Kent State University offers two different courses designed to meet the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) competency requirements.

PTST 21095 ST: PTA Competencies for the Foreign Trained PT (Section 1) is approved by the FCCPT to offer the following for competency credit:

Role of the PTA and Value Based Behaviors

Isolation Techniques

Wound Dressing Application, Removal and Precautions

Compression Therapies

Infection Control



Sterile Techniques

Wheelchair Management

Body Mechanics


Cognition, Pain and Arthropometic Characteristics

Competencies for the Foreign Trained PT (Section 2) is an elective course that provides the student with instructional activities and outcomes assessments in selected interventions and data collection skills and the role AND RELATIONSHIP of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) and the physical therapist (PT).  The course provides the student with instructional activities and outcomes assessments, as well as skill acquisition in a hands-on laboratory format in the provision of physical therapist services for the entry-level physical therapist assistant (PTA) and physical therapist competency content for the foreign trained PT.  The course content and student outcomes are specifically designed to meet the credentialing standards of the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT). The following topics are covered in the course:

Role of the PTA in PTA-PT Relationship and Communication

Value Based Behaviors

Test and Measures:

Self Care

Home Management

Ergonomics, Body Mechanics

Community, Work, Job, School, Play Reintegration

Environmental, Home, Work Barriers

Data Collection:

Self Care

Home Management Interventions: Traction, Compression, Biofeedback


Self-Care, Home Management

Function Training


Community, Work Functional Training

These 5-week courses are offered 3 times per year (one time per semester). All lecture materials are taught and tested online, however skill competency instruction and testing requires a mandatory on-campus lab day during the final week of the course.

Tuition and fees for each 3-credit hour course is approximately $2000. Textbooks are recommended but not required. Travel, meals and lodging to attend the one day lab is an additional cost to enrolled students.

Please note that Guest Students are not able to access financial aid to cover the cost of any competency course through Kent State University.  Further inquiries can be sent to Kent State University at Ashtabula Financial Aid office. Kent State University PTA program is not responsible for decisions regarding tuition or residency status.

Official transcripts are available from the Registrar six weeks after the conclusion of the course.

Please note that all foreign trained competency courses at Kent State University have limited available seats. When a course is full, no more students can be placed in the course. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis and no seats are held for any student. The student is responsible to register for the course and must follow the admissions and registration process as noted in the information provided below. These courses are offered every semester and if you are not able to secure a seat in the session of your choice, you are welcome to enroll in the next available session.

Email Theresa Hootman, Program Secretary, for the course schedule (please provide your full name) and to notify her when you have applied. 

Becoming a Kent State University Student

The first step is to apply for admission to Kent State University as a non-degree seeking guest student. Please use the information below regarding immigration status and the application that should be used to ensure your application is processed correctly:   

Information regarding immigration status:
The following questions will help you complete the application process correctly. 
Are you a domestic or international student? Use the information above to determine whether you are a domestic or international guest student
What degree level are you applying for:
Are you applying to: A program with all or most classes on a campus
Select Student Type: Guest
Select Campus:  Ashtabula
Applying for what Semester:  Fall 2019