Mar 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 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. Students must complete all prerequisites prior to starting the PTA program. All required courses - prerequisites and core courses - must be completed with a C or better. For additional information about the PTA program please call 505-566-3562 or email  us at:

All science classes must be current within five years.

Total Prerequisite: 25-26

Total Core Courses: 49

Total Program Credits: 74-75


* BIOL 112  is a prerequisite to PTAP 116 . BIOL-252 Human Anatomy & Physiology I  and BIOL-253 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  may be accepted in place of BIOL 112  only with the PTA program director’s permission.

**ENGL 118  may be accepted in place of ENGL 111  only with the PTA director’s permission. ENGL 111  is a prerequisite for ENGL 211 . ENGL 111   or ENGL 118  is a prerequisite to ENGL 218 .

Suggested Course Sequence 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.

Suggested Course Sequence Online Students:

Students in the online program are considered part-time students. The sequence for the prerequisite courses (Fall 1 through Fall 2 below) is suggested. The sequence for the PTAP courses (Spring 2 through Fall 4) is required.

Students who for any reason are unable to follow the suggested course sequence should contact an academic advisor for help with adjustments.

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