Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant  Associate degree | atu ozark

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.

Students are advised that the Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) is strenuous in nature.  Students are therefore not allowed to take additional course work that is not directly related to their degree plan while in the PTA Program. If a student has completed all general education course requirements prior to entering the program, the student may not have a full load of twelve credit hours or more (which could affect financial aid eligibility). The PTA Program is intense and requires approximately 30-36 hours per week of theory /lab/fieldwork. This does not include prep or study time. The hours ascribed to each semester while in the PTA Program are considered by the program to be full time.

 

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Guest lecturers and guest participants visit students for lecture and demonstration.
  • Students have three clinicals required in the program.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Communicate an understanding of treatment goals and intended outcomes as developed by the physical therapist.
  • Communicate verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel and others in an effective, appropriate and capable manner.
  • Demonstrate conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of society and members of the physical therapy profession.
  • Implement selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by a physical therapist in a safe, legal and ethical manner under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
  • Modify interventions within the plan of care developed by the physical therapist in response to the patient's clinical indications and report the modifications to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Perform components of data collection skills essential for implementing the plan of care developed by the physical therapist.
  • Provide instruction to patients and caregivers in order to achieve outcomes based on the plan of care developed by the supervising physical therapist.
  • Recognize individual and cultural differences and respond appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  • Recognize when an intervention within the plan of care developed by the physical therapist should not be provided due to changes in the patient's status and report this to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Recognize when the direction to perform an intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for a physical therapist assistant and initiates clarification with the supervising physical therapist.
  • Report any changes in the patient's status to the supervising physical therapist.

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility

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You could work as a(n):

  • PTA at an extended care facility
  • PTA at an outpatient clinic
  • PTA at a hospital

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Coulter Physical Therapy
  • Holly Street Physical Therapy
  • Johnson Regional Medical Center
  • Ozark Physical Therapy in Clinton, AR

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Ph.D. in Physical Therapy
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Point of Pride

Over 90% of our PTA students typically pass the national board exam.

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Additional Program Information

Program applications accepted between October 1 and March 1

March 1: pta program application deadline!

ONLINE PROGRAM APPLICATION

IMPORTANT: Additional Documents Required for Online Application

PROGRAM APPLICATION- PAPER

 
Goals, Objectives & Graduation/Employment Rates
Mission & Philosophy
CAS Forms
CAS Online Application
Observation Hours | Application Form
Clinical Participation Requirement Agreement | Application Form
Essential Functions of PTA | Application Form 
 


TEAS TEST INFORMATION
 

Upcoming Atu- ozark campus TEAS test dates

*Click the TEAS Test Information button above for more info. TEAS tests will be held in the Health Sciences and Wellness building, room 117.
*Open TEAS tests are available for anyone to take; Closed TEAS tests reserve one spot each for programapplicants only.
*Program applicants will receive an email with information regarding the Closed TEAS test after the application deadline.

Summer Open TEAS Tests

Friday, July 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Friday, July 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

How to Create a Student Account for the TEAS Test
How to Register for the TEAS Test


ACCREDITATION

Accreditation



CONTACT

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6503
alliedhealth@atu.edu

Graduation RATE

*Graduation rates must be at least 60% and averaged over two years.


2022-23: 94%
2021-22: 94%

Two-year average: 94%

*Percentages required by program accrediting body.

ULTIMATE PASS RATE

*Ultimate Pass rates must be at least 85% and averaged over two years. 


2022-23: 82%
2021-22: 88%

Two-year average: 85%

*Percentages required by program accrediting body.

1st Time Pass Rate






2022-23: 64%
2021-22: 83%

Two-year average: 73%

*Percentages required by program accrediting body.

EMPLOYMENT RATE

*Employment rates must be at least 90% and averaged over two years


2022-23: 100% 
2021-22: 100% 

Two-year average: 100%

*Percentages required by program accrediting body.

 

Program Faculty

Mandy Overbey

Dr. Amanda Overbey PT, DPT
Program Director

Health Sciences and  Wellness Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-3354 ext 6251
aoverbey1@atu.edu

Joey 

Jonathan Brown
Instructor

Health Sciences and Wellness Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext. 6250
jbrown87@atu.edu