Start a career in the exciting allied health field of rehabilitation by pursuing an Associate’s in Applied Science degree from the Owens Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program.
The program prepares students to become licensed physical therapist assistants who, under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, work with patients to improve mobility and function. Treatments may include prescribed exercises for strength, coordination, balance and flexibility as well as the application of various modalities to reduce pain, inflammation and to promote healing. A licensed physical therapist assistant may work in a variety of health care settings including hospitals, sports medicine facilities, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, in-home care and schools. Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the state licensing examination.
The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to provide a comprehensive curriculum to prepare PTA graduates to serve patients and the medical community through education, empowerment, and quality rehabilitation. PTA students are our program’s success.
Owens Community College strives to prepare Physical Therapist Assistants who are at the top of their field integrating knowledge, skill, and competence in patient care. Owens PTA program graduates will have a positive impact on their communities and the physical therapy profession.
Department of Therapeutic Services
|The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Owens Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 567-661-2984 or email Bradley_wood3@owens.edu (Accredited to June 2018)
Faculty and students in the PTA program become members of the American Physical Therapist Association (APTA), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-1488, phone number 703-684-APTA (2782) or 800-999-2782 web address www.apta.org. Students also have opportunity to join the student Physical Therapist Assistant organization.
Program Goals and Outcomes
The Outcome Statements of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program reflect the philosophy of the College and the program. They are designed to guide the content of the curriculum to ensure that the essential educational outcomes and the needs of the health care community are met. Much content is included in the curriculum to meet each of the following. Outcomes are progressed and reinforced through clinical education experiences.
Outcome 1: The Program will graduate individuals who are safe with patient care. This is first assessed in the lab and then verified by with stakeholders in clinic. In lab, students are required to properly complete every safety element on all practical exams. Additionally, during clinical experience (PTA 215 ), a student must be scored by one or more of his/her CIs as ‘Entry Level’ performance on CPI item #1 (Safety). Thirdly, we use the PTA site visit/phone call form, two times during each clinical rotation, for a total of six checks that the students perform safely.
Outcome 2: The Program will graduate individuals who demonstrate cultural sensitivity in their interactions. This is assessed in the classroom and then verified by stakeholders in clinic. In Introduction to PTA (PTA 101 ), students complete a book report assignment. Titles allowed give insight to a patient or caregiver perspective of disease and its toll, and students answer questions based on the texts. Students are required to attend a community group session/class which centers on a specific list of diseases/pathologies. These sessions/classes provide caregiver or patient support for those suffering, and students answer questions based on their experience. Following the cultural sensitivity module of the course, at least 90% of students will pass their cultural sensitivity project (with at least a “C” grade of 74%). Additionally, during clinical experiences (PTA 215 ), a student must be scored by one or more of his/her CIs at ‘Entry Level’ performance on CPI item #4 (Cultural Competence).
Outcome 3: The Program will graduate individuals who demonstrate effective clinical problem solving skills. Although this skill is addressed and reinforced in nearly every classroom and laboratory course, quantifying this outcome in the academic setting is challenging. Accordingly, the Program uses clinical and survey outcomes to assess success. During clinical experiences (PTA 215 ), a student must be scored by one or more of his/her CIs at ‘Entry Level’ performance on the CPI item #7 (Clinical Problem Solving). At/after graduation, clinical problem solving is verified by an employer survey (question 4). The Program’s expectation is that at least 90% of the survey respondents will verify that graduates are effective clinical problem solvers.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate the skills necessary for entry-level contemporary clinical practice.
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate entry-level performance (as determined by the CPI web and the CPI web rubric) by the end of their final clinical experience. From the PTA 215 syllabus (page 5), “Entry Level: A student who is capable of completing tasks, clinical problem solving, and interventions/data collection for patients with simple or complex conditions under general supervision of the physical therapist. At this level, the student is consistently proficient and skilled in simple and complex tasks, clinical problem solving, and interventions/data collection. The student consults with others to resolve unfamiliar or ambiguous situations. The student is capable of maintaining 100% of a full-time physical therapist assistant’s patient care workload in a cost effective manner with direction and supervision from the physical therapist.”
