The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares students to work under the direction of a physical therapist in a hospital, clinic, rehabilitation unit, sports-medicine facility, nursing home, extended-care facility, or pediatric facility.
Your main responsibility as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) will be to work with patients to restore motion, strengthen muscles, improve circulation, relieve pain, and restore physical independence. This involves the use of physical agents such as light, heat, water, cold, sound, and electricity. Patient mobility is improved by strengthening, balance/coordination exercises, and gait and transfer training activities.
The program at St. Philip's College includes lecture and laboratory courses in physical therapy science and procedures, and clinical education courses conducted in settings where physical therapy is provided. Through the labs you will be exposed to skills such as electrotherapy, thermal agents, therapeutic exercises, use of exercise equipment, rehabilitation techniques, and functional treatment.
NOTE: The ability to read detailed information and accurately follow complex instructions is a critical skill for success as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). PTAs must comprehend technical medical terminology and precisely document treatment in patient medical records. Please keep these considerations in mind as you read the below information and begin the process of self-assessment to determine if physical therapist assistant is your best career fit.
**PTA Program Information Sessions**
The program will tentatively host information sessions on:
September 12, 2017; October 10, 2017; and November 15, 2017
Time: 5 to 6:30 PM
Location: Sutton Learning Center
(SLC) Room 115
(Note: The dates, times, and location may change up to and
including the date of the session. Please check this website the day of
the session to ensure you have the information.)
(The Sutton Learning Center is building 10 on the
All sessions contain the same information.
Reservations are not required.
For further information on the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, please select a topic of interest from the list below.
Professional Organizations and Sites of Interest
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program maintains close ties with the professional organizations that represent physical therapy:
- American Physical Therapy Association: This is a national professional organization that represents nearly 70,000 members, and works to foster advancement in physical therapy practice, research, and education. The mission of the APTA is to further the profession's role in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunction and to enhance the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public.
- 2017 -2018 PTA Student Handbook will be posted by August 1, 2017. This handbook contains information for students in the program.
- PTA MACS Instruction: This site will give you instructions for using the newest version of the PTA Manual for Assessment of Clinical Skills.
- 2017 - 2018 Clinical Instructor Handbook will be posted by August 1, 2017. This handbook contains information for clinical instructors.
Faculty and Staff
Laura Miele, PTA, Associate Professor, Program Director
Donna Stetz, PT, Assistant Professor
Phone: (210) 486-2443
A.A.S. Kapi' olani Community College
B.S.O.E. Wayland Baptist University
M.Ed. Wayland Baptist University
Clinical experience in out-patient rehabilitation and management.
Phone: (210) 486-2051
B.A. Incarnate Word College
B.S. UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
M.A. Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
M.S. Texas A&M University
Clinical experience in acute care and out-patient rehabilitation.
Shelley Kozel, PT, PCS, Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education & Instructor
Phone: (210) 486-2429
B.S. Texas Woman's University
Clinical experience in acute care, wound care, pediatrics, and neurology.
Janet Rodriguez-Macias, PTA, Adjunct Faculty Instructor
Kris Aguilar, PTA, Academic Lab Technician
Phone: (210) 486-2139
A.A.S. Northern Virginia Community College
B.A.A.S. Texas A&M, Kingsville
Clinical experience in in-patient, out-patient, and acute rehabilitation.
Phone: (210) 486-2010E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgA.A.S. St. Philip's CollegeB.S.O.E. Wayland Baptist UniversityClinical experience in acute care and out-patient rehabilitation.
Program Accreditation and Licensure
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St. Philip's College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE):
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (703) 706-3245
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 in Physical Therapist Assistant. 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)
|# of graduates
|# from original cohort who graduated on time
||24 of 24 = 100%
||22 of 24 = 92%
||22 of 23 = 95.7%
|# that took longer than 2 years to graduate
|Total Graduation Rate
Graduation Rate as defined by the Commission on Accreditation on Physical Therapy Education: percentage of students who are matriculated in the first course in the professional program after the drop/add period who complete the program
State Board Examination Pass Rate (Data from Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy)
|# passed 1st attempt
||25 of 25 = 100%
||21 of 22 = 95%
||22 of 23 = 95.7%
|# passed within one year
||25 of 25 = 100%
||22 of 22 = 100%
|Total pass rate
Employment Rate (Data from Program Records)
|Employed after passing exam and seeking employment
Employment Rate as defined by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education: percentage of graduates who sought employment that were employed (full-time or part-time) as a physical therapist assistant within one year following graduation.
