Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

Program Objective

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Penn State Shenango helps to prepare individuals to become skilled health care workers who assist physical therapists in patient treatment. Students can learn and develop skills in the appropriate use of exercise and therapeutic modalities.

Admissions Policies for the Physical Therapy Assistant program

Students are admitted to the PTA program for the fall semester only and there are a limited number of spaces available each year.

There are two distinct categories of applicants to the PTA program; first year and transfer applicants. First year applicants are evaluated on the basis of a combination of factors including cumulative high school grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, and high school curriculum.Transfer students are defined as those students who have attempted 18 or more credits at a regionally accredited college or university. Transfer students will be evaluated on the cumulative grade point average for all college level courses attempted.

Current or previous Penn State students can also enter the program through re-enrollment or as a change of major/change of campus and will be evaluated on their cumulative Penn State grade point average and performance in Biology 129 (anatomy).


PTA Program at Penn State Shenango is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail:accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org

The University receives its accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Penn State was first accredited in 1921 and reaffirmed in 2005. The next self-study evaluation will be 2014-2015. The most recent Periodic Review Report was submitted June 2010. The Statement of Accreditation Status is housed in the Office of the President located in University Park. The current Statement of Accreditation Status can be viewed at: http://www.msche.org/documents/SAS/351/Statement%20of%20Accreditation%20Status.htm.

The Pennsylvania State University is authorized to grant associate degrees, and the accreditation status granted by Middle States Commission on Higher Education includes such degrees. As detailed in the Statement of Accreditation Status, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education recognizes the U.S. Secretary of Education’s approval of the Commission Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education to accredit physical therapist assistant programs.