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Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Chair
Daniel Curtis
Health Building
(479) 508-3354

Leann Goines

The Physical Therapist Assistant program integrates classroom theory with clinical lab practice. It is designed to prepare successful graduates for entry-level employment in the field as Physical Therapist Assistants. The Physical Therapist Assistant is an educated health care provider who works under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist and assists in the provision of physical therapy. The Physical Therapist Assistant provides specially prescribed treatments and exercises through a plan of care developed by the physical therapist that are aimed at improving mobility; relieving pain; or preventing and /or limiting physical disability.

Prior to admission, students must complete a platform of 28 hours which includes general education and medical courses. Students must submit an application to the program and meet entrance requirements for acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

*The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: Candidacy for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation staus of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

Physical Therapist

Curriculum in Physical Therapist Assistant
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant (Pending Approval)

Course Number Course Name Semester Hours
BUS 2213 Introduction to Human Anatomy 3
BUS 2233 Medical Terminology 3
BUS 1303
COMS 1003
COMS 2003
Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computer Based Systems

Microcomputer Applications
ENGL 1013 Composition I 3
MATH 1113 College Algebra 3
Total 15
BUS 2283 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
ENGL 1023 Composition II 3
PHSC 1013 Introduction to Physical Science 3
PHSC 1021 Introduction to Physical Science Lab 1
PSY 2003 General Psychology 3
Total 13
Summer I (Extended length term to extend through Summer II)
PTA 1121 Clinical Kinesiology Lab 1
PTA 1122 Clinical Kinesiology 2
PTA 1132 Pathalogical Conditions 2
PTA 1231 Therapeutic Procedures I Lab 1
PTA 1232 Therapeutic Procedures I 2
PTA 1241 Principles of Physical Therapy Lab 1
PTA 1243 Principles of Physical Therapy 3
PTA 1251 Data Collection in Physical Therapy Lab 1
Total 13
PTA 2112 Therapeutic Procedures II Lab 2
PTA 2113 Therapeutic Procedures II 3
PTA 2121 Neurological Development and Motor Control 1
PTA 2142 Therapeutic Ex. and Cardiopulmonary Rehab Lab 2
PTA 2143 Therapeutic Ex. and Cardiopulmonary Rehab 3
PTA 2151 Administrative Procedures 1
PTA 2164 Clinical Experience I 4
Total 16
PTA 2211 Musculoskeletal Rehab Lab 1
PTA 2212 Musculoskeletal Rehab 2
PTA 2221 Neurological Rehab Lab 1
PTA 2222 Neurological Rehab 2
PTA 2234 Clinical Experience II 4
PTA 2235 Clinical Experience III 5
Total 15