Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Overview

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare graduates to practice as an assistant to a Physical Therapist in a variety of healthcare settings. Graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National licensing exam. The limited and selective admission phase of the program begins in Semester III after successful completion of the required general education courses. The selective admission phase of the program includes didactic and laboratory coursework, as well as supervised clinical education experiences, to prepare graduates to function in the health care delivery system under the supervision of a Physical Therapist.

Students may take the "Program Specific Courses" only if they have been admitted into the program. A separate application process is required for acceptance into this program. A new class begins each spring semester. The application deadline for the program is September 1. Contact the Allied Health Office at 417-447-8954 for an application packet.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program of Ozarks Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association. For further information on accreditation contact:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education / APTA, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488 (703) 684-2782

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