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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares the student for employment as a physical therapist assistant. The physical therapist assistant, working under the supervision of a registered physical therapist, assists in the provision of physical therapy services, such as electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, thermotherapy, massage, therapeutic exercise and rehabilitation activities.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax, Alexandria, VA., 1-800-999-APTA) and approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California. Graduates are eligible to take the examination for licensure as a physical therapist assistant.

Additional certification and/or credentialing may be required to obtain employment in the field.

A grade of “C” or better must be maintained in all courses to continue in the program. Course repetition in this program is not permitted. The program is governed by the Allied Health Department Policies.

Eligibility for enrollment in this program is determined by a special admission procedure. Interested persons should call the Special Programs Admissions Clerk in the Admissions Office, 619-388-2684.

NOTE: Current information is for the class of 2017. View class of 2018 requirements here

For more information about the program as well as accreditation information please go to the Physical Therapist Assistant Department page

Statement of Goals

At the completion of the program’s curriculum, the job-ready graduate will be able to work safely and effectively under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Career Options

Employment as physical therapist assistant after passing state-administered national examination.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at San Diego Mesa College is to provide excellence in the education and development of competent physical therapist assistants that provide high quality patient care through evidence based practice to diverse population s and become leaders within the health care community and profession.

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*Required courses for major

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes