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Physical Therapist Assistant

Seminole State College-Gordon Cooper Technology Center

Physical Therapist Assistant Program


Program Description

Seminole State College (SSC) and Gordon Cooper Technology Center (GCTC) have come together to create the SSC-GCTC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program. The core curriculum will be provided on the SSC campus with the technical portion of the program being held on the GCTC campus.

The SSC-GCTC PTA Program is a 1+1 program. The total program is 67 credit hours. Prior to entrance into the program, students must complete 20 hours of common core courses and 11 hours of support courses for a total of 31 hours of prerequisite work. Upon entrance into the program, students must complete 36 hours of technical training. The technical portion of the degree consists of classroom, lab, and clinical experiences. The approximately 2 years of training culminates in an Associate of Applied Science Degree granted by SSC. The student will then be eligible to sit for a state licensure examination.

The PTA works in a variety of settings under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist (PT) to develop mobility, relieve pain, prevent physical disability, and promote wellness. The PTA program is designed to prepare the student to perform at entry-level as a PTA. A PTA must be a graduate of a program accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education and must satisfy  the licensing requirements of the state where they wish to work.

Program Accreditation Status

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314; phone 703-706-3245; is necessary to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Seminole State College-Gordon Cooper Technology Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 405-273-7493 ext. 2214 or email


Mission Statement

The SSC- GCTC PTA Program mission is to provide quality learning environments preparing people for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant and success in the workplace, in education and in life.  Successful graduates will be committed to community involvement, evidence-based practice, and continual professional development in their field.

Program Goals

Student and Graduate Goals

  1. Students will acquire knowledge and develop skills which will enable them to pass the national licensure examination to become licensed physical therapist assistants.
  2. Students will develop the skills necessary to perform as an entry-level clinician who will work under the direction of a physical therapist.
  3. Students will seek lifelong learning opportunities to enhance their skills and positively impact the profession.
  4. Students will display a commitment to service for both their communities and the profession.

Faculty Goals

  1. Faculty members will display a commitment to service for both their communities and the profession.
  2. Faculty members will maintain involvement in and promote evidence-based practice in their teaching and professional involvement.

Program Goals

  1. The program, through faculty and students, will display commitment to both the community and the physical therapy profession.
  2. The program resources will be evaluated on an annual basis by the PTA Oversight Committee to ensure that quality learning environments are provided for students.


Requirements for Admission

Students wishing to apply to the SSC-GCTC PTA Program must first meet all admission requirements to SSC.  The proper steps to take for admission to SSC can be found online at  Please note that the steps for application to the PTA Program are separate from the admission process for SSC.

All pre-requisite coursework must be completed by the semester prior to the first course of the technical portion of the degree plan to be eligible for application.  Pre-requisites include the following:

  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II, Intro to Oral Communication, or Fundamentals of Computer Usage
  • U.S. History
  • American Federal Government
  • General Psychology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Medical Terminology

Upon acceptance into SSC, prospective students may apply to the PTA Program.  Applications will be available online (accessible to print from tab below) MARCH 1.  All completed applications are to be submitted by MAY 1 of each year.  Applications must include the following:

  • Copies of transcripts for all collegiate level academic work including degrees conferred
  • Proof of residence (if qualified to receive GCTC points for residence)
  • Evidence of any completed GCTC Allied Health Programs (if applicable)
  • ACT Scores
  • Completed essays
  • Evidence of prior work in a health related field (if applicable)
  • Documentation of 40 observation hours completed in a minimum of 2 settings on provided form
  • Proof of CPR

The application process for entrance into the technical portion of the program is competitive.  There are 12 available seats for each cohort that begins in the fall semester.  


The current application for school year 2019-2020 is available below in PDF format.


Program Outcomes

To be reported as data is collected from the first cohort of students

 Program Faculty


Shakira Stafford, PT, MPT is the Program Director.  She has twenty years of clinical and management experience.  She has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, swing bed, nursing home, home health and the school systems.  In addition, Ms. Stafford has performed as a Clinical Instructor for MPT, DPT and PTA students.  Shakira has completed Barnes Myofascial Training and Craniosacral Therapy Training, and enjoys utilizing manual therapy applications to maximize results.  Ms. Stafford has specialized training in pelvic floor dysfunction and pregnancy related pain syndromes.  She has created a pelvic floor dysfunction program, and patient education classes regarding urinary incontinence and managing pregnancy related pain.

phone:  (405) 273-7493 ext.2214

fax:      (405) 273-6354


Alice Holejsovsky, PTA is the Director of Clinical Education.  



The SSC-GCTC PTA Program will review any and all complaints against the program. This will include any complaints involving accreditation standards, policies and procedures, and overall operations of the program and those involved with this process. Students, clinical instructors, clinical sites and/ or members of the public will be given opportunity to voice any concerns or complaints as they arise, without fear of retaliation or retribution. All complaints must be made within six months of the incident to be considered. It is encouraged that all complaints/ concerns be made directly to the PTA PD unless the complaint involves the PD.  In this case the complaint should be made to the SSC Health Sciences Division Chair. While on the GCTC campus students may also contact the SSC-GCTC Student Advocate located in Business and Career Services regarding complaints/concerns.  All complaints will remain confidential and filed in a locked cabinet in the PD’s office upon resolution.  

Please note that students should follow the SSC Grievance Procedures found in the SSC-GCTC PTA Student Handbook on pages 31-33. 


SSC-GCTC Student Advocate

Ashley Fichtner, Director of Partner School Outreach       

(405) 273-7493 ext. 2511


SSC Health Sciences Division Chair

Valarie Watts, MSN, RN

(405) 382-9287

Congratulations to PTA Student Ashley Bristol for being named SSC's Outstanding Health Science Student 2019!!