Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate of Applied Science

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program prepares students to serve as an essential member of the PT team in a variety of health care settings. PTAs help PTs assess a client’s physical abilities, work with them to create a treatment plan and guide clients through rehabilitative exercises. PTAs might also perform routine data collection, organize clients’ records or instruct clients’ families on how to care for their loved ones. The required coursework features lecture, laboratory and clinical education units. Clinical experience gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to function in the health care delivery system under the supervision of a physical therapist. The PTA Program requires a separate application in addition to the application for general admission to OTC. A new class begins each spring semester and graduates in May of the following year. To view application details, visit Graduates can immediately seek licensure and apply to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE).

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Help their clients overcome debilitating injuries
Help develop treatment plans
Provide clients with professional, hands-on care
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 5.3 Years
Credits: 71*
Average Salary: $54,110*
Graduation Retention Rate: 95%*

Possible Careers

Physical therapist assistant
In-home healthcare worker
Extended care worker
Rehabilitation manager
Athletic trainer
Physical therapist

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Niki Wallen
PTA Program Director


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