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Physical Therapy Assistant Programs in Dallas
Students who are interested in physical therapy assistant programs have limited choices in the Dallas area, with only one public school offering this program. This article covers information about the program and includes a table detailing tuition and other information about the school's attributes.
- Tarrant County College is a public school in Fort Worth, Texas, 32 miles from downtown Dallas. Its physical therapy assistant associates' degree program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Prospective physical therapist assistant students often consider tuition and school size when deciding on a school. This table provides information about the school's attributes.
|Tarrant County College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||50,595*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||In-district: $1,320, in-state: $2,064, out-of-state: $4,920*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Tarrant County College
The physical therapy assistant program is offered through the Health Sciences Department at Tarrant's Trinity River Campus East. The PTA program ensures that students graduate with knowledge of the terminology, treatments and medications commonly used in the physical therapy field. Students also acquire hands-on experience with patients.
Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA)
The PTA program has a selective admissions policy. Prospective applicants must complete the general Tarrant County College admissions process plus 40 hours of observation and submit 3 references from the physical therapists that they observed. Additionally, applicants must score at least a 70 on the Health Education Systems Inc. exam (HESI A2). In addition, applicants' grades are considered when determining program eligibility. A drug test and a criminal background check are required as well.
This 6-semester, 2-year program includes four clinical experiences and coursework in pathophysiology, healthcare communication, patient care, anatomy, data collection and therapeutic exercises. The program is offered during the day, and students are required to attend Saturday classes during one semester. A student who successfully completes the PTA program can apply for Texas licensure as a physical therapy assistant.