Sep 22, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant Program

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The course of study for a physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a two-year program, leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. One cohort is accepted into the program each year. Besides the PTA courses, our program includes general education and science courses necessary for earning an Associate in Applied Science degree. Suc­cessful completion of the program satisfies the academic requirement for applying for the state licensure as a PTA and satisfies the requirement for graduates to take the NBPTE, the national licensing exam.

The program contains a total of 66 credit hours. The pro­gram is designed to prepare skilled health care workers to perform treatment under the direction of a licensed physical therapist and includes didactic learning, skill development in the lab and clinical training. Clinical facilities will re­quire students to successfully pass a certified background check, a negative screening for drug usage, a seasonal influenza vaccination, TDap vaccination, positive quantitative blood titers for HEP B, Hep C, MMR, Chicken pox, and PPD to screen for TB annually, and a current CPR card which is AHA BLS Provider.

Graduates are prepared for employment as PTAs in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, outpatient clinics, school systems, home health agencies and other places where physical therapy is licensed to practice. Upon completion of the program, graduates must pass the NBPTE national licensing exam to receive a license in Texas.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. For more specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses, contact the program director, a college advisor or a college counselor. 

Admission Criteria

In addition to the general admission requirements of the Lone Star College (LSC), the following are requirements that must be met in order to apply for admission to the PTA program:

  1. All associate degrees require placement at College Math on an approved exam.
  2. Have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in high school and/or college.
  3. Complete at least 40 hours of observation in the field under the direction of a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant and provide proof of observation. (Observation Form is available under prospective students on the PTA department web page.
  4. Complete BIOL 2401  and PTHA 1201  with a grade of "C" or better prior to the application deadline.  Additionally, BIOL 2401  must have been completed within the last 7 years.
  5. Complete the standardized admission exam.

Final acceptance into the program is contingent upon other criteria as set by LSC, which may include background check and drug screening. Criteria and instructions will be provided to the successful candidate upon admission to the program.

Note:  It is recommended that students complete as many of the general education core courses as possible prior to application to the PTA program.

Please consult the program website for additional information.

Program Curriculum

By completing the program, students will earn one award:


Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

[AAS_PHTA offered at LSC-Montgomery]

Total Credit Hours Required for Degree: 66


* The Student Success Course Requirement  is satisfied through successful completion of PTHA 1201.

AAS Completed

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