Physical Therapist Assistant

Program LengthFour semesters


Potential Salary RangeNot available


Effective October 7, 2014, Navarro College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation status is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program helps prepare students to enter the field of physical therapy through academic and clinical studies. The PTA curriculum includes both classroom education at Navarro College and clinical training in traditional and non-traditional physical therapy practice settings. Upon successful completion of academic and clinical studies, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for physical therapy assistants provided by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Additional employment requirements, such as state licensure, vary from state to state and among countries. Each student is encouraged to determine the additional employment requirements of the state or nation in which he or she wishes to work.


Applications for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program will be accepted from April 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016 for review and selection of the Spring 2017 PTA class. Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a separate procedure from admission to Navarro College. Applicants must first meet all admission criteria for Navarro College. After acceptance as a student by Navarro College, a student may submit an application to the PTA program. Positions in this program are limited.

Admission to the Physical Therapy Assistant program is based on a competitive basis. Selection and awarded points are based on the following factors:

  • completion of required prerequisites (must be completed by enrollment into PTA program):
    • HPRS 1101- Introduction to Health Professions
    • BIOL 2401 – Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIOL 2402 – Anatomy and Physiology II
    • ENGL 1301 – Composition I
  • overall grade point average (GPA) of completed PTA degree core courses (example: MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics, etc.)
    • completion of TEAS-Allied Health (formerly known as HOBET)

Additional points will be awarded to those students who:

  • have completed a prior college degree (points vary depending on degree)
  • have previous health care work experience
  • have completed various core courses within the PTA curriculum (one point per class completed prior to application deadline)
    • PSYC 2314 Human Growth and Development
    • MATH 1342 Elementary Statistics
    • PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy OR PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
    • SPCH Elective

It is mandatory for all students who wish to apply to the PTA program to attend one information session prior to the application deadline of August 31, 2016.

Applicants with the highest number of points will be selected for the number of vacant positions for the next class admission. Students who are ranked but not admitted due to program resources will be held as alternates. The annual enrollment will be determined by Navarro College based on available clinical education sites, faculty, and other factors.

Selection of students and notification to students for admission into the program will take place during the spring semester. Students selected for admission will be required to return the letter of intent and attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the first semester.

Navarro College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is committed to ensuring public safety and protection by requiring criminal background checks. Felony convictions will prevent the applicant from acceptance into the program. A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the FSBPT Certification Examination and/or attain state licensure and may prevent the applicant from acceptance into the Navarro College PTA program. (Please refer to Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Rules, Rule 343.9 for further definition).
Misdemeanor convictions constitute meeting with the PTA Program Director prior to entry into the PTA program to discuss the implication of the criminal record on his/her potential progression in and completion of all requirements of the curriculum. Prior to application into the PTA program, each student will be required to complete a Criminal Background Check and submit the results of Criminal Background Check with the application. 


A.A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant


See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings:



Complaints regarding the program can be addressed to the PTA Program Director, Sarah Austin at and / or Dean of Health Professions, Glenda Terry at




Glenda Terry, Dean
Bain Center, Room 226
Sarah Austin, PT, MPT,
PTA Program Director
Midlothian Campus: Rm 215
Lisa Rigsby, PT
Midlothian Campus: Rm 213


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**Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Cost does not include labs, fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2015 tuition chart here .