Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistants are technically educated healthcare providers who work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to restore function when disease or injury results in pain and limited movement abilities.  Physical therapy intervention can also prevent further injury.  When a patient seeks physical therapy services, the physical therapist performs an initial evaluation and develops a plan of care.  The physical therapist assistant carries out the plan of care and reports the patient’s response to the supervising physical therapist.

Responsibilities of a physical therapist assistant may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting the physical therapist during the evaluation;
  • Performing data collection (test and measurement) techniques;
  • Administering intervention treatments utilizing heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical current, water, light, massage, and other hands-on treatment techniques exercise programs;
  • Fitting and instructing patients in the use of assistive devices such as crutches, walkers, canes and wheelchairs;
  • Instructing patients in activities of daily living;
  • Documenting relevant aspects of patient care;
  • Maintaining and setting up treatment equipment;
  • Maintaining department inventories;
  • Participating in quality assurance activities;
  • Scheduling patients; and,
  • Performing as a manager of a rehabilitative services department.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program consists of a year of general courses followed by a year of technical course work and clinical experiences.

Requirements for Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Selective Admissions Process

The first or generals year of the Physical Therapist Assistant program is open to all applicants. The standards of the Physical Therapist profession are established by the American Physical Therapy Association and regulated by licensure in the state of Ohio. In order to provide a program that promotes student success, it is important to select students who meet rigorous curriculum requirements. Specific requirements for acceptance into the clinical portion of the program are listed in this document.

Clinical Year Requirements

The following changes have been implemented effective May 5, 2014.
Students desiring to be selected into the clinical year of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program (semesters three, four and five) beginning autumn 2016 will:

  • Apply to the Hocking College Physical Therapist Assistant program (admission to the first year – semesters one and two – of the PTA program).  Once you have met all admission requirements you must submit a PTA Clinical Year Application.  The Clinical Year Application deadline is January 1 of each year.
  • Submit an official high school transcript or GED.
  • Students with transferable college credit will request that an official transcript be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar, JL 191, 3301 Hocking Parkway, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764.
  • Complete 50 observation/volunteer hours. Twenty (20) hours must be completed in an acute care setting, and thirty (30) hours must be completed in a non-acute setting such as a clinic, rehab or long-term care center OR the equivalent in full-time or part-time employment  in a physical therapy department.  Observation hours must be performed no more than two years prior to the date of application to Hocking College. Completion of these hours must be submitted on the Hocking College observation log form found on the Hocking College website.
  • Obtain two positive recommendations from the Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), not related to the applicant, under whom you observed or were employed. Recommendations must be completed on the Hocking College PTA recommendation form found on the Hocking College website.
  • Complete all semester one and semester two course work with a grade of “C” or higher. Students may take a class no more than two times to earn the “C” or higher grade.  If the student does not achieve the required grade in two attempts they are not eligible for the PTA program.
  • Obtain an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. This applies to courses completed at Hocking College as well as credits transferred from another institution.
  • Complete the TEAS V exam and submit the score. The test score must be dated within the past 18 months to be eligible for selection into the clinical year of the program. Information related to the TEAS exam schedule will be available June 2015.
  • Applicants will be rank ordered and admitted based upon their grade point average and TEAS score using the following calculations:
    • Student GPA/4.0= % x 100
      • For example: gpa 3.2/4.0= .80 x 100 = 80 points
    • TEAS scores: Adjusted Individual Subtest Score in each category added together (Reading + Math + Science + English)/400 = % x 100
      • For example: Reading 76 + Math 76 + Science 60 + English 80 = 292/400 = .73 x 100 = 73
    • Total GPA points 80
    • TEAS points 73
    • Total 153

After successful completion of all criteria outlined, the student may apply for admission into the clinical year of the program (semesters three, four and five) by submitting a PTA Clinical Year Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements have been met and verified with their advisor. Selection of the students will be completed in late March 2016 and each March thereafter for admission into the autumn semester.

Applicants will be notified of selection via their Hocking College e-mail address by March 31, 2016 and each March 31 of subsequent years.  Please do not call for information regarding the selection results. Those not selected will be rank ordered on an alternate list.

