The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a cooperative endeavor by the Blinn College District and area physical therapy facilities. Physical therapist assistants (PTA) work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to help people recover from illness or injury, and return to the activities of daily living. Their work environments include, but are not limited to:
- rehabilitation centers
- home health
- nursing homes
- outpatient clinics
- school systems
They are skilled technical health workers who perform various treatment procedures including:
- rehabilitation techniques
- therapeutic exercises
- training the patient to use special equipment
- education of the patient to prevent further physical problems
Students will be instructed in the use of specialized equipment, learn to instruct patients in the use and care of braces, prosthesis, assistive devices and receive specific training which will allow them to function as a physical therapist assistant in today's healthcare field.
After completing approximately 63 semester hours, an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is granted to the student. The curriculum contains a strong core of physical therapy classes as well as related general education courses - anatomy and physiology, psychology, medical terminology and a humanities elective. The program includes lecture and supervised laboratory courses in physical therapy science and procedures as well as clinical experiences. All Physical Therapist Assistant courses must be taken in sequence and can be taken only in the semester listed. All courses listed within the program curriculum must be passed with a grade of 75 or higher, and a 2.5 GPA must be maintained.
The PTA Program at Blinn 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: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 979-691-2010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A graduate with an AAS degree is eligible to sit for national licensure examination for Physical Therapist Assistants and apply for state licensure.
The PTA program begins in the fall semester of each year, and is designed to be completed in two years regardless of the number of general education or elective courses taken prior to entry into the program. The general education courses, including PTHA 1201, can be completed prior to admission to the PTHA Program. With the exception of PTHA 1201, all other PTHA courses begin upon admission into the program and must be taken sequentially.
Enrollment in the PTA program is a maximum of 25 students each year. Due to the competitive admission process, it is recommended that you attend an information session and begin the requirements for the admission process early to be sure your application is complete by the application deadline. However, completion of all admission requirements does not guarantee admission into the PTA Program. The Blinn PTA program boasts a 100% graduation rate and a 100% pass rate on the national licensure examination in recent graduating cohorts. Program graduates have a high employment rate within six months of passing the licensure examination, and most students are able to start working as soon as they graduate.
The graduation rate and licensure pass and employment rates for each individual year are:
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Once accepted into the Blinn PTA program, students are responsible for:
- a physical examination, including immunizations.
- CPR certification.
- transportation to Blinn and to all clinical agencies.
Due to the heavy time demands of coursework, students are discouraged from working full time while in the program. Part-time work is possible when grades can be maintained. Most students spend an average of 15-24 hours per week in scheduled program activities, including labs and lectures. As a "rule of thumb," students need to spend 30 or more hours per week to study and prepare for clinicals and lectures. The clinical schedule for PTA courses includes traveling to area physical therapy facilities.
Students must have the ability to perform the cognitive essential functions of a Physical Therapist Assistant, and are required to meet minimal health requirements to participate in the clinical education component of the PTHA program.
Comments and Critiques
We welcome comments and feedback in our continual focus on enhancement of the Blinn Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. Any comments must be provided in writing and include a signature. Anonymous submissions will not be acknowledged.
Comments must be submitted to:
PTA Program Director
Academic Alliance Bldg, Office 217
1425 Bryan Rd
Bryan, TX 77807
The PTA Program Director will respond to all comments within two business weeks, to further discuss and resolve the issue. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be reached, an appeal can be made to the Dean of Health Sciences within the next two weeks. If a resolution is still not reached, appeal may be made to the Vice Chancellor for Instruction, whose decision will be final and not subject to further appeal.
Records of all relevant correspondence will be maintained by the Program Director and the Blinn College District for two years.
PTA to PT Degree Information
Some students are interested in pursuing an entry-level degree in physical therapy following the completion of the AAS Degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Students who desire to pursue this option should be aware of the following:
The primary intent of the PTA Program is to prepare individuals to be employed as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, as opposed to preparing an individual for entry into a physical therapist education program.
Admission to a Physical Therapist Program (master's or doctoral) requires completion of many more laboratory, science, math and humanities courses than are required for the PTA curriculum. It is recommended that you consult an advisor regarding prerequisite coursework that could apply to either a PT or PTA degree early in your academic experience.
As a general rule, the PTA technical courses offered at Blinn do not directly transfer to the physical therapist education programs of most schools.
Please note: If you have a felony conviction, it may not be possible for you to achieve licensure in the State of Texas. Most states will not grant licensure to persons with a felony conviction. For more information, contact the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners of the State of Texas.