Physical Therapist Assistant Technology

Physical Therapist Assistant Technology Associate Degree 

At Kent State East Liverpool, the Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology provides students with the skills needed to become a PTA. Our on-campus facilities give students hands-on experience, and our curriculum is designed to help students succeed on the National Physical Therapy Examination.  

Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of a physical therapist and are an integral part of the rehabilitation team dedicated to returning the patient to their maximum function. PTAs are movement experts and are able to provide therapeutic exercise, functional training, and soft tissue massage as well as other treatments like electrotherapy or ultrasound. 

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Format and Outcomes

Kent State East Liverpool’s convenient and affordable PTA program is taught in four sequential semesters over two years. Physical therapist assistant students are required to be on campus or in the clinic three to five days per week for the technical portion of the PTA degree. Our integrated curriculum includes lectures, combined lectures/labs, seminars, and practicum courses. Students will learn through experiences in state-of-the-art laboratories, clinical experiences at local facilities, and guidance from our experienced faculty

Our associate degree program will prepare you to become a skilled PTA who can: 

  • Provide appropriate and effective physical therapy interventions within the plan of care established by a physical therapist
  • Produce legal and ethical documentation to meet professional expectations and the needs of third-party payers
  • Ethically manage fiscal and human resource responsibilities to provide high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective physical therapy services
  • Effectively communicate with others, teaching or instructing when appropriate.
  • Consistently demonstrate the values of a physical therapist/therapy assistant: altruism, care and compassion, duty, professional and social responsibility, integrity, commitment to continuing competence, and collaboration with physical therapists.

The PTA program includes the following optional concentration for board-certified athletic trainers. The ATC+PTA Athletic Trainers Transition concentration adds the skills and knowledge of a physical therapist assistant to the certified athletic trainer’s knowledge and skill competency. The concentration is offered primarily online and requires six three-day visits to conduct in-person assignments at Kent State’s Ashtabula campus as well as 640 minimum hours of clinical education. 

FCCPT Competency Requirements Courses

Once per semester, the East Liverpool campus also offers Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT) competency requirements courses for those with non-US credentials in physical therapy who wish to convert them to US standards; space is limited for these 5-week courses.  

Admission to the PTA Associate Degree Program 

The PTA program has a multi-step, selective admission process. 

  1. Apply online to Kent State University. Select the East Liverpool campus, and choose the Physical Therapist Assistant Technology major.
  2. Once you have met the requirements to enter the PTA program, submit a program-specific application.  

To be admitted to the technical portion of the program, you must be an admitted Kent State student who has declared a major in AAS-PTST and have met all the minimum qualifications. The minimum qualifications include proper submission of the technical study application, a minimum 2.7 GPA and completion of all developmental coursework in math and english - competency in writing, reading and algebra. Please consult the more detailed application information for the technical part of the degree

Career Opportunities for Physical Therapist Assistants in Ohio 

Our physical therapist assistant technology program has very strong Student Outcomes Data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that there will be 27% growth in this field from 2018-2028, mostly due to the aging population who will require physical therapy services. Becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant prepares students to work in many healthcare settings, including: 

  • Outpatient clinics and physical therapist offices
  • Sports rehabilitation center
  • Hospital
  • Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities
  • Home health services and hospice centers
  • Travel PTA roles/positions affiliated with the US military

The median annual wages of PTAs rank among the highest salaries in in-home healthcare services and nursing facilities. In May 2019, the median annual wage was nearly $59,000 for a physical therapist assistant. 

Program Accreditation

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

Professional Licensure Disclosure 

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Learn More About Our PTA Program at Kent State East Liverpool

With an associate degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology, our students are prepared to be licensed PTAs in Ohio. If you are interested in applying to the Kent State East Liverpool PTA program, you can request more information.

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