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Physical Therapist Assistant Program

San Juan College PTA Program Goals and Objectives

  1. Provide an integrated academic program, in an 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 sound problem-based practice under the guidelines of the following:
    • San Juan College Associate of Applied Science requirements
    • New Mexico State Board of Physical Therapy 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”.
    • The APTA’s “Guide to Physical Therapy Practice”
    The curricular content will remain current and will teach the scope of practice of an entry-level physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist.
  3. Provide a current curriculum with periodic input from the PTA Advisory board members, academic faculty, clinical instructors, college administrators, graduates and students.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

For more information, please call Sandra Sorrelhorse at 505-566-3562. Or send an email to