May 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
  
2024-2025 Catalog

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.


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 the plan of care. PTAs teach and monitor exercise and functional movement, 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.

Program Notes

Notes: This Technical and Occupational program is designed to prepare students to enter the work 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 check and pre-placement drug testing prior to clinical/fieldwork. More information will be distributed upon acceptance into the respective program. The application link is located in lower right corner on the 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 practicum III. 

Minimum of 69 Credit Hours


Course Grouping


#All PTA and BIO courses (including any PTA Special Topics courses) require a minimum of a “C” grade except the Practicum courses, which require an S grade. Additionally, PTA students must maintain a program GPA of 2.5 to remain in good standing.

Major Courses #


(40 credit hours)

General Education Courses


(18 credit hours)

Life Skills Courses


(1 credit hour)

Support Courses


(10-11 credit hours)

Entry Semester (Summer)


Intercession