OTC Physical Therapist Assistant Program

The OTC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program prepares students to provide effective physical therapy and client care under the supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs make a positive difference in the lives of people with healthcare problems stemming from injury or disease. They work as a vital part of the physical therapy team, aiding clients’ recovery and return to a more functional lifestyle.

The program trains students to provide appropriate interventions based on proven research, assist physical therapists with data collection, document client interventions, and to interact with clients and their families.

The PTA Program is offered at the OTC Richwood Valley Campus in Ozark, MO. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the employment outlook for PTAs is expected to increase much faster than average for all occupations. Graduates find work in outpatient clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and other health and fitness organizations.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Ozarks Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Accreditation and Outcomes

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Ozarks Technical Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 417-447-7873 or email wallenn@otc.edu.

Ozarks Technical Community College PTA Program Student Outcome Data based on CAPTE AAR submitted in Fall 2021 for Academic Years ending in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018.
  1st time Pass Rate Ultimate Pass Rate Graduation Rate Employment Rate
2021 100% 100% 83.3% 95%
2020 94.7% 94.7% 79.2% 100%
2 Year Avg. 97.5% 97.5% 81.3% 97%
2020 94.7% 94.7% 79.2% 100%
2019 95.8% 95.8% 83.3% 100%
2 Year Avg. 95.3% 95.3% 81.3% 100%
2019 95.8% 95.8% 83.3% 100%
2018 82.4% 100% 62.5% 100%
2 Year Avg. 90.2% 97.6% 72.9% 100%
Licensure Exam Pass Rate:
1st Attempt Rate: This is the 1st attempt pass rate as published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Ultimate Pass Rate: This rate is the ultimate pass rate as published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Graduation Rate: This rate is calculated according to the CAPTE formula required in the AAR.
Employment Rate: This rate is the % of graduates who were employed as PTAs within twelve months of passing the licensure examination and is current as of 11/8/21.