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Regional College
East Liverpool
Regional College

The Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology program is offered at the Ashtabula and East Liverpool campuses. The degree program also offers an optional Athletic Trainers Transitions concentration, which is a transition program for post-baccalaureate students with athletic training certification. It is a 15-month blended-format program with online courses and two weekend lab classes each semester on the Ashtabula Campus.With the successful completion of the program, graduates are awarded the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology and are eligible to take the licensing examination given by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Physical therapist assistants provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain, and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients.  Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to provide exercise, instruction; therapeutic methods like electrical stimulation, mechanical traction, and ultrasound; massage; and gait and balance training. Physical therapist assistants record the patient's responses to treatment and report the outcome of each treatment to the physical therapist.

The associate degree in physical therapist assistant technology program reserves the right to initiate changes in the program as deemed necessary for maintaining quality education for the students.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapist assistants held about 70,000 jobs in 2012. Physical Therapist Assistants work with physical therapists in a variety of settings. About 72 percent of jobs were in offices of other health practitioners and in hospitals. Others worked primarily in nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, and outpatient care centers.

Job prospects for physical therapist assistants are expected to grow much faster than average because of increasing demand for physical therapy services. Nationally there are 41,200 projected job openings from 2010-2020. Median annual wages of physical therapist assistants were 52,160 in 2012. (Source:  O*NET Online for the U.S. Department of Labor)

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the program should meet with the campus program director. Applicants not admitted directly to the program may be admitted as pre-major students. Detailed information and requirements for admission may be obtained from the Ashtabula or East Liverpool campus program offices. Minimum admission cumulative GPA 2.7. Minimum C (2.0) grade for all program courses.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 66 credit hours. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA and in major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Provide services that include safe, appropriate and effective physical therapy interventions and data collection within the plan of care established by a physical therapist.

2. Provide services that include effective communication with others, teaching or instructing when appropriate.

3. Provide services that include documentation to meet the legal and ethical expectations of the profession and third party regulators.

4. Provide services that include ethical, efficient and cost-effective fiscal and human resource management.

5. Provide services that include consistent  demonstration of the value-based behaviors of a PTA: Altruism, Caring and Compassion, Continuing Competence, Duty, Integrity, PT/PTA Collaboration, Responsibility and Social Responsibility.


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Student Organizations

See individual campuses.

Type Legend: KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts; KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences


Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core requirements.


Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience* 1
II. MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (18-40 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits




Medical Terminology (3)
Medical Billing Terminology (2)
Medical Terminology (1)
  PTST 10000 Introduction for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
    10001 Principles of Patient Care in Physical Therapy 4
    10003 Clinical Conditions I    2
    11005 Physical Therapy Practice 1
    11092 Practicum in Clinical Education I 1
    20001 Therapeutic Communications in Physical Therapy 1
    20006 Physical Rehabilitation Procedures 4
    20008 Clinical Conditions III 2
Below are additional major requirements for students not declared in the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration.
  PTST 10002 Analysis of Movement 4
    10004 Physical Therapy Procedures I 4
    20003 Clinical Conditions II 2
    20004 Physical Therapy Procedures II 4
    22005 Physical Therapy Seminar 1
    22007 Physical Therapy Capstone 1
    22092 Practicum in Clinical Education II 2
    23092 Practicum in Clinical Education III 2
Type Course Title Credits
  NURS 20950 Human Growth and Development 3
KSS PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
Below are additional requirements for students not declared in the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration.
KBS BSCI 11010 Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health** 3
KBS   11020 Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health** 3
  Kent Core Composition 6
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts 3
  Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning 3
  Kent Core Social Sciences 3

* Course is waived for students declared in the Athletic Trainers Transition concentration.

** Students who have successfully completed BSCI 20020 Biological Structure and Function may use that course in place of BSCI 11020 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health II. They are still required to take BSCI 11010 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health I. Students who have successfully completed ATTR/EXSC 25057/25058  Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II may use those courses in place of BSCI 11010/11020 Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health I/II.


Minimum C (2.000) grade for all required courses. All PTST courses require the minimum C (2.000) grade in theory and a “passing” designation in the clinical and laboratory components to progress to the next course in the program sequence



Athletic Trainers Transition concentration

For semester-by-semester sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

I.  CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (42 credits)* courses count in major GPA
Type Course Title Credits
  PTST 10010 Transitions in Physical Therapy* 8
  Upon successful completion of PTST 10010, certified athletic trainers are awarded transfer credit for PTST 20003 (2) and PTST 20004 (4) 6
  Kent Core Requirements (transfer credits) 22
  PTST 22010 Transitions to Physical Therapy Practice* 2
    22392 Practicum in Athletic Training Plus Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Education* 4

* Permission of director required