Physical Therapist Assistant

As a Physical Therapist Assistant, you will provide hands-on treatment for individuals that have experienced a traumatic illness or injury. This career path will teach you to use modern technology and specialized techniques that improve physical independence

Employment settings include hospitals, sports medicine clinics, private offices, schools, home health and nursing homes.

Physical Therapy is one of the fastest growing occupations according to the Federal Bureau of Labor statistics.

Enrollment

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is part of the Health Sciences Division with limited enrollment of 26 students per year. Application must be completed by January of each year for admission to the program for the following Summer term.

Clinical Rotation

Clinical rotations begin in the second year of the program. Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of physical therapy facilities with numerous sites available throughout Ohio. At their request, previous students have been able to complete clinical experiences in Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

Program Goals

  1. Competently perform interventions under the supervision of the Physical Therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and effective manner.
  2. Accurately utilize data collection skills to assist the Physical Therapist
  3. Effectively communicate with the patient, patient’s family, caregivers and members of the health care team
  4. Correctly document patient interventions
  5. Educate health care providers, the community and government as it relates to physical therapy as required by the given situation
  6. Consistently support patients with regard for individual, cultural and economic differences
  7. Routinely display self-direction for career development and the ongoing process of learning
  8. Recognize the importance of research as it relates to physical therapy

$57,691Average Yearly Salary

Physical Therapist Assistant

Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment, and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

Program Outcomes

Year: 2016
Graduates: 96.4%
Exam Pass Rate*: 81%
Employment Rate**: 100%
Year: 2017
Graduates: 56.6%
Exam Pass Rate*: 94.1%
Employment Rate**: 86%
Year: 2 Year Average
Graduates: 76.5%
Exam Pass Rate*: 87%
Employment Rate**: 93%
* Overall pass rate for PTA graduates

** Six Months Post-Exam Passage Date for Physical Therapist Assistant

A PTA INFORMATION SESSION IS MANDATORY FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS. PLEASE CONTACT AUBREY PLACE AT 419-755-4806 (aplace@ncstatecollege.edu) FOR THE DATES AND TIMES.