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Physical Therapist Assistant AAS Degree


Program Description

The course of study for a physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a two-year (104 consecutive weeks) program, leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. One cohort is accepted into the program each year Besides the PTA courses, our program includes general education and science courses necessary for earning an Associates in Applied Science degree. Successful completion of the program satisfies the academic requirement for applying for the state licensure as a PTA and satisfies the requirement for graduates to take the NBPTE, the national licensing exam.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a competitive application program. Students must apply during the spring semester and be accepted prior to beginning the technical phase of the program. The program is designed to prepare skilled health care workers to perform treatment under the direction of a licensed physical therapist and includes didactic learning, skill development in the lab and clinical training. Clinical facilities will require students to successfully pass a certified background check, a negative screening for drug usage, a seasonal influenza vaccination, Hep B series, MMR series, Chicken pox series, Tetanus, and PPD to screen for TB, and a current CPR card which is AHA BLS for HC providers. Prior to the start of the program, students are required to provide proof of immunizations. This list of requirements is available on the program department website.

Graduates are prepared for employment as PTA’s in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, school systems, home health agencies and other places where physical therapy is licensed to practice. Upon completion of the program, graduates must pass the NBPTE national licensing exam to receive a license in Texas.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. For more specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses, contact the program director, a college advisor or a college counselor.

Certification – Employment in this field requires industry certification from CAPTE.

Program Admission Criteria

This is an application based program. Students interested in applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant Technology Program should read the latest additional Physical Therapist Assistant Technology admission criteria.

Admission Criteria

In addition to the general admission requirements of the Lone Star College (LSC), the following are requirements that must be met in order to apply for admission to the PTA program:

  1. Complete all developmental courses in math and English prior to application (if required based on testing). All associate degrees require completion of MATH 0310 or higher or placement at college-level on an approved exam.
  2. Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in high school and/or college.
  3. Complete at least 40 hours of observation in the field under the direction of a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant.
  4. Complete an application test administered at the Lone Star College - Montgomery Campus.
    Applications for admission will be received during the spring semester. Because admission to the program is competitive, the students who will be accepted are most likely to be those who score highest on the criteria established by the admissions committee which may include but not limited to, the following:
    1. Completion of the general education core courses in the degree plan,
    2. High grades in these courses,
    3. Scores on a standardized admission exam, writing sample and interview.

Note: It is highly recommended that students complete as many of the following courses prior to applying to the PTA program in order to submit the highest application score as possible:

  • PTHA 1201-(It is a requirement to pass this course with a C or higher)
  • BIOL 2401-(It is a requirement to pass this course with a C or higher and within the last 7 years prior to admission into the program)
  • BIOL 2402-(It is a requirement to pass this course with a C or higher)
  • ENGL 1301
  • PSYC 2301
  • PSYC 2314
  • PHIL 2306

Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon other criteria as set by LSC which may include background check and drug screening.

Admission Process

  1. All applicants are highly encouraged to attend at least 1 information session prior to the application period and/or applying to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.  The information sessions are held monthly on the LSC-Montgomery Campus or view the information powerpoint available on the departmental home page. Dates and times for the face to face sessions are located on the departmental home page.
  2. An application packet to the Physical Therapist Assistant program must be completed and submitted to be considered for acceptance into the program. There will be one application deadline each year as one class per year will be admitted. Application packets for the class starting August, will be available beginning in March of each year on-line.
    The packet will include the following forms which need to be printed and submitted by the application deadline to LSC-Montgomery PTA Department B120.
    1. On-line application signed by the student.
    2. On-line score sheet signed by the student.
    3. Observation form to be completed after 40 hours of observation under a licensed PT or PTA by the PT or PTA.  The form is available under Application Forms. Upload this form under the Documents tab of your application.
    4. ATI-TEAS test results.  IMPORTANT:  ATI-TEAS Test must be taken at least one week prior to the application deadline and will not be administered during Finals week. Directions on taking the test are on the test ticket.
    5. Any additional documentation requested during the online application. These will be uploaded under the Documents tab of your application.
  3. Top applicants will be invited for an interview and asked to submit a writing sample for review by the admissions committee.
  4. All successful applicants admitted to the PTA program will be required to attend an orientation session in the summer before starting the Program.

Program Accreditation

In order to practice as a PTA, a person must be licensed by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. To take the PTA licensing exam, a person must be a graduate of a PTA educational program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The PTA program at LSC-Montgomery is accredited by CAPTE.

For more information, go to apta.org or contact the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, 703.684.2782

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First Year

First Semester Courses 12 Credits
BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
PTHA 1201 The Profession of Physical Therapy 2
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
Second Semester Courses 16 Credits
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PTHA 1305 Basic Patient Care Skills 3
PTHA 1413 Functional Anatomy 4
PTHA 1225 Communication in Health Care 2
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
Third Semester Courses 15 Credits
PTHA 1431 Physical Agents 4
PTHA 2201 Essentials of Data Collection 2
PTHA 2435 Rehabilitation Techniques 4
PTHA 2305 Neurology 3
PTHA 1260 Clinical Physical Therapy Assistant 2

Second Year

First Semester Courses 7 Credits
PTHA 1321 Pathophysiology for the PTA 3
PTHA 2409 Therapeutic Exercise 4
Second Semester Courses 10 Credits
PTHA 2239 Professional Issues 2
PTHA 2461 Clinical - Physical Therapy Assistant 4
PTHA 2462 Clinical - Physical Therapy Assistant 4
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
PTHA 2217 Issues in Health Care 2
PTHA 2463 Clinical - Physical Therapy Assistant1 4
Physical Therapist AAS Degree Program Total 66 Credits


  1. Capstone Course

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Career Options

Median wage: $69,2401

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Physical Therapist Assistant2
  • Home Health Physical Therapist Assistant2

Gainful Employment

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  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


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Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

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