SPC PTA Program Objectives

South Plains College Physical Therapist Assistant Program will:

  1. Provide an integrated academic program, in a hybrid on-campus and online format that will lead to licensure to practice as an entry-level physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist.

  2. Provide students enrolled in the technical program  a curriculum that is based on soundethical  practice under the guidelines of the following:

  • South Plains College Associate of Applied Science requirements
  • Executive Council Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE)  licensing requirements
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) evaluative criteria

The basic tenets of the APTA’s “Normative Model of Physical Therapy Education: Version 2007”and “Guide to Physical Therapy Practice”

 Curricular content that is current and teaches the scope of practice of an entry-level physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist.

  1. Provide a current curriculum with periodic input from the PTA Advisory board members, academic faculty, clinical instructors, college administrators, graduates and students.

  2. Provide channels of communication with all stakeholders of the PTA Program to include, but not limited to:

  • Students
  • Faculty and staff
  • PTA Advisory Board members
  • College administrators
  • Other college departments
  • Clinical education sites
  • State and national agencies
  • Accrediting agencies

The community at large

  1. Provide the basis for continuing personal and professional development through life-long learning, membership in a professional organization and the desire to use such development to provide safe and ethical care to patients and in support of personal health practices.


SPC PTA Program Estimated Cost

PTA Student Financial Fact Sheet

College Student Health Insurance

Students in the PTA Program are NOT required to have health insurance, but it is highly recommended.  Here's information about one college student health insurance provider :www.ejsmith.com.

PTA Program Specific Text Book and Supplies

Semester Textbooks Supplies
Spring 1 approx. $500.00

Program Shirts $65
Supply Box $75.00
CPR Certification
CBC/drug screen/Tracker

Summer approx. $225.00  
Fall approx. $265.00 Travel expense associated with clinical rotations-variable***
Spring 2 approx. $85.00

Second CBC/drug screen, finger-printing
Travel expense associated with clinical rotations-variable***

 ***Students admitted to the Program complete 1 full-time [3 weeks, Monday-Friday] clinical experience in the beginning of the Fall semester and 2 full-time clinical experiences [7 Weeks each, Monday-Friday] in the Spring semester of the second year. Due to the limited number of clinical sites in Levelland, Texas, students will be expected to attend clinical sites in surrounding areas. Students are expected to attend 1 clinical site that is not "local" (i.e. in Lubbock or Levelland - a 90-mile radius around Lubbock is considered to be local).

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