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.


Through visionary leadership and contemporary teaching, Navarro College Physical Therapist Assistant Program provides students the technical skills necessary to provide evidenced based care and leadership within their communities and practices while maintaining high ethical standards and professional behaviors of a physical therapist assistant under the supervision of the physical therapist.


GOAL 1:  Graduates will experience an outstanding education through exceptional faculty, curricula, resources, and clinical experiences designed for student success in contemporary practice.

GOAL 2:  Graduates will achieve an effective transition from student to entry level professional member of the health care team, demonstrating competence in the technical skills necessary to provide physical therapy services, under the supervision of a physical therapist, while practicing in a safe and effective manner.

GOAL 3:  Graduates will demonstrate behaviors congruent with the high ethical standards as established by the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant.


A.A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant


See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings:


See the Navarro College Catalog for course descriptions:
Physical Therapist Assistant



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




Guy Featherston, 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 .