Oakland Community College

Physical Therapist Assistant

A Physical Therapist Assistant works under the supervision of a professional Physical Therapist. They assist a Physical Therapist in performing selected procedures relating to the use of therapeutic exercise, applying heat and cold, performing measurements for various assistive devices (crutches, canes, etc.), instructing and motivating patients and families, testing gross muscle strength and measuring joint range of motion.

Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College have established a reciprocal arrangement for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PPT) program. Although the specialized courses for the program are given at Macomb South Center Campus, students who complete a minimum of 19 specific credit hours at OCC and are Oakland County Residents are eligible to participate in this reciprocal arrangement. This means that upon completion of the courses at OCC and acceptance into the Macomb Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PPT) program, the student will take all the PPT courses at MCC and will pay in in-district tuition to Macomb Community College.

For further information about the Physical Therapy Program, contact the OCC Department of Health Professions & Technologies at (248) 233-2916.