Physical Therapist Assisting Program
Area of Study: Physical Therapist Assisting Technology
Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assisting Technology
Program Location: Metropolitan Campus
Program Start: Each new cohort of PTA students starts in the fall semester. The program currently accepts up to 24 new students each year.
Application Deadline: There is no application deadline. The PTA program accepts applicants with ALL application requirements completed, on first-come basis, into the next available cohort.
If you are not already an active Tri-C student, you must first apply to the college. If you are interested in more than one health careers program, you must submit a separate health careers application for each program. You may only apply to three programs at one time.
What is a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)?
- A PTA is a licensed healthcare professional who helps people to recover from accidents, injuries, illnesses, strokes and other debilitating events by providing skilled physical therapy treatment.
- A PTA helps people by promoting wellness, easing pain, improving mobility, increasing strength and restoring function.
- A PTA uses treatment interventions such as therapeutic exercise, gait and balance training, transfer training, heat and cold therapy, mechanical and electrical modalities and manual techniques.
What kind of person makes a good PTA?
- If you have an interest in anatomy, exercise and physical fitness, you might enjoy the physical therapy field.
- If you like to help people and enjoy working with body movement, this would be an active and rewarding career.
- If you have good critical thinking skills and strong study habits, you will be able to handle the rigorous PTA program curriculum.
Why should I choose Tri-C’s PTA program?
- Tri-C students get clinical experience with real patients at more than 75 clinical sites throughout Northeast Ohio, including all major medical centers.
- The Tri-C PTA program has a brand-new, state-of-the-art laboratory facility with the latest equipment and technology.
- The Tri-C PTA Program participates with other health care programs in our on-campus Preventative Care Center (PCC), giving students the unique opportunity to learn in a supervised environment while providing physical therapy treatment to members of the community, while also collaborating with doctoral physical therapy students and faculty from Cleveland State University.