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Program Accreditation & Licensure

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St. Phlilip's 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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. This program was first granted accreditation status in 1973 and was most recently re-accredited in 2009.

Upon successfully completing all the requirements of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, the student is awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates of the program are able to sit for the licensure test given by the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners.

Graduation Rate (Data from Program Records) 

Year 

2010 

2011 

2012 2013 2014
# of graduates 23 20 26 24 25

# from original cohort that graduated on time 

21 of 25 = 84%

18 of 23 = 78% 

21 of 24 = 87.5% 23 of 24 = 95.8% 24 of 24 = 100%

# that took longer than 2 years to graduate 

3 of 25 = 12%

5 of 23 = 22%

1 of 24 = 4% 1 of 24 = 4% n/a
Total Graduation Rate 96% 100% 92% 100% 100%

State Board Exam Pass Rate (Data from ECPTOTE) 

Year 

2010 

2011 

2012 2013 2014

# passed 1st attempt 

18 of 22 = 82%

18 of 20 = 90%

22 of 26 - 84.6% 22 of 23 = 95.6%

*24 of 24 = 100%

# passed within 6 months 

 4 of 22 = 18%

2 of 20 = 10%

3 of 26 = 11.5%   1 of 25 graduates as yet to take exam

Total Pass Rate 

100% 

100% 

96%   *100%

* informal feedback, not yet officially verified

Employment Rate (Data from Program Records) 

Year 

2009 

2010 

2011 

2012 2013

Employed within 6 months of passing exam and seeking employment

100% 

100% 

100% 

96% 100%

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Admission & Prerequisite Requirements 

Students wishing to major in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Allied Health Department. In addition, the student must apply to the program.

The PTA Program has made some changes in the curriculum. Students will no longer need to complete prerequisite courses to apply to the program. However, all applicants are strongly encouraged to complete any or all of the general education courses within the curriculum. This will allow the student more time to focus on the PTA courses once in the program. The general education courses include the following:

  • ENGL 1301 Composition I
  • BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology I I
  • MATH 1314 College Algebra
  • PSYC 2301 General Psychology
  • Select one course from Language, Philosophy, and Culture (40) core OR from Visual and Performing Art (50) core

 Students wishing to major in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Allied Health Department.  Students must complete 40 obsevation or volunteer hours and score a minimum of 50 on the Hobet V in order to apply.

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Application & Selection Process

Applications for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are accepted during the Spring semester only. The program admits only one cohort per academic year beginning in the Fall semester. The deadline for submitting an application and all supporting documents is March 31. Applications are reviewed and processed at the end of the Spring semester for consideration for the next available beginning class which is the following Fall semester. The program will not review documents sent prior to the beginning of the selection process in January and the program will not retain or process documents sent separately from the application. Additionally the program does not store applications, so applicants should keep a copy of their application documents if they wish to do so.

In addition to completing requirements for St. Philip's College, the student must: 

  • Submit completed Physical Therapist Assistant Application Form and supporting documentation.
  • Submit a self-prepared essay, one to two pages in length, typed and double-spaced describing your reason(s) for choosing this profession and program.
  • Submit official college transcript(s)
    •  An official transcript is one printed on official paper from the Registrar's office and in a sealed enevelope. Students should request the transcript(s) be sent to their home address. DO NOT OPEN. Submit official transcripts with all other application documents in one sealed envelope.
     
  • Submit College Entrance Exam Score if applicant has not successfully completed 12 or more college hours. (TSI, SAT, ACT) Please see a college advisor for more information about the college entrance exam.
  • Submit documentation of at least 40 hours of volunteer or work experience.
    • Volunteer or work experience must be in a physical therapy clinic/department overseen by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
    • Each student selects his/her own site for volunteer experience.
    • It must be documented and signed by PT/PTA on the provided form below.
    • Click to download a copy of Applicant Volunteer or Employment Verification Form.
     
  • Complete the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) The Essential Academic Skills V (TEAS V) standardized exam. The TEAS V is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the allied health field. This test measures the three most basic, but important, education skill sets needed for an allied health occupation. The TEAS V exam is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The objectives assessed on the TEAS V exam are those which allied health educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of allied health students. The PTA program requires a minimum of 50  for the adjusted individual total score.

The cost of the exam is $70.00.

  • Review materials are available from ATI Allied Health    
  • Click here to register for the TEAS V exam.                  New dates will become available in September 2014 
  • Dates of the exam are provided in the TEAS V registration process. Addtional test dates will become available in the spring semester.
  • Application and required documents must be mailed USPS to:

              Department of Allied Health- St. Philip's College

                                Application for  PTA program

                               1801 Martin Luther King Drive

                                San Antonio, TX  78203-2098

Documents mailed separately from the application form will not be considered. 
 

Completion of the application criteria does not guarantee program selection or admission. 

Selection Criteria and Formula  Maximum points 
Completed application and essay 10
TEAS V Individual Adjusted Total 100 

Bonus points will be given for the following items:

Bonus Point Items  Points for an A  Points for a B  Points for a C  Other Points  
BIOL 2401 4 3 1  
BIOL 2402 4 3 1  
ENGL 1301  4 3 1  
MATH 1314 4 3 1  
PSYC 2301 4 3 1  
Completed bachelor degree       5
Completed associate degree       3
Physical Therapy work experience (1,000 hours or more)       3
Physical Therapy work experience (less than 1,000 hours)       2

NOTE: Grade of C or higher for courses 

Maximum total points (application, test, bonus) =138 

The PTA Program will subsequently select the 24 highest ranked applicants. All qualified applicants will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance.

The College, the Allied Health Department and the PTA Program are not responsible for any misinterpretation of the above processes for admission and selection.

Before being fully accepted into any Allied Health program, students must pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense). Additional information and required forms will be given to students accepted into the PTA program.

Before beginning the clinical rotations, students must complete mandatory immunizations and may be required to carry health insurance during those semesters. A list of required immunizations can be found on the Allied Health Department second page of the Quick Reference Sheet. 

Enrollment into the Allied Health Programs by students with felony convictions may not be eligible for licensure or certification. These students would not be eligible for admission into the program until a declaratory order process is completed with the licensure and/or certification board. Proof of eligibility for licensure and/or certification must be provided for consideration for admission into the program. Students with concerns should contact the physical therapy chief investigator at the address below:

Executive Council of Physical Therapy Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Ste. 2-510
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-305-6900
 

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Contact Information

Program Director:
Laura Miele, P.T.A., M.E.
 lmiele@alamo.edu 

Location:
MLK Campus
Center for Health Professionals (CHP) 330K

Phone:
210-486-2443