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?

Career Opportunities

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?


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Terra State Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 419.559.2185 or email mpatriz01@terra.edu.

Rates 2016 2017 2018 2019
Graduation rate 87.5% 77.8% 80% 62.5%
Ultimate Licensure Pass rate 100% 100% 100% 80%
Employment rate (within 1 year following graduation) 100% 100% 100% 50%

Application Instructions

  1. Apply to Terra State
  2. Have official transcripts for all previously completed college coursework sent to the attention of the Records Department for transfer credit determination
  3. 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)
  4. Direct any questions to either Melissa Patrizi (419.559.2185) or Christine Stark (419.559.2349)

Current Application Deadlines

Summer 2021 Application Timeline
LOI to Program Chair by: December 1, 2020
Completed Admission Packet to Program Chair by: January 31, 2021
Applicant Day: February 19, 2021
Application Status Determined by: March 1, 2021
Mandatory Orientation (D113): April 16, 2021
Program Start Date: May 17, 2021


Meet our Physical Therapist Assistant faculty

Our PTA faculty are happy to answer any questions you have about the program.

Faculty & Staff Directory

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