Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant Degrees From Oklahoma City Community College

Become a compassionate and ethical healthcare practitioner in this in-demand program.

  • Overview

    A physical therapist assistant (PTA) provides quality patient care under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. In this career, you help patients improve patients’ overall function using the knowledge, skills and effective communication you learn in the Oklahoma City Community College physical therapist assistant program.

    It’s a profession that requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills and physical strength of your own, as well as personal flexibility. But it’s also a career that is in high demand – with the Baby Boomer generation aging and America’s soldiers returning home from wars overseas. You could find yourself working in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes and sports facilities.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in applied science in the physical therapist assistant program. This program gives you the opportunity to take your basic general education courses, major courses and clinical practicums within six semesters.

    After graduation, you will have met the requirements and be qualified to sit for the licensure examination of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. The physical therapist assistant program at OCCC is a technical/occupational program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.

    Are you ready to start your career in helping others get moving in the right direction? Complete an online community college admissions application today!

  • Overview

    A physical therapist assistant (PTA) provides quality patient care under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. In this career, you help patients improve patients’ overall function using the knowledge, skills and effective communication you learn in the Oklahoma City Community College physical therapist assistant program.

    It’s a profession that requires critical thinking and problem-solving skills and physical strength of your own, as well as personal flexibility. But it’s also a career that is in high demand – with the Baby Boomer generation aging and America’s soldiers returning home from wars overseas. You could find yourself working in hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes and sports facilities.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can earn an associate degree in applied science in the physical therapist assistant program. This program gives you the opportunity to take your basic general education courses, major courses and clinical practicums within six semesters.

    After graduation, you will have met the requirements and be qualified to sit for the licensure examination of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. The physical therapist assistant program at OCCC is a technical/occupational program accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education.

    Are you ready to start your career in helping others get moving in the right direction? Complete an online community college admissions application today!

  • Highlights

    The OCCC physical therapist assistant program values:

    • Innovation
    • Diversity
    • Accountability
    • Student and graduate success
    • Community and professional development
    • Integrity
    • Stewardship
    • Flexibility
    • Ethical Practice
    • Quality Patient Care
    • Effective Communication

    Each fall semester, the OCCC physical therapist assistant program accepts 20 new students. The program requires 71 to 72 credit hours and can be completed within six semesters. In addition, students in the physical therapist assistant program are required to complete offsite clinical work as part of the curriculum.

    Because of this requirement, student liability insurance, a series of background checks and a random drug screening are necessary.

    Physical therapist assistant program applications are available in late July with a deadline for application in early March.

  • Degree Options

    Physical Therapist Assistant Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    OCCC offers an associate degree in applied science in the physical therapist assistant program. After graduating, students will be eligible to take the state licensure exam.

    For more information on the cost of the program, required textbooks and resources, please visit the physical therapist assistant department web page.



  • Courses

    Physical Therapist Assistant Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    In the physical therapist assistant degree program at Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll study:

    • Introduction to Physical Therapy
    • Dynamic Human Motion
    • Pain Management and Massage
    • Clinical Anatomy
    • Pathology for Physical Rehabilitation
    • Therapeutic Exercise I and II
    • Electrotherapy and Modalities
    • Development, Conditions and Treatment Across the Lifespan
    • Systems/Problems in Physical Therapy
    • Clinical Prep I and II
    • Initial Practicum, Practicum I and II

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on your physical therapist assistant degree program. You can also check the current community college class schedule for course availability.

  • Faculty
    Jennifer Ball

    Jennifer Ball


    PTA Program Director and Professor of Physical Therapist Assistant

    Jennifer Ball, PT/ATC, MHR has practiced as a physical therapist for twenty years primarily in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine and acute care. She became a certified athletic trainer in 1995 while working with the Birmingham Bulls of the East Coast Hockey League.  Jennifer has worked as an athletic trainer in a variety of settings including: hockey, football, soccer, basketball, and most recently competitive cheerleading.  She was privileged to cover soccer with the 1996 summer Olympics in Birmingham, Alabama.  She began working in education in 1999 as an adjunct professor for the PTA Program. She has also taught kinesiology for the athletic training program at Southern Nazarene University. Jennifer has served as the PTA Program Director at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) since 2007.  

     
    Peggy DeCelle Newman

    Peggy DeCelle Newman


    Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and Professor of PTA

    Peggy DeCelle Newman, PT, MHR has practiced as a physical therapist for thirty years in a variety of settings including acute care, outpatient orthopaedics, institutional long-term care and home health. Additionally, she has managed allied health professionals in all of these settings. Peggy’s teaching experience began as Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE) at the University of Oklahoma from 1988 through 1993. She then served as the PTA Program Director at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) for eleven years from 1995 - 2006. After leaving OCCC, she practiced clinically for a year returning to the University of Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty in 2007 as the Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor.  Peggy returned to OCCC and PTA education in January 2013.

     
  • After OCCC

    Physical Therapist Assistant Careers

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the employment of all levels of physical therapists is expected to grow at least through 2016, as advances in the career field are made and the population continues to age, requiring more services.

    Job opportunities are readily available, especially in acute hospital, long-term acute, rehabilitation, home health and orthopedic settings as well as in school systems. In fact, OCCC graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate following graduation. The median salary for a physical therapist assistant is $46,000 per year, depending on your position, years of experience, geographic location and practice setting.





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