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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Degree. Transfer.

About Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapy is a health profession with the primary purpose of restoring, maintaining and improving the quality of life of the healthy and those with injury or dysfunction. Through the use of such tools as physical agents (i.e., heat, cold, ultrasound, traction, electrical stimulation), gait training, massage and various forms of exercise, physical therapy professionals work in a variety of settings with a variety of patients. Some settings in which physical therapy is performed include hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation units/center, nursing homes, schools and private homes. Patients treated in physical therapy range from newborns to the geriatric population and sample diagnoses would include cerebral palsy, athletic injuries, back/neck problems, strokes, burns/wounds, post-surgical conditions and spinal cord injuries.

student outcomes

The PTA Program at Kilgore College has excellent student outcomes for its students including graduation rates, licensure pass rates on the national licensure exam, and employment rates. For the most recent two years of data collection (2020-2022), the following outcomes are noted in these areas:

  • Graduation rate: 80%
  • National licensure ultimate exam pass rate (last two years): 95.83%
  • First time national licensure exam pass rate for last two years: 62.5%
  • Employment rate (last two years): 100%

PTA program information sessions

  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.

What does the program cost?

Frequently asked questions

While the job market for PTA’s has decreased over the last few years, there is still a need for PTA’s in the healthcare setting especially in rural areas. The competition for these jobs has increased slightly, however, to date, all graduates of the PTA program wishing to find employment in the field have done so. The current job growth for PTA’s in the state of Texas is 26% and 17.6% nationwide. The Bureau of the Department of Labor statistics shows the national median salary is $58,040.

The PTA Program at KC is a two-year associate degree program combining academic and clinical course work and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The PTA Program admits one class per year to begin in the fall. Class size is currently limited to 16 students and there are usually between 80-100 applicants each year. All PTHA courses must be taken in sequence and can be taken only in the semester identified.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Services, the national median salary for Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) was $49,690. Local salaries will vary.

Physical therapist assistants must complete a two-year educational program.. The graduates must then pass a PTA state licensure exam before they can work as a PTA, but the AAS degree is conferred. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist. Their duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to the plan of care, training patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducting treatments, using special equipment, administering modalities and other treatment procedures and reporting to the physical therapist on the patients.

Accreditation Status

The PTA Program at Kilgore College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; Telephone: 703-706-3245; E-mail: Website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (903) 983-8154 or email

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