UC Clermont

Physical Therapist Assistant

Mission

The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College is to educate students to become competent physical therapist assistants capable of performing the duties expected of an entry level physical therapist assistant upon graduation from the program. In addition, it is the mission of the program to promote excellence in teaching, to support the professional/personal growth of its students and faculty, to serve as a resource to the community and to respond to the needs of the region it serves.

Additionally, we provide student-centered undergraduate education and life-long learning in an open access, regional college environment. We foster diversity as well as intellectual, cultural and social development in our community.

Philosophy

The Physical Therapist Assistant program of University of Cincinnati Clermont College is dedicated to meeting both the needs of its students and the needs of the communities these students will ultimately serve. Students are promptly familiarized with the unique abilities, attitudes and skills required for successful practice as a physical therapist assistant working under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

The program's first responsibility is to acquaint its students with the scope and duties of the physical therapist assistant so that career choices can be made efficiently without wasting the student's time and finances or the program's resources.

The second duty of the PTA program is to objectively assess and admit students who possess the skills, academic development, maturity, and attitudes necessary to work ethically, legally and competently as a PTA. In order to support this duty, the faculty will foster students' cultural and social development. Leadership modeling and research are vital and have been recently added specifically to the PTA mission.

Other new areas of focus are as follows:

  • Communication and Collaboration: We strive for open and honest communication by encouraging disclosure and discussion.
  • Continuous Improvement/Action Orientation: The program will seek to identify opportunities and respond to our community through systematic data based methods.
Finally, it is the obligation of the PTA program to offer both a competent faculty and a program which together will give students the skills, attitudes, and knowledge they need to serve the vast variety of facilities which make use of the services of physical therapist assistants. Faculty development and support are represented via continuous monitoring of faculty/programmatic needs, conference attendance and active planning within the promotion and tenure system of the college.

Admission to the Program

Admission to the physical therapist assistant major is on an annual and competitive basis, requiring a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0 plus three years of high school science, two years of high school college preparatory mathematics, four years of high school English and two years of high school social science, or their college-level equivalents. Overall college GPA and science GPA are weighted most heavily in the process, as well as performance on a standardized health sciences aptitude exam.

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Sam Coppoletti

Assoc Professor - Educator, Clermont Physical Therapy Assisting

115C CLER UCEAST1

513-558-5340

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Sonia Jani, MS, RRT

Sr. Academic Advisor, Science & Health

(513) 558-1816

Our students must demonstrate (with or without appropriate academic adjustments or reasonable modifications to policies and practices) the ability to perform the functions (PDF) listed below. They must perform these functions safely, reliably, efficiently and in compliance with legal and ethical standards throughout their education.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College is an intensive course of study. The following standards resemble the physical, intellectual and effective challenges that practicing physical therapist assistants encounter performing common physical therapy functions. The program has the responsibility to the public to assure its graduates are capable of providing safe and effective treatment.

A student's ability to progress through the PTA program is based upon satisfactory academic performance as well as the essential functions that serve to insure that the student possesses all the necessary attributes of the academic program for graduation. Essential Functions incorporate the cognitive, psychomotor and effective abilities required for employment as a physical therapist assistant in the clinical setting. These standards are not to be exclusionary, but to establish performance expectations that will enable students to provide safe patient practice with or without reasonable accommodations. Students are to familiarize themselves with the essential functions and determine whether they are able to perform specified technical standards.

The University of Cincinnati does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status or gender identity and expression in its programs and activities. http://www.uc.edu/about/policies/non-discrimination.html.

Individuals with disabilities must be able to perform the essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodations. Students with disabilities are eligible to receive a variety of support services. The policy of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College requires students to self-identify and provide proper documentation to Amy Simerly in the Disability Services Office, 732-5327 or clermontdso@uc.edu. Questions may be directed to the Academic Director of Disability Services, located in the Student Services Building. http://www.ucclermont.edu/students/dso.html.

We are committed to making reasonable accommodations for students who have disabilities. If a student determines that he, she, or they cannot meet an essential function due to a disability, either upon admission or at any point thereafter, it is the responsibility of the student to notify the Disability Services Office of that determination and to request reasonable accommodation. The presence of a disability does not exempt students from completing required tasks with a reasonable accommodation.

To perform these functions, students can have no restrictions in bending, carrying, climbing, grasping, heaving, lifting, pulling, pushing, reaching, sitting, seeing, speaking, stooping, using hands, walking, and writing.

A key component of the Physical Therapist Assistant program is student participation in 14 weeks of clinical education experience during their technical core year. Our program is affiliated with numerous facilities offering varied experiences in the application of physical therapy. These facilities include acute care hospitals; rehabilitation centers; out-patient orthopedic, sports medicine and/or neurologic rehabilitation clinics; skilled nursing centers; pediatric centers; and home health agencies; etc. During a clinical experience, students will be assigned to a facility where they will work with a clinical supervisor to apply the information, concepts and skills mastered in their coursework to patient situations. Students are responsible for all costs related to clinical experiences including (but not limited to) transportation, meals, uniforms, physical examinations, vaccinations, background checks, drug screens, and insurance. Clinical education site listings are available to PTA students upon request.

The Physical Therapy Assistant program at the University of Cincinnati, Clermont campus, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call the program coordinator at 513-558-5340 or email sam.coppoletti@uc.edu.

On May 2, 2018, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education made the following decision regarding the physical therapist assistant education program at University of Cincinnati, Clermont College: to continue Accreditation as of the effective date of May 2, 2018.

The Commission's decision to continue accreditation status is based on the program's level of compliance with the Standards and Required Elements and on the professional manner in which the program has addressed the Commission's previous concerns. The next Self-study Report and On-site Visit will occur in the Spring of 2026.


The University of Cincinnati reaffirms its policy that discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or gender identity and expression shall not be practiced in any of its activities.

University Rule 3361: 10-13-01