Application Deadline: September 1


The program now requires a mandatory advising session as part of the application process.  See the student checklist for additional information.

About the PTA Program

The OTC Richwood Valley Campus, located on Highway 14, approximately 1.5 miles west of Highway 65, at 3369 W. Jackson St., Ozark, MO 65721, offers the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The OTC Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to:

  • Provide appropriate interventions based upon the plan of care
  • Assist the physical therapist with data collection
  • Communicate and work cooperatively with the physical therapist
  • Document patient interventions
  • Interact with patients and their families
  • Participate with the physical therapist in teaching other health care providers

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:; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 417-447-7873 or email

The OTC PTA faculty support the American Physical Therapy Association and believe that instilling values of professional membership is one of the duties to the profession. Therefore, all PTA faculty and students are members of the APTA and discover the value of APTA membership. The OTC PTA program is proud to support the Reach 100 Student Membership Challenge.

PTA Program Outcomes (2- Year Average)

First Time Licensure Pass Rate Ultimate Licensure Pass Rate  

Graduation Rate


Employment Rate

2019-2020 95.35% 95.35% 92.8% 100%
2018-2019 90.24% 97.56% 83.3% 100%
2017-2019 87.18% 100% 78.9% 100%

Source: 2- year averages

Licensure pass rate: Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy

Graduation rate: CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report

Employment rate: CAPTE Annual Accreditation Report/PTA Program Data


The OTC PTA program now requires all applicants to attend a Physical Therapist Assistant Advising session prior to applying to the program. Physical therapist assistant advising sessions are offered frequently, and no appointment is necessary.

Questions that cannot be answered via the provided links should be emailed to the Program Director, Niki Wallen at, or contact the Health Sciences office at located in Lincoln Hall, room 210, on the OTC Springfield campus, 417-447-8803, 447-8804, or 447-8954.


The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare graduates to meet state requirements to practice as an assistant to a physical therapist in a variety of healthcare settings.  Physical therapist assistants have the rewarding opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of people with healthcare problems arising from injury or disease.  Working under the supervision of a physical therapist, the physical therapist assistant participates in the clients’ recovery and return to a more functional lifestyle.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the employment outlook for PTAs is expected to increase much faster than average for all occupations.