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Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

  • Nation’s first ATC-to-PTA program

  • State-of-the-art PT lab on campus

  • Accredited PTA Program since 1988

  • Career Highlight: 22% job growth rate

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology (PTST) provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to become licensed or certified as a physical therapist assistant.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work as part of a team to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. PTAs implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatment), obtain data related to the interventions provided, and make modifications in selected interventions.

PTAs assist the physical therapist (PTs) in the treatment of individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very old, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTs and PTAs use a variety of treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. PTAs provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

Employment as a PTA requires state licensure or certification, medical and background clearances, as well as the ability to perform the core tasks and essential job functions of a PTA. Applicants for licensure or certification are required to pass background clearances, be a graduate of an accredited PTA Program, and pass the National Physical Therapy Examination.

The AAS-PTST degree requires successful completion of 66 semester hours, including 16 technical courses offered only on the Ashtabula and East Liverpool campuses in a two year sequence. Students who are Board Certified Athletic Trainers may be admitted to the Athletic Trainers Transition (AAS-PTST-ATT) concentration. The ATT concentration is primarily online, requires six 3-day lab weekends on the Ashtabula campus, and can be completed in as little as 15 months. All PTST students must complete a minimum of 640 hours of clinical education.

Admission to technical studies for the AAS-PTST degree is limited and selective. Students considering a career as a physical therapist assistant should meet regularly with a PTST advisor to discuss program expectations and admission requirements.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Technology program at Kent State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: website:

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Tiffany Kiphart, PTA Program Director at 440-964-4579 or via email

GPS and Catalog Entry for PTST 2018-2019

For More Information on Physical Therapy Programs Offered

For more information on the physical therapy degree programs offered at Kent State East Liverpool, please contact Debbie Riggs, Program Secretary, at 330-382-7448 or by e-mail at She will be happy to provide additional information about our degree programs and the admissions process.

Complaints, Concerns & Compliments

Feedback is welcome and appreciated regarding the AAS-PTST degree program at Kent State University, including the curriculum, outcomes, students, or faculty. Please put any comments in writing to the assistant dean: Ashtabula Campus:; East Liverpool Campus: