Physical Therapist Assistant
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.
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.
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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 affective 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 affective 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 or shethey 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.
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
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: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call the program coordinator at 513-558-5340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with questions.
Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.
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.
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.
AccreditationThe 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
To confirm the current CAPTE accreditation status for the program, please visit the program site.
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant
Full-Time Program Duration
UC Clermont & UC East
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
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)
ENGL 2089 Intermediate Composition
|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)
ENGL 2089 Intermediate Composition
|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.)
HU Elective if not taken
|Credit Total||10- 13 hours||Note: PTA 2004/2003 split into Seminar and clinical one credit each for ease of VA funding just approved|