Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant program integrates classroom theory with clinical lab practice. It is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field as Physical Therapist Assistants. The Physical Therapist Assistant is an educated health care provider who works under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist and assists in the provision of physical therapy. The Physical Therapist Assistant provides specially prescribed treatments and exercises through a plan of care developed by the physical therapist that are aimed at improving mobility; relieving pain; or preventing and /or limiting physical disability.

Prior to admission to the technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, students must complete a platform of 28 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must hold a current CPR for Health Care Providers certification prior to the first day of class. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the technical phase of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org.

Students who are pursuing a program of study where admission is limited (Cardiovascular Technology, Cosmetology, Medical Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Paramedic/Emergency Medical Services, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing), will be assigned a major of Associate of General Studies until admitted into their selected program.

Students are advised that the Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) is strenuous in nature.  Students are therefore not allowed to take additional course work that is not directly related to their degree plan while in the PTA Program.  If a student has completed all general education course requirements prior to entering the program, the student may not have a full load of twelve credit hours or more (which could affect financial aid eligibility).  The PTA Program is very intense and requires approximately 30-36 hours per week of theory /lab/fieldwork.  This does not include prep or study time.  The hours ascribed to each semester while in the PTA Program are considered by the program to be full time.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

(69 Semester Credit Hours)

  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    BST 1303 or CIS 1113 Introduction to Computers or Fundamental Computer Operation 
    ENGL 1013  Composition I 
    HSCI 1113  Medical Terminology 
    HSCI 1123  Human Anatomical Structure I  3
    MATH 1003
    MATH 1113 
    College Mathematics or College Algebra 
    Total Hours   15 
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    BIOL 1014 or PHSC 1013 and PHSC 1021  Introduction to Biological Science or Introduction to Physical Science
    and Introduction to Physical Science Lab
    ENGL 1023 Composition II 
    HSCI 1243  Human Anatomical Structure II (prerequisite: HSCI 1123) 
    PSY 2003  General Psychology 
    Total Hours   13 

    Students must apply to and be admitted into the technical phase of the program before taking any of the PTA courses below.

  •  Summer - May 9 - August 5, 2016
    Course # Course Name Hours
    PTA 1121  Clinical Kinesiology Lab (co-requisite: PTA 1122) 
    PTA 1122  Clinical Kinesiology (co-requisite: PTA 1121) 
    PTA 1241  Principles of Physical Therapy Lab (co-requisite: PTA 1243) 
    PTA 1243  Principles of Physical Therapy  (co-requisite: PTA 1241) 
    PTA 1251  Data Collection in Physical Therapy Lab 
    PTA 2122 Therapeutic Procedures Lab (co-requisite: PTA 2123)
    PTA 2123  Therapeutic Procedures (co-requisite: PTA 2122) 
    Total Hours   13 
  •  Fall
    Course # Course Name Hours
    PTA 1132  Pathological Conditions  2
    PTA 2121  Neurological Development and Motor Control
    PTA 2142  Therapeutic Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Lab  (co-requisite: PTA 2143) 
    PTA 2143  Therapeutic Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (co-requisite: PTA 2142) 
    PTA 2164  Clinical Experience I 
    PTA 2211 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Lab (co-requisite: PTA 2212) 1
    PTA 2212 Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (co-requisite: PTA 2211) 
    Total Hours   15 
  •  Spring
    Course # Course Name Hours
    PTA 2151  Administrative Procedures
    PTA 2221  Neurological Rehabilitation Lab
    (co-requisite: PTA 2222) 
    PTA 2222  Neurological Rehabilitation
    (co-requisite: PTA 2221) 
    PTA 2234  Clinical Experience II (prerequisite: PTA 2164) 
    PTA 2235  Clinical Experience III
    (prerequisite: PTA 2234) 
    Total Hours   13