Carla Hinkle

Associate Professor Physical Therapist Assistant Program - Schoool of Health Sciences

Contact Information

(918) 595-7011
Metro Campus Room MC 532

From Roswell, NM. NMSU, US Army, attended TJC-PTA.
Worked in a local hospital, received a call to return to TJC to teach. Wrote "Fundamentals of Anatomy & Movement", then got Master's Degree.
Involved with OPTA, APTA, Fed State Board of PT & OK Medical Board PT Advisory Committee. First ever PTA on that Committee, later Chair. Oversaw first ever Cont Ed audit for PT in OK. A member of the Tulsa Ship Modeler's Society.
In 2015 had the honor of marrying long-time partner, now wife, Sue.

Courses Taught

  • PHTA 1203 Anatomy & Physiology for PTAs
  • PHTA 1303 Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • PHTA 1383 Pathophysiology for PTAs
  • PHTA 2113 Rehabilitation


  • Bachelor of Science in Education, New Mexico State University, 1983
  • Associate in Applied Science - Physical Therapist Assistant, Tulsa Junior College, 1991
  • Master's Degree in Occupational & Adult Education, Oklahoma State University, 2004             

Research Interests

Elements associated with PTA education and PTA student success.         

Publications & Presentations

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Movement: A Workbook and Guide.
ISBN: 0-8151-2210-0, Published by Mosby-Yearbook, Inc. August, 1997

Instructor and Student Perceptions of Passive, Active and Electronic Interpersonal Communication in the Workforce Development Classroom in a Community College.
Workforce Education Forum, Volume 32, No. 1, Spring, 2005.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association (OPTA), Member, December 1991 – present
    • Current member of the Education Section
    • Past member of the Acute Care Section
  • OPTA Eastern District Secretary, January 1993 January 1994
  • Affiliate Delegate to the APTA House of Delegates, Washington D.C., 1995 and 1996
  • Physical Therapist Assistant Representative to the OPTA Board of Directors, 1995 – 1997
  • Appointed to the Physical Therapy Advisory Committee to the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision Committee Member, July 1997 - July 2002
    • during which also served on Sub-Committee Assigned to the Consideration of
  • Military Graduates Seeking Determination of Education Equivalency in Oklahoma, 1998
    • Vice-Chairperson, January - November, 1999
    • Chairperson, November 1999 - July 2001
    • during which oversaw the first Continuing Education Audit for Physical Therapy in Oklahoma, 2000
    • during which also chaired the Continuing Education Subcommittee,
    • November 1999 - July 2001
    • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Annual Conference
    • Alternate Delegate representing Oklahoma, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, April, 1998
    • Delegate representing Oklahoma, San Antonio, Texas, March, 1999
  • Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
    • Subject Matter Expert Committee for the Physical Therapist Assistant Job Analysis
    • March, 2000 to October, 2001
    • Selected for the Item Writer's Committee for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  • National Licensure Examination, September 2000
  • OPTA Personnel Committee, 1995.
  • OPTA Nominations Committee, Spring 2007 – 2010.
  • OPTA Ethics Committee, Spring 2012 – 2015.


  • Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant
    • Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association, April, 2002
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Tulsa Community College, August, 2004
  • Nominated for Research Excellence Award for Master's Thesis
    • Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, April, 2004
  • Recognition of Advanced Proficiency in Education
  • American Physical Therapy Association, April, 2013 – 2018.
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