* this may increase as it is not yet one year post-graduation for this cohort.
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Admission and Prerequisite Requirements
Students wishing to enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department. In addition, the student must apply to the program as outlined below in the "Application and Selection Process" section. Students requiring developmental courses must have completed all of these courses in order to be eligible for application to the program. A recommended first step for students interested in the program is to complete 40 hours of physical therapy volunteer/observation or work hours.
There are no prerequisites for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Students are not required to complete general education courses before applying for the program, but are strongly encouraged to do so. This will allow the student more time to focus on the courses once in the program. The general education courses include:
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
BIOL 2401 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 2402 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
MATH 1314 - College Algebra
PSYC 2301 - General Psychology
And one additional course from Language, Philosophy, and Culture (40) core OR from Visual and Performing Art (50) core
Students with questions regarding admissions or whether previous courses will transfer for credit at St. Philip's College and the PTA Program are encouraged to contact the advising department using the below information:
MLK Advising Line: 210-486-2008
3: Health & Biosciences Advisor for Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Alicia Stolte (210) 486-2088 email@example.com
Students must complete 40 volunteer or work experience hours and score a minimum of 75 on the Assessment Technologies Institute's Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) examination in order to apply. These are recommended first steps of the application process.
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Application and Selection Process
Application to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a distinctly separate process from application to the College. Applications for admission to the PTA Program are accepted during the spring semester only. The program admits only one cohort per academic year, and those students selected during the spring application period will begin classes in the fall semester. The deadline for submitting an application and all supporting documents is March 31st
. Applications are reviewed and processed at the end of the spring semester. The program will not review documents sent prior to the beginning of the selection process in January, and will not process documents sent separately from the application packet. Additionally, the program does not return applications, so applicants should retain copies of documents if they wish to do so.
The application form and all other supporting documents, as detailed below, MUST BE MAILED IN A SINGLE MAILING ENVELOPE via the U.S. Postal Service (return receipt recommended) to:
Health Sciences Department - 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/package will NOT be considered. Completion of the application criteria does not guarantee program selection or admission.
In order to comprise a full and complete application, the student must:
- submit documentation of at least 40 hours of volunteer or work
experience. Each student selects his/her own site for volunteer or work
experience, but it must be in a physical therapy clinic/department and
overseen by a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant
(PTA). It must be documented on the Applicant Observation or Employment Verification Form.
- complete the Assessment Technologies Institute's Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) examination, Allied Health version.
This standardized examination is a multiple-choice, web-based test that
helps identify students with the best chance of success in the health
sciences field. It measures three basic, but important, education skill
sets needed for a health science occupation--reading/English and
language usage, math, and science. The objectives assessed on the ATI TEAS are those which health science educators deem most appropriate and
relevant to measure entry-level skills and abilities of health science students. As the ATI TEAS is a new version of the test (replacing the old TEAS V), in order to fairly compare student scores all applicants must take the new version. (Note: This test has alternately been referred to as "TEAS Version 6", "ATI TEAS", and simply "TEAS". If you follow the registration directions below, you will take the correct test. Again, please select the "Allied Health" version and not the "Nursing Students" or any other version.)
- The PTA Program requires a minimum score of 75 for the adjusted individual total score.
- Please include printouts of your "Transcript" (shows date and time the test was taken and your total score) and "My Results" tab (gives an individual score for each portion of the test) pages in your application.
- submit a completed Physical Therapist Assistant Application Form and supporting documentation. (Please type and print this document if possible.)
- submit all official college transcripts. An official transcript is one
printed on official paper from the registrar's office and is in a sealed
envelope. Students should request the transcript(s) be sent to their
home address for inclusion in the application package with all other
documents. DO NOT OPEN the transcript. Alamo Colleges transcripts (if
applicable) will need to be obtained and included in the package by the
student - we are unable to access them for you.
- submit a college entrance examination score (SAT, ACT, etc.) if you have not successfully completed 12 or more college hours. Please contact a college advisor for more information about the college entrance examination.
- 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.
The PTA Program provides the following information about the ATI TEAS examination for informational purposes only. This information, including cost, deadlines, and so forth, is subject to change without notice. For the most current information about the ATI TEAS, please consult the ATI Testing website.
