Physical Therapist Assistant

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a six-term program during which you 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. The program will provide training in evidence-based physical therapy practice with sensitivity to differences in age, gender and cultural background.

The PTA program includes classroom coursework, clinical lab work, and patient simulations to prepare you for three full-time clinical education experiences under the supervision of a clinical instructor. You are expected to be available daily on a full-time basis to accommodate the changing schedules inherent to a program of this nature.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at CNM is an Accredited Program, as defined by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Please read the Accreditation statement below.

Program Admission

The PTA program utilizes a selective admission process which is conducted through the Coordinated Program Entry (CPE) Office. Sixteen students will be accepted each year. Applicants must fill out a Pre-Registration Screening Form to be considered for admission to the program; classes begin in the Fall.

To learn more about the specific requirements for entry into the PTA program including exact dates to submit the Pre-Registration Screening Form, visit the Coordinated Program Entry webpage.  CNM’s Coordinated Program Entry office will implement a lottery selection process when the number of approved pre-registration screened applicants exceeds the available seating capacity.

Student Outcomes Overview

2017 2018 2019 2020
Graduation Rate 90.9% 93.3% 86.6% 93.8%
First Time Pass Rate on NPTE 100% 93.3% 61.5% 100%
Ultimate Pass Rate on NPTE 100% 100% 84.6% 100%
Employed within six Months of Licensing 100% 100% 73.3% 92.9%
Two year graduation rate 90.2%
Two year employment rate 83.1%
Two year licensure pass rate 92.3%

Program Director

Joanna Ehrenborg, DPT, PT
(505) 224-4000 ext. 54397

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education

Lorena Razo, PTA
(505) 224-4000 ext. 53713

Accreditation Statement

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Central New Mexico Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone 703-706-3245; email:; website:

If needing to contact the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Central New Mexico Community College directly, please call Joanna Ehrenborg, DPT, PT at (505) 224-4000 ext. 54397 or email her at

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