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.
The application for program admission details all application requirements. These include a completed application, ACT or TEAS V scores, three forms of recommendation, high school/college transcripts, 24 hours of observation, and an essay.
Deadline for application is March 31 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.
Graduates of the PTA program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for the Physical Therapist Assistant and to apply for state licensure. Licensure is required in the state of Missouri and in most states in the United States.
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.
|Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate||87.5%||88.2%||90%|
|Employment Rate (6 months after graduation)||100%||100%||100%|
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.
- 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.
- Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
- Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
- Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
- Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.