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Physical Therapist Assistant


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

Career Majors

Physical Therapist Assistant - 1042 clock hours.*

*Pell Eligible

Approximate CKTC Program Cost

Adult Students - $4850

Who Can Apply?

Adult Students Only

Enrollment limited to 16 students

Prerequisites Required

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the PTA program must first meet Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford Campus admission standards. They may make application to attend SWOSU at the Weatherford campus. Prerequisite courses may be taken at SWOSU Sayre or Weatherford. Prerequisite courses from other accredited institutions may be transferred for acceptance into the program.

In the event of a substitution, the Request to Substitute Prerequisite form will be completed by the PTA Program Director prior to acceptance.

A separate application is required for admission to the PTA - Technical 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.

The application must be completed and returned by April 1.

Applications must be mailed to

Sharon Lawrence
Program Coordinator
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
School of Allied Health - SCI 202 C
100 Campus Drive
Weatherford, OK 73096

Admission to this portion of the program is competitive and 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 program, although applicants are awarded one 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 16 students.

Application Information

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. In Accordance with the Oklahoma Medical Board of Licensure and Supervision, anyone who has been convicted of a felony or of a crime involving moral turpitude will not be eligible for licensure as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Admission will be determined using the following guidelines:

  • Meet SWOSU admission requirements
  • Have a GPA minimum of 2.7 in all college-level work attempted with a minimum grade of C for all prerequisite courses
  • 40 documented observational hours with a PT/PTA
  • Place of residence
  • Reference letters
  • Experience in Health Care Related Field (minimum one year)
  • Results of personal interview
  • All students will be required to pass a drug screen and criminal background check. 

Graduation Rates

  2012 2013 2014  2015
Graduation Rates 93.33% 92.9% 100%     100% 
Licensure Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 93.75% 93.75% 
Employment Rate 100% 92.5% 93.75% 100% 

Accrediting Agency


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

100 Campus Drive
Weatherford, OK 73096


All types of healthcare facilities and clinics employ PTAs, as well as home health, public schools and educational organizations. They may also have an individual practice. Starting salaries vary considerably depending on the type of facility.