- This test is required for ALL applicants regardless of educational status (e.g., new to college, graduate of a master's program, etc.).
- Test dates fill quickly! Please attempt to schedule your test as early as possible or you may have to take it at a less convenient location, if you are able to secure a date at all. The PTA Program will not extend the March 31st deadline.
- The cost of the examination is currently $91.00, and it may only be taken once every 6 months.
- Review materials are available from the TEAS Products Store, if you wish to purchase them. They may also be available from your local public library.
- The dates for the examination are provided during the registration process. It may be taken at St. Philip's College (in room 301 or 303 of the Center for Healthcare Professions) or at a site more convenient to your location.
- The location for your test is one you select during the registration process and will be on the confirmation information e-mailed to you at the e-mail address you provide. Please ensure you know to which testing center you must report.
- If you experience any issues with the registration or scheduling process at St. Philip's College, please contact one of the following individuals:
- Ms. Bree White - ATI point of contact for Nursing and Allied Health Testing - (913) 661-6467, or
- Ms. Laurie Huhndorf - St. Philip's College point of contact for testing - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or phone: (210) 486-2654.
- The following are the test dates for 2017 for the ATI TEAS - Allied Health:
- Monday April 3 Room 303
- Saturday April 8 Room 301
- Monday April 17 Room 303
- Saturday May 6 Room 301
- Tuesday May 30 Room 301
- Tuesday June 20 Room 301
- Tuesday July 11 Room 301
- Tuesday July 25 Room 301
These dates are subject to change. For the most current information, consult the ATI Testing website. Please note that there are only 40 seats available for each testing session, and that several other programs at St. Philip's College require this test as a part of the application package.
- Click here for detailed instructions on how to register for the ATI TEAS examination. You will need to create an
account. Use "St Philips College ALLIED HEALTH" (no quotation marks, no period after St, no apostrophe in Philips) for the school.
- Once you create an account and are logged in, proceed to the "Online Store"
(This link is at the very top of the page).
- In the "Register for..." block on the left-hand side of the next page, click "TEAS".
- Please ensure you sign up for the "Allied Health" examination, and not the examination for "Nursing Students" or for any other program.
Before being fully accepted into any Health Sciences 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, a listing of which may be found on the Health Sciences Department Quick Reference Sheet.
Enrollment into Health Science Programs by students with felony or misdemeanor
convictions - Students with felony or misdemeanor convictions may not be eligible for
licensure or certification, and are not 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:
Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE)
333 Guadalupe. Ste 2-510
Austin, TX 78701
Once on the ECPTOTE webpage
, click on the "Request a Criminal History Evaluation" link and follow the given directions.
Application Package Scoring
All PTA program applications will be scored according to the following criteria:
Application Package Scoring
|Selection Criteria and Formula
|ATI TEAS Adjusted Individual Total Score
|Completed application and essay
Bonus points will be given for the following:
|Bonus Point Items
||Points for an A
||Points for a B
||Points for a C
|Completed baccalaureate degree
|Completed associate degree
|Physical therapy work experience (1,000+ hours)
|Physical therapy work experience (< 1,000 hours)
Note: Grade of C or higher is required for courses
Maximum total points (application, test, bonus) = 138
For 2016, there were 121 applicants to the program. Of these, 109
were qualified applicants. Twelve students were disqualified (11 for
TEAS scores below 65, and one for not completing the required 40 hours
of volunteer observation/work experience). The top 26 highest-ranked
applicants were offered a seat in the program. The average scores were as follows:
||Total Package Average (TEAS + Essay + Bonus Points)
|All qualified applicants
By comparison, the TEAS average was 79.90, and the total package average was 108.24 for the selectees of the 2015 cohort. The higher or lower scores of the applicants themselves raise or lower the cutoff score each year, thus we are unable to provide an exact score that will ensure selection for the program.
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The College, the Health Sciences Department, and the PTA program
are not responsible for any misinterpretation of the above processes for
admission and selection.
Public comments about the PTA Program, faculty, students or graduates may be addressed to the Program Director, Laura Miele at email@example.com or through the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) at
Persons desiring a response to a complaint about the PTA program should include their desired resolution, name and contact information. Complainants doing so may anticipate a response from the PTA Program within 10 business days.