Del Mar College

General Program Description

The Program is a 2 year integrated course of study, requiring 5 semesters. Students are in class the first and second semesters 16-18 hours a week, and the 3rd through 5th semesters 30-40 hours a week. The purpose of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Del Mar College is to prepare skilled health care workers to perform certain physical therapy procedures and related tasks under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Clinical Experiences

Practical general training and experiences in physical therapy settings such as hospital, clinic, nursing home, school system. The Summer Practicum is in the second summer session, part-time on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday occurring in the third semester of the Program. The Fall Practicum consists of two clinical rotations, part-time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday occurring during the fourth semester. The Spring Practicum consists of two clinical rotations, full-time Monday through Friday in the last semester of the Program. The Program has over 50 clinical affiliations in South Texas and throughout Texas such as Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston. It is desirable to prospective students to be bilingual in English and Spanish as a large number of Hispanic patients are served by the clinical facilities.


Janice Spigner, PT, MHS, and Luke Markert, PTA, AAS, BS; 4 Adjunct Instructors.


The PTA Program accepts 22 students per year in the fall semester with a July 15th deadline. The Program can accept up to 24 students in each class (1st and 2nd year), 2 slots are left open in each class, for transfer students or students applying for re-admission.


Students entering the PTA Program must have a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average. Also, 30 hours of observation in 3 physical therapy settings is required; work as a Physical Therapy Tech/Aide will substitute for the observation requirement. Admission criteria is based on cumulative grade point average, grades made in any college classes that apply to the PTA Degree plan, and score on the Health Occupations Basic Entrance Test. Students are ranked, and the top 22 are accepted into the Program each Fall semester.


Graduation rate is at 90.9% for a 3 year average (2011, 2012, 2013); 90.9% of students that entered the Program finished the Program in 2011, 2012, and 2013. 98% of the graduates passed the licensure exam (2011, 2012, 2013). 100% of those program graduates responding to survey are employed within 6 months of obtaining a license (2011, 2012, 2013).

Tuition, fees and financial aid

Financial information regarding tuition, fees, payment, refunds, and financial assistance is located in the Del Mar College Catalog. Eligibility, application, and key dates are included. Types of financial aid include grants, scholarships, and loans. The Financial Aid Specialist provides assistance to both incoming and enrolled students. Financial assistance from the Financial Aid Specialist is available by appointment on the West Campus. Student grant/loan programs are available in certain area medical facilities. The Program Director may be contacted for further information on scholarships and grants. More than 50% of the student body receives financial aid.

Student life

The Del Mar College PTA Program prides itself in service to the college and the community. The Program consistently offers service oriented educational opportunities to the public to learn about themselves and to learn how physical therapy could benefit them. The Program has one of the most active Advisory committees at Del Mar College which is very proactive in its efforts to serve the community, students and college. Del Mar College is a learning-centered two-year community college in Corpus Christi, Texas. Founded in 1935, the College’s enrollment is over 24,000 credit and non-credit students each year. Additionally, Del Mar is ranked among the top ten percent of community colleges in the nation granting associate degrees to Hispanic students, has a high rate of academic success in terms of transfers to 4-year institutions, and a high rate of occupational success. Throughout its long history, Del Mar College has helped over 500,000 area residents achieve their educational, career, and personal goals. Del Mar College is located in the heart of Corpus Christi, Texas, a friendly, multi-cultural city. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, the city features tropical scenery, un-crowded beaches, and a warm, comfortable climate. Nestled behind the barrier islands of Mustang and Padre, Corpus Christi is the gateway to Padre Island National Seashore, a short 15 minute drive from downtown. The Isles of Texas is a popular summer weekend getaway and vacation destination and a sunny haven for Midwesterners and Canadians during the cooler winter months. Corpus Christi is located approximately 130 miles from San Antonio and 200 miles from Austin on I-37 and I-35. Houston is about a 3.5 hour drive on US-77 and US-59. Corpus Christi to Mexico via Brownsville is approximately 160 miles and via Laredo is about 144 miles. Corpus Christi is served by Corpus Christi International Airport. With an average temperature of 71.2 degrees, Corpus Christi is a year-round outdoor recreation haven. In addition to fishing (bay and offshore), outdoor tennis, sailing, golf, and windsurfing are popular pastimes. Winter-time temperatures in the 70s and 80s are common in the Isles of Texas, which contributes to the growing number of “Winter Texans” who flock to Corpus Christi during the winter months. The Isles of Texas is home to several singular attractions including the USS Lexington, and the Texas State Aquarium. Padre Island National Seashore boasts over 130 miles of top-ranked beaches, while Padre Island features Big Shell and Little Shell Beaches which are famous for great shelling and Seagull Park, a perfect site for picnicking families. Corpus Christi began as a frontier trading post, founded in 1838-39 by Colonel Henry Lawrence Kinney, an adventurer, impresario and colonizer. The small settlement was called Kinney’s Trading Post, or Kinney’s Ranch. It remained an obscure settlement until July 1845, when U.S. troops under General Zachary Taylor set up camp here in preparation for war with Mexico. The Army remained until March 1846, when it marched southward to the Rio Grande to enforce it as the southern border of the United States. Corpus Christi and vicinity population is 500,000 and is the largest city on the Texas coast.

School Specialties

Physiotherapy/Doctor of Physical Therapy/Medical/3 Year PT Program/Rehab Sciences/DPT Programs/Physical Therapy Education/Physical Therapy Assistant Program/Health Care Pathway Programs/General Ortho

Source: Physical Therapist