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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 will be to work with patients to restore motion, strengthen muscles, improve circulation, relieve pain, correct deformities 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, exercise equipment, rehabilitation and functional treatment.


**Note** The program is hosting information sessions on:

            Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 5:00pm,  Center for Health Professions, (CHP) Rm.115



For further information on the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, please select a topic of interest from the list below. e

Program Topic

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.  
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association 
    This is a state component of the APTA that represents the physical therapy profession in Texas.
  • Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
    This is the legal authority on standards of physical therapy practice in Texas. It acts as a public guardian. It is also the licensing authority for the state of Texas.
  • PTA Student Handbook
    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 MACS.
  • Clinical Instructor Handbook
    This handbook contains information for clinical instructors.

Faculty and Staff

Mary Hays, PTA, Instructor
Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
Phone: (210) 486-2429
A.A.S. Los Angeles Pierce College
B.S.O.E. Wayland Baptist University
Clinical experience in out-patient and adult rehabilitation and home health care

Laura Miele, PTA, Assistant Professor, Program Director
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.  

Donna Stetz, PT, Assistant Professor
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

 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; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: 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)



2012 2013 2014                                          2015                                   
# of graduates 20 26 24 25 22

# from original cohort that graduated on time

18 of 23 = 78%

21 of 24 = 87.5% 23 of 24 = 95.8% 24 of 24 = 100%           22 of 24 = 92%

# that took longer than 2 years to graduate

 2 of 23 = 9%

1 of 24 = 4% 1 of 24 = 4% n/a  
Total Graduation Rate 87% 92% 100% 100%  

State Board Exam Pass Rate (Data from ECPTOTE) 



2012 2013 2014                                      2015                                    

# passed 1st attempt

18 of 20 = 90%

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

25 of 25 = 100%

21 of 22 = 95%

# passed within 6 months

2 of 20 = 10%

3 of 26 = 11.5%  22 of 23 = 95.6%  25 of 25 = 100% 22 of 22 = 100%

Total Pass Rate


96%  95.6%




Employment Rate (Data from Program Records)



2012 2013 2014

Employed within 6 months of passing exam and seeking employment


100% 100% 100%  

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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. Students requiring developmental courses must have completed all of these courses in order to be eligible for application 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 enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must meet all admission requirements for acceptance to St. Philip's College and the Health Sciences Department.  Students must complete 40 observation or volunteer hours and score a minimum of 65 on the TEAS V in order to apply.

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Application and 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 envelope. 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 Observation or Employment Verification Form.
  • Complete  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 health sciences field. This test measures the three most basic, but important, education skill sets needed for an health science 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 health science educators deemed most appropriate and relevant to measure entry level skills and abilities of health science students. The PTA program requires a minimum of 65 for the adjusted individual total score.

The cost of the exam is $81.00. The exam may only be taken once every 6 months.

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

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 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 26 highest ranked applicants. All qualified applicants will receive notification of acceptance or non-acceptance.

The College, the Health Sciences 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 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 and may be required to carry health insurance during those semesters. A list of required immunizations can be found on the Health Sciences Department second page of the Quick Reference Sheet

Enrollment into the Health Science 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, PTA, M. Ed.          
Assistant Professor

MLK Campus
Center for Health Professionals (CHP) 330K