The final day to apply for the Nursing and Physical Therapy Assistant Programs at Carl Albert State College is quickly approaching! Students must submit their application by Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in order to be considered. The Department of Nursing admitted its first class of freshman students in 1981 and the first nursing class graduated in 1983. Initial accreditation from the National League for Nursing occurred in 1984. The program has maintained continuous, full accreditation since that time.
Graduates from the CASC nursing program readily find employment in health care locally and in surrounding communities of western Arkansas. These agencies depend upon the superior performance of the graduates and recruit heavily from the nursing program to meet their nursing needs.
Planning and development of a Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program at Carl Albert State College (CASC) was initiated in July 1992 when institutional research indicated a local geographic need and support of such a program. Initial interest in a Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program was generated from the “Allied Health Sciences” Advisory Committee of CASC. Following initial interest, administrative personnel visited physical therapist assistant education programs at Tulsa Junior College, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, Arkansas, and the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas.
In the fall of 1992, CASC conducted a needs assessment survey for a physical therapist assistant education program. The area surveyed included: Southeastern Oklahoma and those Western Arkansas counties bordering Oklahoma. Eighty-eight health care agencies and 26 public school systems were contacted. Thirty-Nine of the health care agencies responded (44%) and 15 public school systems (58%). Responses to this survey indicated that there is an overwhelming need for licensed physical therapist assistants in the surveyed area.
It is the mission of the Carl Albert State College Physical Therapist Assistant Program to educate our students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become an entry level Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. We will strive to keep student costs low while connecting the student to nearby classroom and clinical education.
Carl Albert State College offers students a world-class education at an affordable price. CASC has been voted the Best Community College in Oklahoma; currently stands as No. 11 in the Nation for graduation rates among community colleges; and offers the most affordable tuition and fees in the region. The main campus is in Poteau, with a branch campus in Sallisaw, and the college offers eight degrees and three certificate programs completely online.
The Poteau campus offers residential living opportunities for students who wish to have the full college experience, and participate in many campus clubs, activities, and a variety of intramural games. Viking athletics include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s cross country, and E-Sports teams. CASC is home to individuals from all walks of life. For every CASC student, including the working adult with other commitments —day, evening, and online courses are offered to fit your busy schedule. Whether you’re planning to live on campus, commute, or earn your degree online – CASC meets students’ needs in an efficient, effective, and economical manner. Carl Albert provides excellent educational opportunities for students whether they desire to go straight to work following graduation, or plan to transfer to further their educational career.
Carl Albert State College is proud to carry out its mission to provide affordable, accessible and exceptional education that fosters student success.