Physical Therapist Assistant student walking with a patient at the Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic.

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Workforce Development

Classes offered at following campus(es)

  • Metro

Contact Information:

(918) 595-7002
909 S. Boston Tulsa OK 74119
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A physical therapist assistant helps patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses, regain movement and manage pain. PTAs assist in the treatment of individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes.

The physical therapist assistant is a technically educated health care provider who assists the physical therapist in the provision of physical therapy. The physical therapist assistant may perform procedures and related tasks that have been selected and delegated by the supervising physical therapist. To further investigate the role of the physical therapist assistant, contact the American Physical Therapy Association at www.apta.org. 

Physical therapist assistants are in high demand across the health care industry, with growth projected at a much faster rate than other occupations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for physical therapist assistants is expected to grow by 41 percent from 2014 to 2024.

TCC's 5-term program

TCC offers a five-term Physical Therapist Assistant Program accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. As a graduate of our Physical Therapist Assistant program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be eligible to apply for the National Physical Therapy Examination for the physical therapist assistant.

Successful completion of our program requires that you perform at a “C” level or better in all of your physical therapist assistant courses. If you want to explore the role of the physical therapist assistant, contact the American Physical Therapy Association at www.apta.org.

Certain conditions may prevent you from taking the licensure examination. If you have been convicted of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude or have a drug problem, you may wish to contact the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, (405) 848-6841, for clarification.

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 you work. The graduate of this program is eligible receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and may apply for the National Physical Therapy Examination for the physical therapist assistant. Individuals who have been convicted of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude, or who have had a drug problem, may not be permitted to take the licensure examination. If any of these circumstances exist, you may wish to contact the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, (405)-848-6841 for clarification.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Tulsa Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org

New class begins each August

TCC’s 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.

Visit the Nate Waters Physical Therapy Clinic's website for more information on the TCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Procedure for Application:

  1. Applications are available through tulsacc.edu/healthscienceapply. For more information contact the Allied Health department office at (918) 595-7002.
  2. Submit completed program application form and required materials by December 1 to the Allied Health Department located in the Alfred M. Philips Building, MP 458, 909 S. Boston Ave, Tulsa OK 74119.
  3. All prospective Physical Therapist Assistant program students must complete an application for enrolment to the college, submit their high school transcripts, ACT scores and previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus registrar at 909 S. Boston, Ave., Tulsa OK 74119. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
  4. Acceptance to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.
  5. Eligible applicants to be interviewed for consideration for admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be notified by email to their TCC email address. All interviewed applicants will be notified regarding their selection status.
  6. In order to enroll in courses that include a clinical component and are part of the program degree plan, students must receive clearance on a criminal background check, including sex offender registry. Potential students need to be aware that drug testing and clearance is a requirement for participation in all clinical components.

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General Education Requirements: 19 Hours

Biology 4 hours

º**BIOL 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology

English 6 hours

*ENGL 1113 Composition I

and select 3 credit hours from the following:
*ENGL 1213 Composition II
*ENGL 2333 Technical / Professional Writing

Psychology 3 hours

PSYC 1113 Introduction to Psychology

Social Science 6 hours

POLS 1113 American Federal Government

and select one course from the following:
HIST 1483 U.S. History 1492 to Civil War Era
HIST 1493 U.S. History Civil War Era to Present

*Course has prerequisite.
**Student may substitute BIOL 2154 and BIOL 2134 for BIOL 1314.
ºCourse must be completed with a grade of C or above.

Specialized Course Requirements: 49 Hours

Allied Health 3 hours

ºALDH 1323 Medical Terminology

Physical Therapist Assistant 46 hours

º*PHTA 1203 Anatomy and Physiology for PTAs
º*PHTA 1242 Human Growth and Development
º*PHTA 1303 Introduction to Physical Therapy
º*PHTA 1211 Clinical Orientation
º*PHTA 1221 Clinical Practice I
º*PHTA 1363 Kinesiology for PTA’s
º*PHTA 1383 Pathophysiology for PTAs
º*PHTA 1392 Clinical Procedures I
º*PHTA 2113 Rehabilitation
º*PHTA 2343 Clinical Procedures II
º*PHTA 2373 Therapeutic Exercise I
º*PHTA 2383 Therapeutic Exercise II
º*PHTA 2432 Clinical Practice II
º*PHTA 2442 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy
º*PHTA 2486 Clinical Practice III
º*PHTA 2543 Neuroscience
º*PHTA 2522 Special Studies in Clinical Practice
º*PHTA 2551 Pharmacology for PTAs

Total Credit Hours: 68

*Course has prerequisite.
ºCourse must be completed with a grade of C or above.

Workforce Development Degree Information

Workforce development degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. They may advance students within their current career positions or open doors to new career opportunities. Coursework may apply towards a degree at a four-year university; check with an advisor for further information. The number of hours that apply to a degree will vary from one university to another.

GRADUATION YEAR (AUGUST GRADUATION)

GRADUATION RATE

% COHORT LICENSURE PASS RATE NPTAE

% COHORT EMPLOYED WITHIN 6 MONTHS

2013

93.9%

100%

96%

2014

78.1%

96%

92%

2015

96.8%

96.7%

97%

2016

91.4%

87.5%

96%

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