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Physical Therapist Assistant

Important Information: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is currently not accepting applications. Please continue to consult this website for updates including the admission requirements and application process. Anticipated entry of first PTA class is fall 2016 for students who have completed all the general education core required courses.

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a six-term program during which the student will attain the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors necessary for employment as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Physical therapist assistants work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.


Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; (703) 706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Central New Mexico Community College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Please check with an academic advisor for more information.