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), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703.706.3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If you need to contact the program/institution directly, please call 419.559.2308 or email asergent01@terra.edu.

Rates 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Graduation rate 77.8% 80% 62.5% 75% 55.6% 100% 100%
First-Time Licensure Pass Rate 83.3% 60% 80% 60% 50% 100% 100%
Ultimate Licensure Pass rate 100% 100% 80% 60% 66.7% 100% 100%
Employment rate (within 1 year following graduation) 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%


Two-Year Averages 2017
2021 2022 2022
Graduation rate 78.9% 71.3% 68.8% 65.3% 77.8% 100%
Ultimate Licensure Pass rate 100% 90% 70% 63.4% 83.4% 100%
Employment rate (within 1 year following graduation) 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

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 Brian Hall (419.559.2185).

Current Application Deadlines

Summer 2022 Application Timeline (Flexible deadlines may apply, and dates may be subject to change.)
LOI to Program Chair by: April 1, 2024
Completed Application Packet to Program Chair by: May 1, 2024
Applicant Day: May 23, 2024
Application status is determined by: May 30, 2024
Mandatory Orientation (D113): Mid-June 2024
Program Start Date: Late June 2024


Does Terra State have degree transfer options for other programs?

Click here to see Terra State’s other Degree Transfer Options

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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