Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direction of a licensed physical therapist. Duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to his/her plan of care. PTAs teach and monitor exercise and activities of daily living, conduct treatments using special equipment, administer modalities, and regularly report to the physical therapist on the patient’s responses and progress. Clinical experiences are in physical therapy departments and clinics. Completion of the Associates degree in PTA is required to sit for the licensure exam; our graduates are eligible to meet the requirements of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. The program is accredited by the Commission in Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education which can be found at http://www.capteonline.org.
Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the job force following completion. See Technical and Occupational Programs in the general information section of the catalog. ++Special Admissions Procedures: All Health Professions students are required to submit a nationwide background and pre-placement drug testing prior to clinical/fieldwork. More information will be distributed upon acceptance into your respected program. The application link is located in lower right corner on our web page www.occc.edu/health/pta.
Students must achieve a minimum score of 10 on the CMP3 test or a minimum score of 19 on the Math ACT subsection; and a minimum score of 250 on Next Gen Accuplacer Reading test; and a minimum of 2.5 College GPA, in order to apply to the PTA program. Accuplacer and CMP3 scores are accepted for two years after exam date and ACT math scores are accepted for five years after exam date.
Credentialing: The ability to sit for the licensure exam, to meet the eligibility requirements to practice as a physical therapist assistant, will be approved or denied by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision based on the results of the criminal history investigations. All major, general education and support courses must be completed prior to or concurrently with the final practicum.