Status: AWARD PLAN PUBLISHED
Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Physical therapist assistants (PTA) perform physical therapy interventions and other duties under the supervision and direction of a physical therapist (PT). Physical therapy involves managing movement dysfunction and enhancing physical function and ability. This is achieved by restoring, maintaining, and promoting optimal physical function and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health. PTAs are expected to collect data and implement interventions within the PT's plan of care for patients of all ages with cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, and integumentary diagnoses. This is done to help prevent onset, progression, symptoms, and/or functional limitations that may result. This information is communicated to the supervising PT, both verbally and written. Physical therapy personnel are needed in hospitals of all types, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes. Clinics and community health agencies also offer employment opportunities. Texas requires that a national licensure exam be successfully completed after graduation in order to practice as a PTA in this state. Upon applying to take the licensing examination, the graduate will have to answer questions about his/her drug, alcohol, psychiatric, and/or conviction history for determination of eligibility to take the national licensing exam. ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE PTA PROGRAM. Each applicant to the PTA program must complete a minimum of forty (40) hours as a volunteer/aide in a physical therapy facility. This Program is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314-1488; (703) 706-3245. Admission criteria may be obtained from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Office or by visiting the program web site at www.austincc.edu/health/ptha. Students accepted into the program are required to have a physical examination, provide documentation of immunizations, and verify annual tuberculosis status. At the time of successful completion of the program the graduate will demonstrate technical competence in entry level skills and knowledge required of a PTA. Physical therapy interventions will be provided safely, ethically and within the scope of practice as defined by the profession and licensure requirements.
In order to meet requirements of clinical agencies, criminal background checks and drug screenings for all Health Sciences students are now required as part of the admissions process.
Program changes may not be reflected in the current ACC Catalog publication. Please access the most up to date information on the program's web page through a link at www.austincc.edu/health/ptha or by contacting the Health Sciences Admissions Offices at Eastview Campus, Room 8356 or Round Rock Campus, Room 3105.