The Physical Therapist Assistant Program (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 patient's responses. Graduates of the program are qualified to sit for the licensing examination given by the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. Once licensed, the PTA may become involved in any number of specialties such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, acute care, rehabilitation, and teaching. Starting salaries vary considerably depending on the type of facility.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is offered cooperatively between Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Caddo Kiowa Technology Center. General education courses are taught at SWOSU-Sayre while all technical occupational specialty courses are conducted at Caddo Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb. Upon completion of the two-year program, the student will be awarded the Associate in Applied Science Degree by SWOSU-Sayre.