Associate Degree

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree (AAS)

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Physical Therapist Assistant Degree (AAS)

Physical Therapist Assistant Degree

Important Update Regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Program as of May 2024
Program Conclusion:
After careful consideration, the college has made the decision to end the PTA program at the conclusion of the 2024–2025 academic year.  Terra State C.C. will continue to teach out the remaining PTA cohort and will no longer be accepting additional students at this time.
The program’s accrediting body, CAPTE, has been notified of this decision and the college will continue working with the organization during this teach-out period.
Contact Information: Terra State will continue to teach, support, and guide students during this transition. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out to PTA Program Chair Brian Hall at or call 419.559.2185.


The Associate of Applied Science Degree Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares graduates for a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. A physical therapist assistant performs a broad range of skilled clinical services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist and in a variety of health settings including hospital-based acute and outpatient; skilled nursing facilities; sub-acute rehabilitation hospitals; privately owned outpatient clinics; and home health agencies. Physical therapist assistants administer the patient treatment and interventions as directed by the supervising physical therapist; collect measures and other patient-related data; progress the patient within the parameters established by the supervising physical therapist; and document the treatment appropriately.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Graduates must pass the NPTE and a jurisprudence exam in order to become licensed as a physical therapist assistant in the state of Ohio. The jurisprudence exam is a test of the state’s laws and rules that pertain to physical therapy practice.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Achieve entry-level competence in all criteria as specified in the PTA Clinical Performance Instrument.
  • Exhibit professional conduct reflective of a commitment to meeting the expectations of members of society receiving health care services.
  • Demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and behaviors inherent to the provision of physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
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Potential Occupations

  • Physical Therapist Assistant


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