (702) 706-3245. site for the licensure examination.