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    Jul 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

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Program of Study

The Associate of Applied Science Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares graduates for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. A physical therapist assistant performs a broad range of skilled clinical services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist and in a variety of health settings including hospital-based acute and outpatient; skilled nursing facilities; sub-acute rehabilitation hospitals; privately owned outpatient clinics; and home health agencies. Physical therapist assistants administer the patient treatment and interventions as directed by the supervising physical therapist; collect measures and other patient-related data; progress the patient within the parameters established by the supervising physical therapist; and document the treatment appropriately.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Graduates must pass the NPTE and a jurisprudence exam in order to become licensed as a physical therapist assistant in the state of Ohio. The jurisprudence exam is a test of the state’s laws and rules that pertain to physical therapy practice.

The faculty has identified the following Learning Outcomes for all graduates:

  • Achieve entry-level competence in all criteria as specified in the PTA Clinical Performance Instrument.
  • Exhibit professional conduct reflective of a commitment to meeting the expectations of members of society receiving health care services.
  • Demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviors inherent to the provision of physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.


Physical Therapist Assistant

Total Technical Credit Hours: 35

Total General Education and Related Credit Hours: 30

Total Credit Hours: 65

Entry Level Requirement for PTA degree program:

  1. Students must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Eligible to enroll in all first semester courses
  4. Ability to perform all functions described in PTA Essential Functions
  5. Submission of the signed Letter of Intent to the PTA Program Chair by the the due date
  6. Submission of completed application packet by due date

See your advisor for appropriate course selection.

*Registration for PTA1000 requires admission to the PTA program.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Terra State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 419-559-2185 or email

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