Melanie Heffington

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director, Assistant Professor, Doctorate of Physical Therapy Physical Therapist Assistant Program - School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

(918) 595-3423
Metro Campus Nate Waters PT Clinic Room 109

Dr. Melanie Heffington joined the TCC PTA Program in 2013 as faculty and became the TCC PTA Program Director in 2015. Her 20 years of clinical experience includes expertise in the areas of clinical education, vestibular/balance rehab, and facilitation based neurological rehab. She strives to promote an active, engaged classroom with students utilizing critical thinking skills at all levels of their education during their time in the PTA Program.

Courses Taught

  • Clinical Procedures I
  • Clinical Procedures II
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutic Exercise II
  • Special Studies in Physical Therapy

Sample Syllabus

PHTA 2343 pdf


  • B.S. in Physical Therapy, University of Oklahoma 1996
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of New England 2015
  • Education Leadership Institute Fellow, American Physical Therapy Association 2016              

Research Interests

  • Physical Therapist Assistants and Health Care Administration
  • Clinical Education
  • Ethics
  • Pilates and Low Back Pain              

Publications & Presentations

Feedback in Physical Therapy Clinical Education

Ethical Considerations in the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant Relationship

Pilates for Physical Therapy

Adapting Physical Therapy Clinical Education to Various Learning Styles

Conflict Management in Clinical Education: Tools for the Clinical Instructor

Use of Video Resume for Physical Therapist Assistants

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association
  • Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association Ethics Committee
  • IDEA Fitness Association
  • TCC Metro Campus Faculty Learning Community: Assessment


  • Occupational Therapy Association Health Advocate of the Year 2013
  • TCC Faculty Innovation Grant 2014
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