Physical Therapist Assistant Technology





Program Introduction

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant Technology provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to become licensed or certified as a physical therapist assistant, who work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Licensure or certification in most states requires graduation from an accredited program, background clearances and passing the National Physical Therapy Examination.

The integrated curriculum includes lecture, lecture/lab, seminar and practicum courses. Major course content is cumulative and taught in four sequential semesters in a two year cycle. The technical study curriculum requires student to be on campus or in the clinic three to five days per week each term. The convenient and affordable PTA program is offered at both the Ashtabula and East Liverpool campuses featuring state-of-the-art laboratories, clinical experiences at local facilities, and guidance from our experienced faculty 

The Physical Therapist Assistant Technology major includes the following optional concentration:

  • The ATC+PTA Athletic Trainers Transition concentration is for board-certified athletic trainers and may be completed, at minimum, in 15 months. The concentration adds the skills and knowledge of a physical therapist assistant to the certified athletic trainers knowledge and skill competency. The concentration is offered primarily online and requires six three-day in person on the Ashtabula Campus to conduct laboratory assignments. In addition, students must complete a minimum 640 hours of clinical education, which, typically, can be arranged anywhere in the country.


This Program is Right For You If

  • Want to make a difference in the lives of patients and have freedom to do different things. The PTA is an important part of the rehabilitation team dedicated to returning the patient to maximal function. 
  • Desire to become a movement expert.  PTAs may provide therapeutic exercise, functional training, or soft tissue massage. PTAs may also provide electrotherapy, ultrasound, and other treatments when included in the plan of care for the patient.
  • Love your job and enjoy job security. The soaring demand for physical therapist assistants can be attributed to the aging population, particularly baby boomers who are more vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require physical therapy services. And the media annual wages of PTAs rank among the highest salaries in home health care services and nursing care facilities.

This Program Will Teach You To

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


The PTA program has a two-step application process:

The following dates have been updated on 3/17/2020 to reflect the current state of emergency due to the COVID-19 Virus.

Because this continues to be an on-going issue and things change from day to day, please note that these dates are ALL SUBJECT TO CHANGE. You may contact PTA Program Director Tiffany Kiphart at or PTA Program Advisor, Katie Sutton at with any questions you may have.

If you have not completed all of your observation hours you should still complete your program application, we will be reviewing ALL applications regardless of completion of observation hours and will make decisions regarding admissions with some revisions of expectations of observation hours. These revisions are yet to be determined due to the changing nature of the current levels of emergency.

Other Dates: Please note that ALL dates requiring on campus face to face time are SUBJECT TO CHANGE

  • May 4, 2020 the top 45 applicants will be notified of their need to attend Applicant Assessment Da
  • May 11, 2020 Applicant Assessment Day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (please be prepared to be available during this time, you will be assigned a time
  • May 12, 2020 final decisions of admissions to PTA program will be made
  • May 15, 2020 register for summer session of A and P I if needed

Fall Courses Begin: August 27, 2020

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:

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:


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.