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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapy helps people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis or fractures; neurologic conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or Parkinson's disease; skin and soft tissue injuries such as burns or wounds; cardiopulmonary conditions such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and other conditions including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries. The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Weatherford College leads to an associate in applied science degree and encompasses a two-year course of study. The program is designed to prepare the graduate to work under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Weatherford College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to provide students with an educational experience that prepares them to become responsible, effective, productive members of the health care community and society at large.


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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Weatherford College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Cindy Lavine 817-598-8873 or email


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is committed to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. We exist to provide the finest education possible to students but as part of our commitment to our profession, we also maintain the patient as our primary focus. To this end, we are committed to prepare the students to become as proficient in respecting and preserving each patient’s personal dignity as in providing the technical skills of physical therapy.


In accordance with its mission and philosophy, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program strives o achieve the following goals:

  • to provide a curriculum that includes effective theoretical, didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction;
  • to ensure that program content is consistent with prevailing standards in the profession of physical therapy;
  • to graduate physical therapist assistants who competently, safely, effectively, and efficiently function within the scope of practice as defined by the profession and licensure requirements;
  • to graduate physical therapist assistants who are sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of each individual patient.

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Educational Outcomes

Graduates of the Weatherford College Physical Therapist Assistant Program will demonstrate:

1.  Professional behaviors consistent with accepted standards within the physical therapy
     a.  Legal, ethical and safe practice
     b.  Effective, respectful interaction and communication
     c.  Critical thinking and problem solving based on best current knowledge

2.  Data collection skills necessary for implementation of the plan of care:
     a.  History and chart review
     b.  Patient/client observation
     c.  Performance of standard tests and measures

3.  Intervention skills appropriate to the plan of care established by the physical therapist:
     a.  Application of physical agents and therapeutic massage
     b.  Manual and mechanical exercise techniques
     c.  Functional training
     d.  Wound management
     e.  Patient/client instruction
     f.   Progression and modification within the plan of care

For more information, contact the PTA Program Director, Cindy Lavine by You may also contact the PTA department by phone 817-598-6348. 

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If you have a complaint regarding the PTA program please contact the Program Director, Cindy Lavine at 817-598-8873 or by email at Complaints from clinical or physical therapy practice settings or any other individual made to the PTA Program will be addressed on an individual basis. Initially, an attempt will be made to handle the complaint through informal conferences with the appropriate program personnel. Written documentation will be made of the conference and the resolution by program personnel. If the informal conference fails to resolve the issue, the complainant will be informed he/she can pursue filing a formal complaint and provided with a copy of Board Policy GB (LOCAL). If you wish to make a complaint outside of the PTA program director, you may contact Kathy Boswell, Dean, Health and Human Sciences at 817-598-6216 or by email at kboswell@wc.eduRetaliation against anyone involved in the complaint process is a violation of the College policy and is prohibited. 

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