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Physical Therapist Assistant

The Profession

The PTA works under the supervision of a Physical Therapist. The duties include assisting the Physical Therapist in implementing treatment programs according to 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 response.


Admission Requirements

Students Seeking admission to the PTA program must first meet Southwestern Oklahoma State University Sayre Campus admission standards. They may make application to attend SWOSU either at the Sayre or Weatherford campuses. 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 PTA - Technical Occupational Specialty program at the CKTC campus in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. Applications for this program are available from CKTC by mail for a fee of $5, or can be downloaded for free.

Application must be completed and returned by April 1.

Applications must be mailed to

Marion Prichard
Program Coordinator

SWOSU - Weatherford
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 in the program.

Admission to SWOSU does not guarantee admission to this portion of the PTA prgram, 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 7 years for the date of application. Admissions are limited to the top 16 students.



Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245;


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PTAs 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 considerable depending on type of facility.

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Application and Requirements

The application deadline is April 1. Interviews are in May and classes begin in August.

Enrollment is limited to 16 students.

All students accepted into the program will be required to pass a drug screen and criminal background check before participation in Clinical Practicum I. These will be conducted during the first week of class at CKTC.

By Oklahoma State Law, no persons with a felony record will be allowed to acquire/possess a PT or PTA license.

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