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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) help people of all ages with medical issues or health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Among their responsibilities, PTAs teach patients exercises to improve their mobility, strength, and coordination; train patients to walk with crutches, canes, or walkers; and provide patient treatments, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat, cold, and massage.

Blinn College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program focuses on student excellence and service in the classroom, in clinical environments, and in the greater community. Students receive extensive hands-on experience in the Blinn Physical Therapy Lab and in clinical experiences at area physical therapy facilities.

For more information, contact Kelly Yendrey, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director, at kyendrey@blinn.edu or 979-691-2123.

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The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following: CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

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Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Blinn’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year program that instructs students in various treatment procedures, including rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic exercises, and patient training and education.
  • The curriculum contains a strong core of physical therapy classes as well as related general education courses - anatomy and physiology, psychology, medical terminology, and a humanities elective.
  • The program includes lecture and supervised laboratory courses in physical therapy science and procedures as well as clinical experiences. All Physical Therapist Assistant courses must be taken in sequence and can be taken only in the semester listed. All courses listed within the program curriculum must be passed with a grade of 75 or higher, and a 2.5 GPA must be maintained.
  • After completing approximately 63 semester hours, students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and qualify to take the national licensure exam.

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Physical Therapist Assistant
Kelly Yendrey
Program Director
Phone: 979-691-2123

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