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Physical Therapist Assistant

Get Ready to Help Others… Become a Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapy is a health care service which uses a variety of methods to help patients in need of care and rehabilitation. At Sinclair Community College, the physical therapist assistant program prepares you to provide physical therapy interventions to appropriately address the needs of patients as determined by a physical therapist.

Our commitment to providing the best learning and practical experiences shows through our graduates who take pride in being lifelong learners with skills reflective of clinical and administrative standards in the field.

Our program is composed of two components, academic materials and clinical affiliation. The academic focus of the program is conducted on campus and includes classroom and laboratory practice to gain skill competencies prior to working in a clinical setting. The clinical component gives you the opportunity to work a schedule simulating current employment standards. This experience is invaluable to your future as a physical therapist assistant—providing you with diverse learning experiences, hands-on experiences, and a professional mentor in the field.

This program might be for you if:

  • You would like to work in 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.

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 hopitals, rehabitation centers, out-patient clinics, nursings homes and home health.

Important Information about Life and Health Sciences Programs: The Life and Health Sciences (LHS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) 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 LHS program's webpage.

Degree Programs

Physical Therapist Assistant - Associate of Applied Science

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA), under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist (PT), implement treatment interventions, collect data related to the intervention and progress the treatment plan established by the PT in order to meet the goals of the patient/client.

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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Program Accreditation Information
The PTA Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.Current program accreditation status is available at http://www.sinclair.edu/academics/lhs/departments/pta/currentaccreditation/index.cfm


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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Physical Therapist Assistant Agreements

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Dayton

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including some physical therapist assitant degree requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

View articulation agreements »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the physical therapist assistant program, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: