Welcome to the Amarillo College Physical Therapist Assistant Program!

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Amarillo College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:  http://www.capteonline.org

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PTA Program Changes

  1. For the class admitted in the fall of 2015, we will not be requiring PTHA 1301: Profession of Physical Therapy or PTHA 1321: Pathophysiology or the PTA as prerequisites.  Instead, students admitted in the fall of 2015 will be expected to take these courses after being admitted to the PTA program.
  2. Students accepted to the next PTA class will start the program in the fall of 2017
  3. Our admission date will change.  Students accepted to the next PTA class will start the program in the fall of 2015 rather than the spring of 2016.
  4. In an effort to be fair, application points will be awarded for the following courses (10 points for “A”, 7.5 points for a “B”, and 5 points for a “C”):
    1. BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology I
    2. BIOL 2401: Anatomy and Physiology II
    3. PSYC 2314: Lifespan Developmental Psychology (If you have taken PSYC 2301: General Psychology instead of Lifespan, you will receive credit for it for this application period due to the change in program requirements)
    4. ENGL 1301: Freshman Comp
    5. 3 hours of Speech
    6. 3 hours of Language, Philosophy, and Culture/Creative Arts
    7. Observation hours will need to be completed by May 31, 2016.  You may complete the online application without having all of your observation hours done.  You will turn the observation logs in at application finalization sessions which will begin on May 18th.

Complaints regarding the program or program graduates should be first addressed to the PTA Program Director, Dr. Sue Grady at 806-354-6043 (suegrady@actx.edu).  Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to Mr. Mark Rowh, Dean of Health Sciences at 806-354-6070 (merowh@actx.edu).  All complaints will be documented, included the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility.  Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.  This Commission is located at 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

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