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What will I learn?

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to become licensed or certified as a physical therapist assistant, who work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Licensure or certification in most states requires graduation from an accredited program, background clearances and passing the National Physical Therapy Examination.

The integrated curriculum includes lecture, lecture/lab, seminar and practicum courses. Major course content is cumulative and taught in four sequential semesters in a two year cycle. The technical study curriculum requires student to be on campus or in the clinic three to five days per week each term.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Technology major includes the following optional concentration:

The Athletic Trainers Transition concentration is for board-certified athletic trainers and may be completed, at minimum, in 15 months. The concentration adds the skills and knowledge of a physical therapist assistant to the certified athletic trainers knowledge and skill competency. The concentration is offered primarily online and requires six three-day in person on the Ashtabula Campus to conduct laboratory assignments. In addition, students must complete a minimum 640 hours of clinical education, which, typically, can be arranged anywhere in the country.

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Online/on-ground (Athletic Trainers Transition concentration only)
  • Ashtabula Campus
  • East Liverpool Campus (Athletic Trainers Transition concentration not offered)

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Provide appropriate and effective physical therapy interventions within the plan of care established by a physical therapist.
  • Effectively communicate with others, teaching or instructing when appropriate.
  • Produce legal and ethical documentation to meet professional expectations and the needs of third party payers.
  • Ethically manage fiscal and human resources to provide high-quality, efficient and cost-effective physical therapy services.
  • Consistently demonstrate the value-based behaviors of a physical therapy assistant; altruism, caring and compassion, continuing competence, duty, integrity, physical therapist/physical therapy assistant collaboration, responsibility and social responsibility.

Which department am I in?

College of Applied and Technical Studies

Study options

Full Time (65 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,799.00 per year
Start date

25 August 2022, 17 January 2023

Venue

East Liverpool Campus

400 E. 4th Street,

EAST LIVERPOOL,

Ohio,

43920, United States

Full Time (65 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$20,799.00 per year
Start date

25 August 2022, 17 January 2023

Venue

Ashtabula Campus

3300 Lake Road West,

ASHTABULA,

Ohio,

44004, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

New freshmen applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the U.S.). Freshmen should meet the minimum requirement of GPA 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 scale.

For international students

New freshmen applicants must finish secondary school in their home country by the time of enrollment to be eligible for university (comparable to the completion of senior high school in the U.S.). Freshmen should meet the minimum requirement of GPA ? 2.5 on a U.S. 4.0 scale. Applicants must obtain a minimum score of TOEFL Paper Based Test is 525 (71 on the Internet based version), the minimum score of MELAB is 75 or IELTS minimum score of 6.0 and the minimum score of PTE academic is 48.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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