Are you interested in a career in health care? Are you fascinated by anatomy and exercise physiology? Then becoming a physical therapist assistant is for you!
As a physical therapist assistant, you are a member of a health care team working under the supervision and direction of a physical therapist. You may administer different kinds of treatment to decrease pain, including hot packs, ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Physical therapist assistants help patients perform exercises to increase strength and motion. They teach patients how to ambulate with assistive devices like crutches and canes, and instruct in walking with braces and artificial limbs. Excellent clinical skills and communication/interpersonal skills are essential for this career.
The PTA program is a competitive entrance program. Application to the program is made separately from application for admission to Missouri Western.
Application requirements include a completed PTA-CAS application, ACT or TEAS V scores, three forms of recommendation, high school/college transcripts, and an essay. Observation hours are not mandatory due to COVID restrictions; however application points will be credited for completed observation hours. Click here to download the observation form.
The Missouri Western State University Physical Therapist Assistant Program will participate in the Physical Therapist Assistant Centralized Application Service (PTA-CAS) offered by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) starting during the 2021 admissions cycle. Applicants applying to the PTA program on or after March 31, 2020 will apply using the PTA-CAS online application.
Deadline for application is March 1 annually.
The PTA program is a full-time, daytime program with both morning and afternoon courses held Monday-Friday. It begins annually in the fall with integrated coursework consisting of general studies courses, biology or human anatomy, and physical therapy courses.
The program is four semesters and two summer sessions in length, consisting of fifteen hours of general education and fifty-six hours of PTA core classes. Clinical internships take place for three weeks in the summer between the first and second year, and again for twelve weeks, from March to June of the second year.
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in all US states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
The program is designed to prepare graduates to meet the requirements to practice as a PT Assistant in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, outpatient clinics, sports medicine clinics and school-based systems.
The table below displays graduation rate, ultimate pass rate, and employment rate in table form by year.
|First Attempt Licensure Exam Pass Rate||79.5%||76.9%||72.2%||92.9%|
|Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate||88.2%||76.9%||88.9%|
|Employment Rate (one year after graduation)||100%||100%||93%|
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Missouri Western State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 816-271-4251 or email email@example.com.
|PTA 100||Introduction to Physical Therapy||1|
|PTA 110||Patient Care Skills||3|
|PTA 130||Functional Anatomy||2|
|PTA 140||Measurements and Procedures||3|
|PTA 160||Clinical Kinesiology||2|
|PTA 165||Therapeutic Exercise||2|
|PTA 185||Clinical Education I||3|
|PTA 255||Clinical Orthopedics||3|
|PTA 260||Clinical Neurology||4|
|PTA 265||Diseases and Dysfunctions||3|
|PTA 270||Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy||1|
|PTA 280||Clinical Rehabilitation||3|
|PTA 285||Clinical Education II||5|
|PTA 290||Clinical Education III||5|
|PTA 295||Clinical Seminar||1|
|BIO 101||Principles of Biology||4|
|BIO 250||Anatomy and Physiology||5|
|PSY 101||General Psychology||3|
NOTE: The above is expanded upon in the Physical Therapist Assistant handbook that has been developed for use by students.
University Graduation Requirements
- Earn a minimum of 62 credit hours (100 level and above, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
- Earn 20 of the last 30 credit hours at MWSU in institutional course work (exclusive of credit by examination).
- Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.