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 otc.edu/alliedhealth. 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.