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Ozark Campus Approved For Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

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Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus has received full accreditation status for its Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA) from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Danny Curtis, program chairman, says the Arkansas Department of Higher Education granted the campus approval to implement the program in April 2008, and the program is now only the fourth accredited physical therapist assistant degree program in the state of Arkansas.

The charter class of 18 students began meeting in June 2009, and the charter class will graduate, fully accredited, on Saturday, May 15.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Ozark campus, the community and for prospective students throughout the River Valley, as the projected demand for physical therapists is increasing,” added Curtis.

Chief Academic Officer Bruce Sikes acknowledged, “The students and patrons served by Arkansas Tech - Ozark can be assured that the PTA program meets the industry criteria for excellence.  PTA students can be confident in the training they receive on the Ozark Campus in partnership with the area health care providers.  It is our commitment to our community to provide quality educational programs which enable students to meet the standards that the health care industry requires.”

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus has been granted full Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone:  703 - 706 - 3245; email:  accreditation@apta.org).

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