Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The Profession

PTA logo The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a physical therapist. The duties include assisting the physical therapist in implementing treatment programs according to a plan of care. The PTA trains patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducts treatments using special equipment, administers modalities and other treatment procedures and reports to the physical therapist on the patients’ response.

Employment

Physical Therapist Assistants are employed in all types of health care facilities and clinics as well as home health, public schools and educational organizations. They may also have their own individual practice. Starting salaries vary considerably depending on type of facility.

Curriculum/Accreditation

The Associate in Applied Science degree for the Physical Therapist Assistant is offered through the Southwestern Oklahoma State University Sayre Campus. Courses for the program are conducted by the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center (CKTC) in Fort Cobb and SWOSU at Weatherford and Sayre. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Student outcomes and other information can be found at www.caddokiowa.com/pta

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must first meet SWOSU Sayre campus admission standards. They may make application to attend SWOSU either at the Sayre or Weatherford campus. The General Education and Technical Occupational Support courses may be taken at SWOSU Sayre or Weatherford. Prerequisite courses from other accredited institutions may be transferred for acceptance into the program.

A separate application is required for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant – Technical Occupational Specialty program at the CKTC, Fort Cobb, OK. Application for this program is now available on our website and must be completed by April 1st and submitted to:

Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Marion Prichard
100 Campus Drive
Weatherford, OK 73096

Admission to this portion of the program will be very competitive and will be based on grade point averages, interviews, references, experience, and other evidence of potential success for the Program. Admission to SWOSU does not guarantee admission to this portion of the PTA program, although applicants are awarded 1 point per technical support course prerequisite taken at SWOSU for up to 5 points. All technical support courses must have been taken within the past seven years from the date of application. Admissions are limited to the top 14 students. based on grade point averages, interviews, references, experience, and other evidence of potential success for the program. Admission to SWOSU does not guarantee admission to this portion of the PTA Program. Admissions are limited to the top 14 students.

SWOSU Physical Therapist Assistant Program

General Education - 17-18 hours

(Must be completed before admission to the Technical Occupational Specialty Program at Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center)

1063 United States History
1113 English Comp I
1103 American Government and Politics
1143 Math Concepts or 1613 College Algebra
1213 English Comp II
1003 General Psychology

Technical Occupational Support Courses - 17-18 Hours

(Must be completed before admission to the Technical Occupational Specialty Program at Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center)

1004 and 1004L Biological Concepts and Lab
2104 and 2104L Human Anatomy and Lab
2304 and 2304L Human Physiology and Lab 
or 4234 and 4234L Exercise Physiology
2453 Medical Terminology
2212 Basic CPR and First Aid
2 Hours of Electives

Suggested Electives

2502 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
3443 Kinesiology and Anatomy
4173 Recreation for Geriatrics
4243 Therapeutic and Prescriptive Physical Education
4432 Athletic Training Modalities

Technical Occupational Specialty – 29 Hours

(Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center)

Fall Spring
1012 Introduction to PTA
1023 Basic Human Needs
1224 Therapeutic Exercise I
1213 Pain Management I
2032 Practicum I
1113 Threats to Basic Needs
2013 Pain Management II
2024 Therapeutic Exercise II
2113 PTA System/Problems
2132 Practicum II

Contact

Shirley Venable, Admin. Assistant
SWOSU - Weatherford
SCI 206 | (580)-774-3249
shirley.venable@swosu.edu

Marion Prichard, Associate Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences
SWOSU - Weatherford
S-206A | (580) 774-3079
marion.prichard@swosu.edu

Jy Bass, M.Ed., PTA, ATC
Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
SWOSU/Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center
P.O. Box 190, Fort Cobb, OK 73038
(405) 643-3268
jbass@caddokiowa.com