Physical Therapist Assistant

The program outcomes of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program are to prepare graduates who will provide physical therapy interventions commensurate with the needs of the patients/clients in their care as determined by the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist.

The graduate will be a life-long learner with skills reflective of clinical and administrative standards practiced in an ethical and legal manner as defined by the State of Ohio practice act and in accordance with the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The PTA academic faculty and clinical instructors will work with all students to assist in achieving their career goals as they progress through the curriculum accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Program outcomes will be the source of guidance and assessment for meeting the mission of the college, the program and the profession. Upon successful completion of the PTA program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The PTA academic faculty and clinical instructors will work with all students to assist in achieving their career goals as they progress through the curriculum accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Program outcomes will be the source of guidance and assessment for meeting the mission of the college, the program and the profession. Upon successful completion of the PTA program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree.

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Why major in Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical therapist assistants (PTA), under the supervision of physical therapists, assist patients in a wide variety of therapeutic and rehabilitative procedures. Many PTAs go on to work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, nursing homes and home health.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You would like to work in a medical field focused on rehabilitation and therapy.
  • You are a person who enjoys meeting and helping other people.
  • You enjoy working with a diverse population, performing a variety of tasks.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.

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Associate of Applied Science
Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to be completed in four (4) semesters on a full-time basis when the student begins the technical portion of the program. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. The PTA program adheres to a competitive selection process for entry to the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the webpage. Students must complete all of the prerequisites and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for entry into the limited enrollment courses. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses, and the PTA courses must be taken in sequence.

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Important Information about Health Sciences Programs:  The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.


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