Program Admission

Important Information for PTA Program Applicants

PTA Program Application Packet  or contact Tamara Smith (tsmith@odessa.edu) who is the Student Success Coach for the PTA Program.

Essential functions  for the PTA Student.

Learn more about CAPTE statistics on PTA students. 

Special information for out of town applicants

TEAS Averages of Successful Applicants by Category and Year 

Special information for degree-seeking, foreign-trained PTs & PTAs. 

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Students’ tentative schedule in the PTA Program is provided below as an example, and subject to change:

Semester 1/Fall 2017:

3 PTHA courses meet four days/wk (M/W/TH 8:30 am to 2:30 pm; T 8:30-10:30 am, with a one hour lunch) for 16 weeks

Semester 2/Spring 2018:

3 PTHA courses meet three days/wk (M 8:30-10:30 am; T/TH 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, with a one hour lunch) for 16 weeks

Semester 3/Summer 2018:

Clinical A 5+ days/wk for 6 weeks

Semester 4/Fall 2018:

3 PTHA courses four days/wk (8:30am to 2:30pm, with a lunch break) for 16 weeks

Semester 5/Spring 2019:

1 PTHA course class four days/wk for 4 weeks (8:30am to 3:30pm, with a lunch break), then Clinical B 5+ days a week for 6 weeks, 
finally Clinical C 5+ days a week for 6 weeks)

The physical therapist assistant program leads to an associate in applied science degree and encompasses a two-year course of study. The program is designed to prepare technically educated health care providers who assist physical therapists in the provision of physical therapy. The physical therapist assistant performs treatment procedures that involve the therapeutic use of heat, cold, electromagnetic radiations, traction, compression, water, massage, ultrasound and therapeutic exercise, and assists the physical therapist with evaluative procedures.
The curriculum balances general educational and specialty courses and includes supervised clinicals at hospitals and private clinics. These combined experiences provide students with an opportunity for educational development as well as occupational competence. Licensure of physical therapist assistants is required in the State of Texas and graduates are eligible to take the licensure examination after meeting the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners’ requirements.

Because clinical space is limited, students are admitted selectively. In order to be considered for admission to the PTA Program, students must:

  • Be a high school graduate or have earned a GED

  • Complete the requirements for the college’s Success Initiative Plan, which usually include passing scores on the TSIA exam, unless an exemption has been earned

  • Submit an Application for Odessa College (if not previously enrolled; found at www.odessa.edu)

  • Submit official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended

  • Complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS Test) up to three times with 30 days between attempts

  • Have good character references (professional preferred over personal)

  • Complete a minimum of forty (40) hours of observation / volunteer / work hours in a physical therapy facility

Acceptance into the program is determined by a point system based on:

  • Admission exam score (TEAS Test)

  • Academic record (number of general education classes completed and Anatomy and Physiology grades)

  • References

  • Interview (selection for interview is based on preliminary point totals)

  • Workforce assessment questionnaire (based on O*Net, currently JobFit)
  • Writing sample completed at the time of the interview

BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 must be completed within the last five years. While, BIOL 2401 & BIOL 2402 are not prerequisites for application to the program, acceptance without credit for these courses is provisional; the student must complete both courses with a minimum grade of C before the PTA Program begins in the fall semester in order to take his/her place in the class. After being accepted, students must achieve a grade of “C” in all physical therapist assistant courses. An average of “C” or better must be maintained in all other courses. Students failing to meet these scholastic requirements will be dropped from the program.
Students accepted into the program must comply with all school and physical therapist assistant program policies. Program policies are delineated in the Physical Therapist Assistant Resource Manual. Liability insurance is required and is part of the college fee schedule. Students must pass a physical examination and urine drug screen in order to participate in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Health and accident insurance must be maintained throughout the program; current CPR certification (Healthcare Provider) must be maintained throughout all clinicals; proof of required immunizations must be on file before students will be allowed to participate in clinicals. After admission to the program, new students will authorize the college to conduct a criminal background check. This procedure is required for students to go to the various hospitals and agencies for clinical education. If the background check is positive for certain offenses, the student will not be able to participate in clinical education and, therefore, will not be able to complete program requirements and will be dismissed from the program.
The physical therapist assistant program at Odessa College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The Commission may be contacted at:

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education,
Department of Accreditation, American Physical Therapy Association
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703/706-3245
www.apta.org/CAPTE

Program Admission - Special Info for Out of Town Applicants

If you want to apply to our program but live too far away to make repeated trips to Odessa College, there are a few modifications to the application procedure that will make it easier for you.

  1. Have official copies of your transcripts sent to Admissions Office.
  2. Include official or unofficial copies of these transcripts in your application file.
  3. Request a Transcript Evaluation, either online or by printing, completing and mailing the form to the Office of the Registrar.
  4. If you live in the State of Texas, you can take care of state-required placement testing at your local community college or university.
  5. If you do not live in Texas, you will need to contact the Counseling Center (432/335-6433) for help in completing state-required testing or determining exempt status.
  6. Contact Odessa College Testing Center (432/335-6620), if you wish to take the PTA Program admissions test (i.e. TEAS) at Odessa College.
  7. If traveling to Odessa College to take the test would be difficult for you, contact the Program Chair to find out about how to arrange an off-site administration of the test at a college close to you.
  8. Have reference and volunteer hours/reference forms completed and mailed as instructed in the Admissions Procedure in the Application Packet.
  9. Complete the Application for Admission to Odessa College.
  10. Verify your application file contains the following:
    • Application for Admission to PTA Program
    • Test of Essential Academic Scores (TEAS) page 1 of Individual Performance Profile
    • Copy of college transcripts
    • Copy of Transcript Evaluation Form (if available)
  11. Make a paper copy of everything in your file
  12. Before the deadline of March 31st, send your complete application file by Email to pta@odessa.edu or by Mail to:

Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Odessa College
201 W. University Blvd.
Odessa, TX 79764

  1. Please contact the Program Chair or other faculty to make sure your file was received.
  2. Wait to be contacted by the Program regarding interviews.