Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

Application deadline - September 1

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is offered at the OTC Richwood Valley campus, located on Highway 14, approximately 1.5 miles west of Highway 65, at 3369 W. Jackson St., Ozark, MO 65721.

NOTE:  NEW ADMISSION REQUIREMENT FOR PTA PROGRAM APPLICANTS -- EFFECTIVE FOR APPLICANTS TO THE CLASS OF 2017 (SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 DEADLINE) - see "Student Checklist" admission information below.

The OTC Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare graduates to meet state requirements to practice as an assistant to a Physical Therapist in a variety of healthcare settings. Physical Therapist Assistants have the rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of people with healthcare problems arising from injury or disease. Working under the supervision of a Physical Therapist, the Physical Therapist Assistant participates in the client's recovery and return to a more functional lifestyle. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the employment outlook for PTAs is expected to increase much faster than average for all occupations.

 

The OTC Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to:

  • provide appropriate interventions based upon the plan of care
  • assist the physical therapist with data collection
  • communicate and work cooperatively with the physical therapist
  • document patient interventions
  • interact with patients and their families
  • participate with the physical therapist in teaching other health care providers

The OTC PTA faculty support the American Physical Therapy Association and believe that instilling values of professional membership is one of the duties to the profession. Therefore, all PTA faculty and students are members of the APTA and discover the value of APTA membership. The OTC PTA program is proud to support the Reach 100 Student Membership Challenge.

All applicants are encouraged to attend a physical therapist assistant advising session, to learn what is required prior to the application process. Physical therapist assistant advising sessions are offered frequently and no appointment is necessary.

Questions that cannot be answered via the provided links should be emailed to crockerr@otc.edu or contact the Allied Health office in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC campus, (417) 447-8803, 447-8954 and 447-8804.

 

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Physical Therapist Assistant - Required Courses

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