Physical Therapy Assistant Schools In Ohio

Physical therapy assistant schools in Ohio are spread out across the state. They currently offer accredited PTA programs in 18 different locations, many of which are within easy reach of major metropolitan centers such as Cleveland, Toledo, Lima, and Dayton, but also others in smaller towns such as Marietta, Zanesville, and Portsmouth.

In the state of Ohio, physical therapist assistants need to be licensed in order to practice professionally. In order to be eligible to apply for a license, candidates have to show proof that they have completed a two-year training program that’s accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. That’s just one reason why it’s so important for a student considering PTA training to make sure that courses they consider have been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

You can find contact details for Ohio physical therapist assistant schools listed below. Almost all are public colleges, with one exception: Professional Skills Institute in Toledo. Schools normally offer their classes in a full-time day schedule. Professional Skills Institute has the option to study in the evening as well as during the daytime, and a few colleges (such as Clark State Community College and Kent State) may offer the lecture part of their course content online.

Are Online PTA Programs Available?

Physical Therapy Assistant Schools In Ohio

Online training courses are often an attractive idea to students who think that they may need to keep working at a part-time job while they study. This can be an effective method for students with appropriate independence, motivation, and study skills. But anyone considering this option for physical therapy assisting should be aware that, irrespective of the format of the rest of the course, all students have to attend lab classes and clinical experiences in person — the lab component on campus, and the clinical rotations in the college-approved offsite facility. Any PTA program is a rigorous course of study requiring a major commitment of time and energy to the preparation and completion of class assignments, so combining study with outside work requires careful thought. CAPTE does not accredit programs whose content is entirely in an online format.

Admission Criteria for Physical Therapy Assistant Schools In Ohio

The physical therapist assistant has a very important role in helping a licensed physical therapist deliver the plan of treatment that the PT has established. Training for this profession involves the acquisition of a wide range of theoretical, technical knowledge and applied skills, built on a sound general education foundation, and integrating strong interpersonal skills. In order to be eligible to apply for a program, students are normally expected to fulfil a range of conditions to show that they will be able to succeed in their training and subsequent career. Program admission is normally by selective entry, due to exacting course standards and limitations of space, both in class and the facilities used for clinical rotations.

Each school sets out its own admissions criteria, which normally include requirements such as:

  • satisfactory performance in reading and writing placement tests, or their equivalent
  • satisfactory results in math/algebra tests or college-level equivalents
  • a minimum performance (for example, grade C or better) in physics, chemistry, and other specified pre-requisite courses
  • a period of observation or work experience under the supervision of a PTA or a PT in one or more approved settings
  • a satisfactory health history, with a complete record of immunizations
  • professional first aid and CPR training
  • drug screening and background criminal check

Curriculum for PTA Training in Ohio Schools

Different schools in Ohio may structure their courses slightly differently, but it’s usual for a program to be completed in 4 to 6 semesters, culminating in the award of an Associate’s degree. Program components are likely to include the following topics:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Physical Therapy Assistant Procedures
  • Biomechanics
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Therapeutic Modalities and Exercise
  • Human Growth and Development over the Lifespan
  • Rehabilitation
  • Trends and Issues in Physical Therapy

Contact details for currently accredited physical therapist assistant programs in Ohio are as follows:

Clark State Community College
570 East Leffel Lane
PO Box 570
Springfield, OH 45501-0570

Serving the needs of greater Springfield area, Clark State Community College became Ohio’s first technical College in the 1960s. It involved into its present status in 1988, and offers its lecture components for the PTA program online, and teaches its lab classes Leffel Lane campus.

Contact: Terri Dinsmore – Program Coordinator

Cuyahoga Community College
Health Careers Enrollment Center
2900 Community College Avenue, MHCS 126
Cleveland, OH 44115

Cuyahoga Community College (or Tri-C, as it is popularly known) has been operating since 1963 and was the first community college in Ohio. Their PTA program is currently a 21 month full-time schedule, although there are plans to develop a part-time alternative which will increase the course length by one year.

Contact: Toby Sternheimer

Hocking College
3301 Hocking Parkway
DVD 309
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Hocking’s PTA program is taught in the School of Allied Health at the colleges 2300 acre Nelsonville campus. The program is divided into one year of general education courses and one year of technical classes and clinical practicums.

