Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapy

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.
 

Essential Program-Related Functions

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

 

 

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.

If you desire more information and/or wish to apply to the program, please click on this link to view important information.

 

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 2.75 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.

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

CAPTE


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.

 


Physical Therapist Assistant

What is Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided.

Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation (http://www.apta.org/AboutPTAs/).

Physical therapist assistants are patient-centered clinicians who demonstrate a high level of concern for the well-being of others (empathy). They demonstrate an ability to adapt services with consideration for patient differences, values, and preferences. They have strong communication skills for instruction, education, and collaboration with patients, families, caregivers and the interdisciplinary team.  A physical therapist assistant needs to critically think and adapt to changes in patient status quickly. You should be detail orientated, dedicated and responsible, and have a high degree of tolerance for blood, other bodily fluids and odors. You should feel comfortable being physically close to and touching another person. You will also need adequate physical strength, flexibility and balance to support and manipulate patients’ movements during therapy. (Please refer to Essential functions)

You may also find it helpful to review essential program-related functions, and other important information, available on our website.

Career Possibilities

The APTA reports that the federal government has forecasted very good job prospects for PTAs and an unemployment rate of less than 3.9%. Visit the American Physical Therapy Association for more details. In 2016, the Health Collaborative (formerly the GCHC) quoted a vacancy rate of 4-5% among local major hospitals.

For details on program graduation rates, employment rates, examination passing rates and other outcome statistics, visit the Program Outcomes page.

Advising

Each prospective student should contact the Recruitment team within the OneStop area early on, and then once confirmed as an accepted Clermont student, receives PTA major receives advising. After being accepted into the Core PTA cohort via the special admissions process, one of the primary professors becomes his or her advisor.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find small class size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

As an allied health student, you will be taking your core courses at UC East. It's just a few miles away, on the east side of Batavia, and is a short drive from our main campus. It has plenty of parking, ample study areas, and computer labs available for student use.  An exercise room and bicycles are available for use between classes.

We maintain active partnerships with local clinical facilities, educational consortia, the state physical therapist association and licensing boards.  We collaborate with the Doctor of Physical Therapy students on Clifton campus as well as the other allied health programs at UC East.

Admission Requirements

UC Clermont College is an open admissions campus. If you have your high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent, we will admit you to the college. We accept applications all year long and you may start any semester. Financial aid takes 6-8 weeks to process. We recommend that you apply at least 10 weeks prior to your desired attendance.

Admission to the physical therapist assistant technical core is on an annual and competitive basis, requiring a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75 plus two 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.  Admission to the physical therapist assisting major does not guarantee acceptance into the technical core curriculum.

Admission to the second-year technical core is a competitive admission process and requires a separate application during November-January of your first year.  Information sessions and application assistance nights are held to guide and assist students through the application process. 

Once admitted to the technical core, you will also be required to submit a criminal background check, BLS Provider CPR certification, physical examination, two-step or Quantiferon TB test, and proof of current immunizations.  Some clinics require standard panel drug screenings and/or recent proof of TB testing (within 90 days of clinical rotation).

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please contact the state licensing authority in the state in which you hope to be licensed before beginning training in the PTA program to determine if your conviction would prohibit you from practicing as a physical therapist assistant. Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana all require background checks as part of their standard licensing application process.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.  If a student has sufficient ACT or SAT scores, he or she may not be required to take the placement tests.

Transferring to UC Requirements

To transfer to UC Clermont, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

You must also meet all the admissions requirements of a beginning student. You must also separately apply for admission to the technical core for the PTA program.  Please see your academic advisor to see how this applies to you.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing a change of major form.  The College recommends you see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.  The advising office can be reached at at 513-732-5205  

You must also meet all the admissions requirements of a beginning student. You must also apply separately for admission to the technical core.  Please see your academic advisor to see how this applies to you.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513) 556-2069 for details, or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or visit OneStop Services (513) 732-5200 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

You should plan to start physical therapist assisting in the fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring. You must also apply separately for admission into the technical core at the end of your first semester.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The program was first accredited through the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health in 1987. Transfer of sponsorship to Clermont College was approved in November 2009, maintaining its full accreditation status. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education has re-accredited this program until December 31, 2026.

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.

To confirm the current CAPTE accreditation status for the program, please visit the program site.

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Contact

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu

Physical Therapist Assistant Curriculum

Fall Semester FIRST Year Fall Semester SECOND Year
ENGL 1001 English Composition 3 hours PTA 2020C PTA Cardiopulmonary Rehab 3 hours
BIOL 2001C Anatomy & Physiology 1 4 hours PTA 2030C PTA Neurorehabilitation 1 3 hours
PSYC 1001 Intro to Psychology 3 hours PTA 2040C PTA Musculoskeletal Rehab 2 3 hours
CHEM 1020   Intro to Bio Chemistry 3 hours PTA 2070 PTA Clinical Education 2 2 hours
ALH 1005 Health Care Edge 1 hour

HU Elective (if not taken)

OR

ENGL 2089 Intermediate Composition

3 hours
Credit Total 14 hours Credit Total 11-14 hours
       
Spring Semester FIRST Year Spring Semester SECOND Year
BIOL 2002C  Anatomy & Physiology 2 4 hours PTA 2050C PTA Clinical Integration & Integumentary Study 3 hours
MATH 1021 or STAT 1031 or STAT 1034 3 hours PTA 2060 PTA Seminar 1 hour
PHYS 1005C Allied Health Physics 3 hours PTA 2080 PTA Clinical Education 3 3 hours
PTA 1001 Intro to PT Assistant and Ethics 3 hours PTA 2031C PTA Neurorehabilitation 2 2 hours
HU (Optional) Elective 3 hours PTA 2041C PTA Musculoskeletal 3 2 hours
 

HU Elective (if not taken)

OR

ENGL 2089 Intermediate Composition

3 hours
Credit Total 13- 16 hours Credit Total 11-14 hours
       
Summer Semester FIRST Year    
PTA 2001c PTA Life Span Seminar 3 hours    
PTA 2002 PTA Informatics 2 hours Total technical hours 35 hours
PTA 2003 Clinical Seminar 1 hour Total non-technical hours 30 hours
PTA 2004 PTA Clinical Education 1 1 hour Total Clinical Education hours 6 hours
PTA 2010C PTA Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 1 1 hour Total hours-entire program 65 hours
ENGL 2089 Intermediate Composition (opt.)

OR

HU Elective if not taken
3 hours    
Credit Total 10- 13 hours Note: PTA 2004/2003 split into Seminar and clinical one credit each for ease of VA funding just approved