In the rare occasion when a student is unable to meet this expectation (for example, a student’s second and third clinical experience sites do not offer an opportunity for electrotherapeutic modalities), the ACCE has the responsibility to assess the performance through other assignments or assessments.
Outcome 2: Graduates will successfully pass every individual practical exam and course with at least a grade of “C.” The program expects that students’ cognitive and psychomotor skills support our graduate goal. By mandating students pass every individual practical exam and every course with a grade of at least a “C,” our graduates will successfully have obtained the skills the Program believes are necessary for entry-level practice.
Outcome 3: Graduates will have at least an 84% first-time NPTE pass rate. Another way we validate that our graduates have the skills necessary for entry-level clinical practice is through their performance on the NPTE. Looking at the graduates from the past four completed test years (2013-2016), we have a 90% ultimate pass rate. The Program has a goal of a 95% first-time pass rate; however, recognizing this is a difficult standard to consistently reach, we have identified 84% as our first-time pass rate threshold (based upon FSBPT’s first-time attempt average over the past five years).
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Professional Course Format
Theory is presented in lectures. Students learn hands-on application skills during class laboratories. This provides a foundation of knowledge for students to refine skills during their clinical education. Students participate in approximately 720 clinical education hours before graduation. Students must complete a physical exam prior to starting their clinical education and are responsible for the costs (approx. $300).
Selective Health Program Admission Process
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Applicants must have a complete file in the Records Office by established deadline dates. If you were previously evaluated and denied, and wish to be re-evaluated for the same program or any other health program, you must submit another Request for Health Evaluation. To view file status, regularly check “My Required Documents” via Ozone.
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- Submit a Request for Health Program Evaluation by logging into your Ozone account. Select the Academic Info tab and navigate to the Selective Health portal and select Request a Health Evaluation.
Official transcripts are required from the applicant’s high school, college or university attended. If you have a GED, high school, or college transcript(s), please request an official copy be sent to:
Owens Community College
Attn: Records Office
P.O. Box 10,000
Toledo, OH 43699-1947
If you have an official, sealed copy of a transcript to drop off, visit Oserve on the Toledo or Findlay campus during regular hours, found at www.owens.edu/oserve, to submit.
Evaluation does not mean automatic admission to the program. Results of the Health Evaluation will be sent to your Owens email account approximately 1-2 weeks after the evaluation deadline date.
For assistance with the selective health program admission process, requirements, procedures and final date for receipt of application contact the Pre-Health Advising Advisor.
Effective August 15, 2017. For admission requirements prior to August 15, 2017, please refer 2016-17 Catalog.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program begins each fall semester. Applicants will be reviewed on January 15 once the following is complete.
- Twenty-four hours of verified observation in a physical therapy clinical practice under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant are required as part of the application. The observation hours need to be completed prior to application for admission to the program. Applicants are required to observe 8 hours in each of three settings: out-patient, acute or acute rehab at a hospital, and skilled care/nursing home. Please see the Physical Therapist Assistant Observation Form.pdf for additional information.
- Graduation from high school or successful completion of the GED (General Education Development) test is required. High school students may apply, but continuation in the program may be contingent upon submission of an official high school transcript verifying graduation.
- Official transcripts are required from any college or university attended.
- A grade of “C” or better in one of the following: one full credit of high school level chemistry, CHM 095 , a higher level college chemistry course or PHY 115 .
- A grade of “C” or better in one of the following: one full credit of high school level anatomy, biology, anatomy & physiology, BIO 101 , BIO 201 , BIO 202 , BIO 211 , or BIO 212 .
- Completion of the ACT or SAT.
- The first attempt of the most recent version of all four components of TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills).
- Some programs require observation hours.
- Some programs require an Ohio Department of Health approved Nurse Assistant Training Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) completed within two years of the beginning of the first SNHP Program clinical course.
