A student in the five semester Physical Therapist Assistant Program, which begins each fall semester, attends lectures and practices the skills learned in lab settings at the Coleman College for Health Sciences campus. Further knowledge is gained during clinical experiences in the Texas Medical Center institutions, as well as in various hospitals and clinics throughout the area. On-campus classroom lectures and labs, as well as clinical experiences away from the campus, are routinely scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a competitive admission program. Please see Admission Steps below for application process.

Degrees and Certificates

Physical Therapist Assistant - AAS

Program Information

A Career in Physical Therapist Assistant


A Physical Therapist Assistant, who implements treatment plans under the direction of a Physical Therapist, is trained in the application of therapeutic modalities, such as cold, massage and electricity; exercise; prosthetics and orthotics, and functional activities in the rehabilitation and treatment of adults and children.

A Physical Therapist Assistant must be able to manipulate and move equipment, sequence work and handle heavy work schedules, with or without accommodations, and have effective verbal and written communication skills.

Employment opportunities are found in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics,school systems and home health-care agencies. On a state-wide level, a Physical Therapist Assistant, who is required by state law to practice under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, will find entry-level annual salary ranges between $30,000 and $40,000, or $15 to $20 hourly.

Admission Steps


Are you ready to start the application process for Physical Therapist Assistant? Click here to download the admission steps.

Accreditation Information


The Houston Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is an accredited program. Accreditation is by the Commission of Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, 1111 N. Fairfax ST, Alexandria, VA 22314-9991, 800.999.2782

PSLO 2017 - 2020

  • 90% of students will demonstrate comprehensive academic knowledge of the PTHA curriculum in preparation for the state licensure exam.
  • 100% of students exhibit entry-level skills in interpersonal professional behavior following the final clinical rotation.
  • 100% of students demonstrate competent entry-level physical therapist assistant skills in treatment implementation and meet employable criteria following the final clinical rotation.
  • 100% of students demonstrate clinical application to progress, modify and/or withhold interventions based on the supervising physical therapist’s plan of care as determined by safe and effective treatment implementation during the final clinical rotation.

Student Outcomes


The Physical Therapist Assistant program accepts approximately 50 students the fall of each year.

  • Graduation rates:
    • Graduation Rate 2013:  75.5%
    • Graduation Rate 2014:  78.4%
    • Graduation Rate 2015:  72%
  • Licensure examination pass rates for students graduating in May of the following years are:
    • 2013: 100%
    • 2014: 95%
    • 2015: 100%
  • Employment rates for students graduating in May of the following years are:
    • 2013: 100%
    • 2014: 95%
    • 2015: 100%

** An individual with a previous felony conviction should contact the ECPTOTE at 512.305.6900 prior to admission into the program. The Board will review each case and determine if an individual is eligible for licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Statement of Purpose, Vision and Mission


Statement of Purpose
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program leading to an Associate Degree in Applied Science encompasses a two-­‐year, five semester course of study requiring a total of 66 semester hours of credit.
The program is designed to prepare skilled technical health workers to perform certain physical therapy procedures and related tasks under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The treatment procedures include physical agents (ie. ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage), rehabilitation techniques, and therapeutic exercise. Graduates of the program take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) and become licensed by the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Enrolled students are required to successfully complete both the academic and clinical requirements of the program to receive the AAS degree.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program within the Houston Community College System will be a leader and innovator in the field of physical therapy by preparing students to effectively serve the current and future healthcare needs of our diverse community.
The Houston Community College System Physical Therapist Assistant program is the program of choice employing dedicated instructors in an evidence-­‐based curriculum to consistently   produce highly qualified, professional, compassionate, and ethical Physical Therapist Assistants committed to a lifetime of learning. Graduates are actively engaged in the profession and effectively contribute to the functional movement needs of society.

Program Goals and Program Outcomes


Program Goals
Based on our mission, graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be prepared to work in a legal and ethical manner in every aspect of patient/client management under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. In addition, the PTA graduate will be prepared to:

  1. Provide safe, effective and efficient patient/client management using evidence-­‐based practice  
  2. Provide culturally sensitive care
  3. Use communication and information technology effectively and appropriately relative to the institution, workplace, and patient care
  4. Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to progress, modify, and/or withhold interventions based upon the plan of care and patient response
  5. Exhibit entry - level professional behavior skills in both the academic and clinical environment
  6. Seek and develop opportunities for lifelong learning

Program Outcomes

  1. Program graduation rates will be equal to or greater than 65% annually
  2. Graduates of the PTA Program will have a 90% first time licensure pass rate annually on the NPTE
  3. Program employment rates will be 95% annually
  4. Ninety percent (90%) of PTA Program students will complete the PTA MACS grading criteria by the final affiliation
  5. One hundred percent (100%) of PTA Program students will complete a professional development plan during the capstone course that addresses short and long-­‐term goals and plan for life-­‐long  learning

Program Costs


Physical Therapist Assistant Program Costs - 2016 – 2017

Initial Program Start-up Costs 
Uniform Polo Shirts 60.00
Lab Kit 135.00
Lab Clothes 60.00
Health Record Management System 100.00
Health Physical/Vaccines 150.00
Total $505.00
Out of
Out of
ENGL 1301 208.50 424.50 474.00
PSYC 2314 208.50 424.50 474.00
HUMA x3xx 208.50 424.50 474.00
BIOL 2301/2101 276.00 564.00 630.00
BIOL 2302/2301 276.00 564.00 630.00
17 Credited Hours      
Total for prerequisites 1148.50 2372.50 2653.00
1st Year - 1st Semseter      
Required Courses      
12 Credited Hours 816.00 1680.00 1878.00
Books 510.00 510.00 510.00
Parking 300.00 300.00 300.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Semester Total 1,650.00 2,514.00 2,712.00
1st Year - 2nd Semseter      
Required Courses      
12 Credit Hours 816.00 1680.00 1878.00
Books 830.00 830.00 830.00
Parking 300.00 300.00 300.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Semester Total 1970.00 2834.00 3032.00
1st Year - 3rd Semseter      
Required Courses      
7 Credit Hours 478.50 982.00 1098.00
Books 85.00 85.00 85.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Parking 150.00 150.00 150.00
Semester Total 737.50 1241.00 1157.00
1st Year- Total 4357.50 6589.00 6901.00
2nd Year - 1st Semseter      
Required Courses      
10 Credit Hours 681.00 1401.00 1566.00
Books 0 0 0
Parking 300.00 300.00 300.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Semester Total 1005.00 1743.00 1890.00
2nd Year - 2nd Semseter      
 Required Courses      
8 Credit Hours 546.00 1122.00 1254.00
Books/testing 200.00 200.00 200.00
Parking 300.00 300.00 300.00
Lab Fees 24.00 24.00 24.00
Semester Total 1070.00 1646.00 1778.00
2nd Year- Total 2075.00 3389.00 3668.00
Total Costs once Admitted 6435.50 9978.00 10569.00
Total Program Cost (Including pre-reqs. and
initial estimated start-up costs)
8089.00 12,855.50 13727.00


  1. All students must carry a person health insurance policy to attend clinical training which is an additional cost.
  2. All fees and tuition costs are subject to change.
  3. Physical Examination and/or vaccine costs vary



There are 858 Physical Therapist Assistants employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 23.3% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 78 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $38,000 hourly, $58,000 annually.