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 (CAPTE). Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in all US states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Students graduating from MWSU are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.
No determination of the sufficiency of curriculum for licensure has been made in American Samoa, Guam and Northern Mariana 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
|Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate
|Employment Rate (one year after graduation)