About the PTA Program
In support of the mission of Lone Star College System, the mission of the LSC–Montgomery Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to facilitate the development of critical-thinking skills, clinical competencies and ethical decision making behaviors consistent with the Physical Therapy profession and essential for the successful pursuit of a career in physical therapy as a physical therapist assistant.
What the PTA Program is Like
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program includes classroom, lab and clinical instruction. It is recommended that students have a particular interest in the sciences and strong interpersonal skills. Graduates receive an associate of applied science degree (AAS) and are eligible to take the national licensure examination. Students begin the five-semester program in the fall. The program includes four in-depth clinical rotations that allow the student to work with a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant full time in area hospitals, clinics and rehab centers. The LSC-Montgomery PTA program has almost 100 clinical sites that are actively involved in the clinical education of our students—either through direct clinical preceptorships or through guest lectures.
Lone Star College-Montgomery's PTA Program, the only one of its kind in the north Houston area, is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Admission is competitive and no more than 30 students are accepted into the program per year, so students have the advantage of low professor-to-student ratios. In addition, full-time faculty within the LSC-Montgomery PTA program hold clinical doctorates (DPT) in physical therapy. The graduation and job placement rates of the program participants are high and PTA salaries continue to grow.
What a PTA does
A physical therapist assistant is a technically-educated healthcare provider who assists the physical therapist in the treatments of physical therapy, which may include services that help improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients. They manage conditions such as back and neck injuries, sprains/ strains and fractures, arthritis, burns, amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, birth defects, and work- or sport-related injuries.
Careers as a PTA
Helping people restore function after injuries or relieve pain from medical conditions -- few careers are as rewarding as that of a physical therapist assistant. It is also one of the fastest-growing careers in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 45% increase in the need for PTAs through 2013.
Why Choose LSC-Montgomery?
- 100% Employment Placement Within 6 Months of Graduation!
- 100% 1st Attempt National Board Pass Rate for the Class of 2013!
- 100% of all Full-Time Faculty Hold Clinical Doctorates (DPT) in Physical Therapy!
- Low Faculty to Student Ratio!
- Low Cost Tuition!
- High Entry Level Salaries!