Houston's population explosion, along with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the presence of the Texas Medical Center, a large cohort of aging baby boomers, and an aging workforce are impacting growth as well as demand for more people in health care. San Jacinto College is working on a new program with UTMB that reflects the growing demand for trained medical professionals. "UTMB is looking to begin a physical therapy assistant-to-doctorate of physical therapy program, and we'll be providing a pipeline of students into that program," said the San Jacinto College dean of natural sciences and health sciences. "We're excited about offering students the opportunity to go from an associate degree directly to earning their doctorate, which is now required of all new physical therapists."