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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

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San Juan College has an On-campus PTA Program and an Online PTA Program.  Both programs lead to an Associate of Applied Science Degree.  Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national license exam.  PTAs must be licensed in order to practice in most states.

Each program accepts up to 20 students every year.  The application deadline for both programs is October 1st of each year.  An application packet may be downloaded from  Acceptance into either program is based on the admissions criteria outlined in the program application.  Both PTA programs start in January of each year.  For additional information about the PTA program please call 505-566-3562 or email us at:


  • Students must complete all prerequisites prior to starting the PTA program.
  • All science classes must be current within five years.
  • Student must earn a grade of ‘C’ of higher in all required courses - prerequisites and core coures - to obtain a Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree.

SJC First Year Experience Requirement: 3 Credits

General Education Requirements: 16-17 Credits



* BIOL-1130 /BIOL-1130L  is a prerequisite to PTAP-116 .  BIOL-2210 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 /BIOL-2210L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1  and BIOL-2225 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 /BIOL-2225L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1  may be accepted in place of BIOL-1130 /BIOL-1130L  only with the PTA program director’s permission.

**ENGL-1210  may be accepted in place of ENGL-1110  only with the PTA director’s permission.  ENGL-1110  is a prerequisite for ENGL-1120 . ENGL-1110   or ENGL-1210  is a prerequisite to ENGL-2210  .

Suggested Course Sequence for On-Campus Students:

Students accepted into this selective admission program must follow the required course sequence outlined below in order to remain in and complete the program.

Students who for any reason are unable to follow this course sequence must contact an academic advisor.

Online Program

Students accepted into the Online PTA Program are required to travel to San Juan College for the lab portion of the online courses. Travel is required during 5 consecutive semesters starting with the Spring semester that the student is admitted to the program. Each of these semesters — Spring 2, Summer 2, Spring 3 and Summer 3 of the sequence below — has one lab course. The Fall 3 semester has two lab courses. Students will be required to be at San Juan College campus for approximately 9-16 consecutive days (including weekends) for each lab course. Students are  responsible for any travel costs including transportation and lodging. Online students are also responsible for any additional fees related to obtaining a proctor for the PTAP exams.

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