What is a Physical Therapist Assistant?
Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) assist physical therapists in helping individuals regain the ability to function at their maximum physical ability and provide select interventions to achieve the goals the physical therapist has set for an individual’s recovery that lead to healthier and more active lifestyles. If you like helping people and enjoy hands-on work, this could be the career for you.
Students in this program learn the technical and communication skills needed to become a successful PTA. At Terra State, our PTA students have the ability to multi-task, are compassionate, detail-oriented, have good interpersonal skills, are well-organized and self-motivated. Does this describe you?
Graduates of our Physical Therapist Assistant program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Learn more about this career below or check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What degree or certificate can I earn?
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Terra State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 419.559.2185 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|First-Time Licensure Pass Rate||78.6%||83.3%||60%||80%||60%|
|Ultimate Licensure Pass rate||100%||100%||100%||80%||60%|
|Employment rate (within 1 year following graduation)||100%||100%||100%||100%||100%|
- Apply to Terra State
- Have official transcripts for all previously completed college coursework sent to the attention of the Records Department for transfer credit determination
- Complete the PTA Program Application, following all published deadlines and requirements (PDF version of application here when the application is open: June through January each year)
- Direct any questions to either Melissa Patrizi (419.559.2185) or Tim Shaal (419.559.2416)
Current Application Deadlines
|Summer 2022 Application Timeline|
|LOI to Program Chair by:||December 1, 2021|
|Completed Application Packet to Program Chair by:||January 31, 2022|
|Applicant Day:||February 18, 2022|
|Application Status Determined by:||March 1, 2022|
|Mandatory Orientation (D113):||April 15, 2022|
|Program Start Date:||May 16, 2022|
Does Terra State have degree transfer options for other programs?
Meet our Physical Therapist Assistant faculty
Our PTA faculty are happy to answer any questions you have about the program.