Applicants should view “My Required Documents” in their student portal for a complete list of requirements.
Selective admissions points are earned as described below. A maximum of 50 points can be earned. A rank ordered list of applicants by point total will be developed. The applicants with the highest number of points will be offered a seat the program. The applicants with the next highest number of points will be offered a seat as an alternate.
Points are calculated based on the following:
1. Grade Point Average (GPA)
A maximum of 20 points can be earned based on the applicants most recent GPA:
A. Applicants who have completed 11 or more college credit hours, as specified below, will be reviewed using their college GPA. Three of the 11 college credit hours must include a math or science course. The only courses included in the calculation of college GPA are:
Math - the one, most recent, college level math course (MTH 101 or higher) which must be at least three credit hours.
Science - the most recent attempt at BIO 211 and / or BIO 212 .
Humanities or Social Science - the one, most recent, college level humanities or social science course which must be at least three credit hours.
Communication - the most recent attempt at ENG 111 .
B. If a college GPA is not applicable, the high school GPA on file at Owens Community College will be used.
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|3.5 - 3.69
|3.3 - 3.49
|3.1 - 3.29
|2.9 - 3.09
|2.7 - 2.89
|2.5 - 2.69
2. TEAS Entrance Assessment
A maximum of 16 points can be earned based on the applicant’s first attempt on the most recent version of TEAS in the areas of Reading, Science, English and Math.
Reading and Science - a maximum of five points can be earned in each area for a total of ten points.
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|80 - 89.9
|70 - 79.9
|60 - 69.9
English and Math - a maximum of three points can be earned in each area for a total of six points.
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|70 - 79.9
3. ACT or SAT Score
A maximum of eight points can be earned based on the most recent ACT or SAT score.
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4. Course Completion
A maximum of six points can be earned based on the first graded attempt of the following three courses. Points are not earned for grades of “C”.
|* The one, most recent, college level math course which must be at least three credit hours.
A minimum of 15 points out of a total of 50 points must be achieved in order to be considered for Physical Therapist Assistant Program Admission.
Extenuating, documentable situations may prevent a student from beginning a program for which a seat has been accepted. Students may petition the program manager or chair to explore the possibility of securing a seat in a future semester. Contact the program chair for additional information.
Criteria for a tied score:
The following criteria will be used to break a tie in the event of two or more students receiving the same number of points on the selection criteria tally form at the time of selection in the following order:
- Highest GPA points.
- Highest TEAS Entrance Assessment points.
- Most recent ACT Composite score points.
- Course completion points.
If two students are still tied after the above determinations have been made, a lottery system will be used to determine the selected candidate.
All students entering or enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must achieve a “C” or better in all program and general education courses within the plan of study to progress through the program. A student who fails to achieve a grade of “C” or better in any course within the plan of study must see the program director. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program must be completed within three years from the date of enrollment in the first program technical course.
All program courses listed for each semester must be taken in the semester listed.
Academic Readmission Policy
A student requesting readmission after dismissal for academic reasons must complete the following before being considered:
The student must contact an Advisor who will assist the student in the development of a written academic plan to resolve the academic problems.
The following requirements must be included in the academic plan before readmission:
Written notification to the Department Chair of the student’s intention to the PTA program at least 75 days prior to the start of the semester.
Provisions to retake all courses in which the student received a “D” or “F” grade with the goal of receiving a “C” grade or better upon repeating each course.
Demonstrate proficiency in written and/or lab examinations with a “C” or higher average.
The plan then is submitted to the Department Chair and Dean for approval. This plan must be completed and approved to continue enrollment in the College. Students are readmitted on a space available basis. No second readmission will be considered.
Non-Academic Readmission Policy
Students who complete at least one full semester of the PTA program may request readmission after withdrawal for non-academic reasons. If only one semester lapses, the student may re-enter if all requirements for class and clinical participation have been met. Intention needs to be expressed two weeks prior to readmission. If more than one semester lapses, the student must complete the following:
- Notify the Department Chair in writing of the student’s intention to return to the PTA program at least 75 days prior to the start of the semester if only absent more than one semester.
