A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a registered Physical Therapist (PT).  To enter this exciting field, a student must earn an Associate in Applied Science degree from an accredited program and pass the state licensure board examination upon graduation.  Only 15 applicants are accepted into the technical portion of the program each year at NEO, so the instructors work closely with the students to help them be successful.  Our classes combine hands-on experience in a lab setting with lecture, so students have the opportunity to learn by performing the new skills.

Acceptance to the technical portion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is based on total points.  The primary points are based on the composite ACT score and Grade Point Average in the prerequisite courses (see PTA Application Calculation).  This program is extremely competitive.  If the prerequisite courses are to be completed in May, the application can be submitted by March 15 to be considered for the next class that will begin in the summer semester.  After completing the general education and technical support courses and being accepted into the PTA program, students can complete the degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program within 14 months.

For the past 10 years, our overall board pass rate is 98.6%.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 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 (918) 540-6361 or email dawn.smathers@neo.edu.

Click here to see areas of practice for graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at NEO.
  • Hospitals
  • Schools/pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Cardio/Pulmonary Care
  • Wound & Burn Care
  • Sports Medicine
  • Long-Term Rehabilitation
  • Home Health


Application for Spring is available after November 1 each year. All application information is due by March 15th.

Degree Options

Associate in Applied Science – Physical Therapist Assistant
Plan of Study (xlsx)