Instructional Programs
Physical Therapist Assistant

 Course Information

This program prepares individuals for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The licensed Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist to perform treatment interventions, which include therapeutic use of heat, cold, ultrasound, massage, and exercise. They work under the direct supervision of the Physical Therapist to assist people with movement impairments and subsequent pain to regain functional activity through the use of preventive patient education, motor relearning programs, physical agents, and exercise. PTHA 1309, Introduction to Physical Therapy course is designed for students who wish to work as a Physical Therapy Aide and need a letter of completion for their employer. PTHA 1309 is required prior to taking first semester courses.

Special Notes: Students must complete Specialized Admissions requirements prior to enrollment in specialized courses. The scheduled ranking date is June 7. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to submit all required documentation to allow for normal processing. Normal processing can take place in a few days or a few months depending on document type and individual circumstances. It is not reasonable to expect that the student will be ranked if documentation is not submitted in a timely manner.


Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT)

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 Policies and Procedures

PTA Program Policy Manual Signature Form.pdfPTA Program Policy Manual Signature Form
PTAP Policies and Procedures Program V1.pdfPTAP Policies and Procedures Program V1


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at El Paso Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314;
Telephone: 703-706-3245;
If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (915) 831-4172 or email

 District Wide Coordinator

Debra Tomacelli-Brock, PT, DPT, MS

Tel: (915) 831-4172


 Regional Salary Survey

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Regional Salary Survey



Physical-Technical Competencies Form.pdfPhysical-Technical Competencies Form
New Student Orientation Manual 2017-2020.pdfNew Student Orientation Manual 2017-2020
PTA Clinical Education Manual.pdfPTA Clinical Education Manual
Physical Therapist Assistant AAS 2018-2019.pdfPhysical Therapist Assistant AAS 2018-2019
Physical Therapist Assistant Program Fees.pdfPhysical Therapist Assistant Program Fees
Specialized Admissions Program Information Guide 2018-2019.pdfSpecialized Admissions Program Information Guide 2018-2019
2017-2018 Safety Handbook.pdf2017-2018 Safety Handbook
Two Year Student Outcomes Report 2016-2018.pdfTwo Year Student Outcomes Report 2016-2018


 Mandatory Observation Requirements

PTA Current Clinical Affiliations 2018.pdfPTA Current Clinical Affiliations 2018
PTA  Clinical Observation Form.pdfPTA Clinical Observation Form