Students will become skilled technical health workers who assist the physical therapist in patient treatment. They will develop knowledge & skills in the appropriate use of equipment & exercises associated with various physical therapy treatments.
In order to accomplish these tasks, the major utilizes a combination of basic science and non-science course work coupled with health education courses specifically designed for the physical therapist assistant. The program culminates with a full semester of clinical experience.
The size of each entering class is limited so that optimal clinical experiences and practical application situations can be maintained.
Students are admitted into the program only during the fall semester and must progress through the program in the prescribed manner. Students are required to attend a mandatory PTA specific orientation.
Students will have access to the PTA handbook via the CANVAS course management program, beginning in PT 100 (Introduction to Physical Therapy) and throughout the program.
Clinical affiliations are maintained over a wide geographical area. Students may be required to make special housing and transportation arrangements during the clinical phase.
For the Associate in Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, a minimum of 68 credits is required.
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PTA Associate Degree
For Admissions questions or course transfer options, please contact Penn State Shenango Admissions department:Lecture Hall 225
If you are interested, please contact:
PTA Program Coordinator and Instructor
Phone: (724) 983-2867
For admissions information, contact the Shenango Admissions Office at (724) 983-2803.