Physical Therapist Assistant

2022 PTA Program application information will be updated in August 2021.  

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Click 'View Application Instructions' link below for details.

Communication regarding acceptance will begin via email by June 14, 2021. Emails will be sent to the email address included in the online application.

Confirmation of Acceptance must be returned via email by the date indicated.* 

*Please be sure to respond by the date listed in the email as confirmation of acceptance response times change as the Fall semester approaches.

All applicants will receive an email the first week of July regarding their application status.  Thank you.

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Class of 2016 PTA Graduation Ceremony

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the PTA 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 populations and become leaders within the health care community and profession.

goals for graduates

  1. Select and perform safe and effective interventions within the:
    • PTA scope of practice.
    • Physical therapist’s plan of care.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of California physical therapy laws and regulations.
  3. Demonstrate ethical and professional behaviors consistent with professional standards and practice.
  4. Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, as appropriate for a PTA.
  5. Participate in self-assessment and develop plans to improve knowledge, skills, and behavior as appropriate for a PTA.

Information Sessions

RSVP's are not required for attendance at the one-hour information session. Information sessions are held via the Zoom link below.

Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Dates will be posted by August 2021


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Graduation Rates

2019    84.6%

2020    95.2%


The program is challenging and full-time commitment to the program is recommended.

Licensure Examination Pass Rate

2019  First time Pass Rate - 95%, Ultimate Pass Rate - 100%
2020  First Time Pass RAte - 81%, Ultimate Pass Rate - 85.7%

Employment Rate

95% of our graduates in 2018 and 2019 sought employment after passing the licensure exam and succeeded.



The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at San Diego Mesa College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Amanda Johnston 619-388-2229 or email .

Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California

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