Physical Therapist Assistant
What to Expect from a Physical Therapist Assistant
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) are educated and licensed clinicians that work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to improve your mobility and help you move forward.
PTAs must complete rigorous academic and clinical education associate degree programs; pass a national licensure examination; and be licensed or certified by the states in which they work (the exception is Hawaii, where there is no licensure/certification for PTAs).
Working closely with the physical therapist, they may provide components of your care such as therapeutic exercise, functional training, deep soft tissue massage, and physical modalities such as electrotherapy and ultrasound. PTAs may also provide instruction in exercise, proper body mechanics, and other injury prevention and wellness topics.
PTAs work with physical therapists to treat patients of all ages who have medical problems or other conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. They work in all settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program admits a new class each year beginning in August. Each new class or cohort is limited to 35 students. The Physical Therapist Assistant courses are offered in the daytime only and will take a total of five semesters to complete.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Tulsa Community College is accredited by:
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
The graduates of this program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to apply for the licensure examination in Oklahoma or any other state of their choosing. Questions regarding the licensure examination should be directed to the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision at 405.848.6841.