Physical Therapy Assistant School in Dallas with Program Overviews

The Dallas area has one college that offers a physical therapy assistant program within 36 minutes of downtown. Learn about the degree program, admission info and program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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Physical Therapy Assistant Programs in Dallas

Students who are interested in physical therapy assistant programs have limited choices in the Dallas area, with only one school offering this program. This article covers information about the program and includes a table detailing tuition and other information about the school's attributes.

  • Tarrant County College, is a public school in Fort Worth, Texas 32 miles from downtown Dallas. Its physical therapy assistant associates' degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Tarrant County College

The physical therapy assistant program is offered through the Healthcare Professions Division at Tarrant's Trinity River Campus East. The PTA program ensures that students graduate with knowledge of the terminology, treatments and medications commonly used in the physical therapy field. Students also acquire hands-on experience with patients.

Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)

The PTA program has a selective admissions policy. Prospective applicants must complete the general Tarrant County College admissions process and submit a research paper to the program coordinator. They must also show proficiency in writing, reading and math by completing either basic coursework or placement tests. In addition, applicants' grades are considered when determining program eligibility. A drug test and a criminal background check are required as well.

This 5-semester, 2-year program includes four clinical experiences and coursework in pathophysiology, healthcare communication, patient care, anatomy, data collection and therapeutic exercises. The program is offered during the day, and students are required to attend Saturday classes during one semester. A student who successfully completes the PTA program can apply for Texas licensure as a physical therapy assistant.

School Information

Prosepective physical therapist assistant students often consider tuition and school size when deciding on a school. This table provides information about the school's attributes.

Tarrant County College
School Type 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011) 50,062*
Campus Setting Large city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) In-district: $1,224, in-state: $1,776, out-of-state: $3,984*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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