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Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Earns CAPTE Re-approval

MIAMI, OK -- The physical therapist assistant program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College recently received approval from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) to continue providing the associate in applied science degree in PTA, according to

CAPTE conducts a review of each PT and PTA program every 10 years, the article stated. The review process includes a written self-study and an on-site visit, considering all aspects of the program. Northeast Oklahoma A&M's next review will be in 2022.

"The accreditation process is very intense and time consuming," said Sidney Morgan, director of the PTA program. "The administration, faculty, and staff at NEO worked together to help with this project. This support was one of the strengths mentioned by the CAPTE visitors."

The PTA program graduated its first class in 1997.

"The accreditation of our PTA program reflects the dedicated efforts of Sidney Morgan, program director, the NEO faculty, and our clinical partners in maintaining a quality program," said Bethene Fahnestock, vice president of academic affairs. "I am proud of the program, but most of all, I am proud of our graduates."

The program is in a 1+1 format, according to General studies and science prerequisites are taught in the first year, and upon acceptance into the program, physical therapy technical courses are taught in the next year.


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