Physical Therapist Assistant

The Amarillo College Physical Therapist Assistant Program takes two years to complete and leads to an associate’s degree that puts graduates to work in a variety of rewarding settings. AC graduates swiftly find career opportunities in outpatient physical therapy clinics, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, home-health agencies, schools, and sports and fitness facilities. Physical therapy assistants get great satisfaction out of helping patients and clients who have mobility challenges due to injury or disease.

Physical Therapist Assistant

What can you do with a Physical Therapist Assistant degree?


Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of physical therapists and assist with therapies designed to improve mobility, relieve pain, prevent or limit permanent physical disability, and promote overall fitness and wellness. Patients may include accident victims and individuals with short- and long-term disabling conditions, such as low back pain, fractures, head injuries, arthritis, heart disease, and cerebral palsy.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Enter the Workforce with a Two Year Degree  

First Semester Prior to Admission
ENGL 1301 - Composition I 3 hrs
PSYC 2314: Lifespan Growth & Development 3 hrs
BIOL 2401 - Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hrs
Language, Philosophy & Culture or Creative Arts 3 hrs
SPCH 1318- Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs
BIOL 2402: Anatomy and Physiology II  4 hrs
First Fall semester
PTHA 1405: Basic Patient Care Skills 4 hrs
PTHA 1321: Pathophysiology for the PTA 3 hrs
PTHA 1301: The Profession of Physical Therapy 3 hrs
First Spring Semester
PTHA 2409: Therapeutic Exercise 4hrs
PTHA 2301: Essentials of Data Collection 3 hrs
PTHA 1413: Functional Anatomy 4 hrs
Summer Semester
PTHA 1160: Clinical I 1 hr
PTHA 2305: Neurology 3 hrs
Second Fall semester
PTHA 2431: Management of Neurological Disorders 4 hrs
PTHA 2435: Rehabilitation Techniques 4 hrs
PTHA 1431: Physical Agent 4 hrs
PTHA 1161: Clinical II 1 hrs
Second Spring Semester
PTHA 2317: Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs
PTHA 2567: Practicum I 5 hrs