Contact: Katherine Kropf – Program Coordinator

James A Rhodes State College
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804-3597

Rhodes State shares its Lima campus with Ohio State University. It has been offering its accredited PTA program since 1993.

Contact: Angela M Heaton – Program Chair

Kent State University (Ashtabula)
3300 Lake Rd. West
Ashtabula, OH 44004

Kent State Ashtabula is the northernmost of the university’s eight campuses, where classes have been taught since 1967. Its PTA program is offered in two different formats: the first (with an application deadline is March 15) is for Certified Athletic Trainers only. Other students should apply by September 15 for the traditional program.

Contact: Mike Blake – Program Director

Kent State University (East Liverpool)
400 East Fourth Street
East Liverpool, OH 43920-3497

East Liverpool is Kent State’s smallest campus. The PTA program accepts 28 students through selective entry, with an application deadline at the beginning of May.

Contact: Debbie Riggs

Lorain County Community College
Division of Allied Health and Nursing
1005 North Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035

Based in Elyria, OH, LCCC’s PTA program has a five semester schedule and leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

Contact: John T Myers – Program Coordinator
800-995-5222 x7881

Marion Technical College
1467 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302-5694

MTC shares its 180 acre campus with the Marion Campus of Ohio State University. The PTA Program is spread over several quarters, and applications for upcoming students are due by the end of April.

Contact: Susan P Cotterman
740-389-4636 x329

North Central State College
2441 Kenwood Circle
PO Box 698
Mansfield, OH 44901-0698

NCSC shares its site with Ohio State University at the 644 acre Mansfield campus. It accepts 28 students each year into the PTA program, with an application deadline in January.

Contact: Carol Cariglio-Wolfe – Program Director

Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Road, Room 525
Toledo, OH 43699-1947

Owens Community College offers its PTA program from its Toledo campus. 26 students are accepted each year, and there is an early February deadline for the program starting in the fall.

Contact: Cynthia Doyle

Professional Skills Institute
5115 Glendale Ave
Toledo, OH 43614

PSI is a private university that specializes in allied health care training. Its PTA programs are offered in day or evening schedules, and courses start in July and October.

Contact: Colleen C Macdonald-Mason – Program Director

Shawnee State University
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Established in 1986, SSU is the newest state university in Ohio, located in the southern part of the state in Portsmouth. It typically accepts between 25 and 30 students to its PTA program each year out of a pool of between 60 to 90 applicants.

Contact: Neil Evans – Program Leader

Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Dayton, OH 45402

Sinclair is located in downtown Dayton, and is one of the largest community college campuses by enrolment in the country. The PTA program is available on the College’s main campus, or on the Courseview campus, starting in the fall.

Contact: Colleen Whittington – Program Chair

Stark State College of Technology
Health Technologies Division
6200 Frank Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44720

SSCT shares its campus with Kent State University Stark Campus on a 200 acre site near North Canton. Its PTA program lasts five semesters, and applicants need to have completed two 25-hour periods of volunteer work in two different locations.

Contact: Wallace Linville – Program Coordinator
330-494-6170 x4619

University of Cincinnati Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103-1785

The PTA program at UC Clermont is divided into a year of general coursework and preparatory physical therapy classes. The second year main PT program is by separate admission, and is dependent on satisfactory performance in the first.

Contact: Sam Coppoletti – Program Coordinator

Washington State Community College
710 Colegate Drive
Marietta, OH 45750

WSCC accepts 20 students through selective entry each year into its PTA program. 50+ volunteer hours in two separate locations are required, and three testimonials, preferably from physical therapists or assistants. Candidates must also write an essay as part of their application, explaining their motives for wishing to become a PTA.

Contact: Kimberly D Salyers
740-374-8716 x1692

Zane State College
1555 Newark Road
Zanesville, OH 43701

Zane State shares a campus with Ohio University-Zanesville, and offers a PTA program over several quarters beginning each year in the fall.

Contact: Lori Wahl – Program Director

To find out more about the admissions requirements and curriculum content of physical therapy assistant schools in Ohio, interested students are recommended to get in touch with a faculty advisor or the program director, and look up dates of upcoming information sessions.

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