Physical Therapy Assistant
Physical Therapist Assistant

Welcome to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program



The Physical Therapist Assistant plays an important role in the profession of physical therapy.  The Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of a physical therapist to assist in the treatment of individuals suffering from disease or injury by relieving pain, restoring movement and improving function. The Physical Therapist Assistant works with other healthcare team members to ensure each individual is functioning at their maximum potential within society.



The PTA Program at Laredo 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 Dr. Esmeralda Vargas at 956-721-5262 or email  


 CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at


Program Outcomes


Program Graduation Rates 


Year Number Accepted Number Admitted Completed the Program Graduation Rate *
     2021      14 14 9 69%
        2019         23 18 15 83.3%
2018 18 18 14 82.3%
2017 19 18 14 82.3%

*Graduation rate reflects the number of students that exited due to academic reasons


Graduate PTA Licensure Exam Pass Rate and Employment Rates


  2020 2019 2018 2017
First-time test takers 100% 100% 100% 100%
Ultimate licensure pass rates 100% 100% 100% 100%
Employed within 12 months of passing licensure exam 100% 100% 100%


Community members may submit concerns or complaints about Laredo College's PTA Program, faculty, students, or program graduates.  Comments must be submitted by completing the Complaint Referral Form.  Completed forms should be emailed to Dr. Esmeralda Vargas, PTA Program Director at
Complaints regarding accreditation of this program and CAPTE itself should be address to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  For further information, refer to File a Complaint with CAPTE.

*Neither the Board nor any College employee shall unlawfully retaliate against any member of the general public for bringing a concern or complaint.