- Attend all appointments suggested by the Department Chair.
- Demonstrate proficiency in written and/or lab/examinations with a “C” or higher if absent more than one semester.
- Complete all course work within three years of program admittance.
The program includes three 6-week full-time clinical placements. Prior to the first clinical each student must have a physical by his/her physician including a statement that the student is fit for duty and free from communicable diseases. The results of the physical are effective for one year. In addition, the student must have blood tests done to verify immunity to specific diseases or have immunizations done prior to the clinical experiences.
Background Check Requirements
The program does not require a background check for admission or graduation. However, BCI and FBI background checks must be done as part of the state licensure application process in order to practice as a physical therapist assistant. Background checks by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are required for licensure. The student assumes the cost of the background checks. Final licensure eligibility based on an individual’s background is determined on a case by case basis during the licensure application process. For more information regarding background checks visit the following websites:
The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I), www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), www.fbi.gov
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) national licensure exam. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Passing the Ohio’s licensure exam also will allow graduates to obtain a license in nearly every other state by endorsement, because it is a national exam. Licensure is required to practice physical therapy and bill for services in the State of Ohio. Students are responsible for inquiring about licensing requirements before enrolling in the program. For more information regarding licensure application and requirements visit The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) website, www.fsbpt.org.
A qualified applicant with a disability is one who, with or without reasonable accommodations, can perform the same essential functions as a non-disabled person in the same position.
If a student has a disability or acquires one, he/she may be entitled to receive individualized services and/or accommodations intended to assure an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the program. To receive more information or to apply for services, please contact the Disability Resources Services Office at (567) 661-7007.
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The education and clinical skills acquired through the program, as well as successful passing of the state board exam qualify graduates for positions as licensed physical therapist assistant in settings such as:
- Home health care
- Skilled nursing facilities
- Comprehensive rehabilitation facilities
- Outpatient private practice clinics
- Corporate wellness facilities
- Outpatient hospital clinics
A successful graduate of the Owens Community College’s PTA program that passes the state licensing exam will become a licensed physical therapist assistant. The PTA assists the licensed Physical Therapist in delivering rehabilitative care to patients that range from newborn to elderly depending on the setting.
Growth and Income
According to the recent Ohio Bureau of Employment Services job growth projections, PTAs are in the top 20 for the fastest-growing occupations in Northwest Ohio. PTAs are ranked in top 15 in the State of Ohio. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists physical therapist assistants as one of 5 fastest growing occupations projected for the time period 2014-2024. The population of the country continues to age and along with that demographic comes an increasing need for rehabilitation professionals. The fastest-growing age group in the country is those 85 years of age and older. A good number of those people will need rehabilitation care which assures a strong need for Physical Therapist professionals now and into the future.
According to the United States Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income of a Physical Therapist Assistant is $55,170/year. Physical Therapist Assistants is projected to grow 40 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Clinical education is one of the cornerstones of the education of a physical therapist assistant. At Owens Community College, students have three 6-week full-time clinical experiences in acute care, skilled care and/or out-patient therapy. Students receive on-site supervision by a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant as well as a liaison who is a member of the clinical education program at Owens Community College.
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Facilities and Equipment
Owens Community College offers students state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including a dedicated physical therapy lab room. Students will be able to access the 80,000+ sq.ft. Student Health and Activities Center (SHAC).
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Owens Community College maintains an Oserve Office on each campus. Oserve is the place for you to ask questions related to financial aid. Contact: 1-800-GO OWENS ext. 7378 or (567) 661-7378 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholarships are available through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), www.apta.org.
In order to become a physical therapist a student must complete a graduate degree, and admission is competitive. The University of Toledo offers a graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy program. A prospective student must have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply. There are two different types of Doctor of Physical Therapy programs offered by the University of Findlay: the Traditional Program (3 plus 3) and the Weekend College program. For more information please contact admissions counselors at these universities.