If a selected student declines their seat before May 31, the first student on the alternate list will be offered that seat. The process will continue until all seats are filled.

Students who remain on the alternate list after May 31 will need to reapply, along with other applicants, for the next year.  Alternate list placement does not guarantee a seat for the following year.

Hocking College advisors are available to help you; answer questions about the selective admissions process; develop a student educational plan to meet your goals; and assist with general education course registration. To schedule an advising appointment, contact the PTA Advisor at 740.753.6404. We look forward to assisting you with your career goals. 

Program Outcomes

Data used to calculate graduation rate (PTA program) Hocking College:

Year Cohort Began Beginning Size of Cohort Number Graduating on Time Number Graduating in 150% of Time Number that Did Not Graduate Number Ultimately Graduating (100-150% expected time) Graduation Rate
2012 30 23(2013) 3   26 86.67%
2013(1st cohort) 15 14(5-2014) 1 1   86.70%
2013(2nd cohort) 38 29(8-2014) 3 2 32 84.21%
2014 30 + 5 reenrolls 28(8-2015)   1   93.33%


Data used to calculate Licensure (NPTE-PTA) Pass Rates - Hocking College PTA Program:

Graduation Year Number of Graduates Taking Exam Number of Graduates Passing Exam on First Attempt Number of Graduates Passing Exam on Repeated Attemps Ultimate Pass Rate
2012 21 16 19 90.05%
2013 23 12 20 87.00%
2014 42 27 31 73.80%


Data Used to Calculate Employment Rate

Year of Admission 2011 2012 2013
Year of Graduation 2012 2013 2014
Number of Grads 21 23 44
Number of Grads Who Took Licensing Exam 21 23 42
Number of Grads Who Did NOT Take Licensing Exam 0 0 2
Number of Grads Successful on FSBPT 19 19 34[1]
Number of Licensees Who Sought Employment 19 18[2] 33
Number of Licensees Unable To Contact/No Response 1 1 3
Number of Licensees Who Sought Employment and Were Employed 18 17 30
TOTAL 18/19 = 94.73% 17/18 = 94.44% 30/33 = 90.90%
[1]One licensee did not seek employment.
[2]One student who delayed graduation took exam in 2015.



Hocking College Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hocking 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:; website:

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant:

  • Within the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant, safely and effectively implement data collection techniques and interventions identified in the plan of care established by the supervising physical therapist;
  • Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel, and others in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner;
  • Exhibit professional behavior reflecting legal, ethical, and safe standards; meeting expectations of patients/clients and the profession; and displaying cultural sensitivity;
  • Complete accurate and timely documentation that follows the guidelines of state practice acts, the practice setting, and other regulatory agencies;
  • Effectively manage daily operations including the organizational planning and operation of physical therapy services, participating in quality assurance activities, and providing information for billing and reimbursement purposes;
  • Plan and organize individualized patient interventions established by the physical therapist such as adjusting or withholding intervention based on patient status, identifying alternatives within the plan of care, and reporting changes in patient status to the supervising physical therapist;
  • Under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist, participate in coordinating continuity of care including instructing other members of the health care team; providing patient related instruction to patients, family members, and caregivers; and participating in discharge planning and follow-up car; and,
  • Educate others about the role of the physical therapist assistant, which may include being a clinical instructor, and engage in life-long learning.


Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Course of Study

For students entering May 2016

COURSE NO.FIRST SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
BIOS-1113Anatomy and Physiology I3.002.004.00$170.00
ENGL-1510English Composition I4.000.004.00$50.00
GS-1000HC Cornerstone1.000.001.00$80.00
HLTH-1101Medical Terminology2.000.002.00$20.00
PTA-1100Introduction to Physical Therapy1.000.001.00$10.00
COURSE NO.SECOND SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
BIOS-1114Anatomy and Physiology II3.002.004.00$170.00
PSYC-1101General Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00
MATH-1113College Algebra4.000.004.00$132.00
COURSE NO.THIRD SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
BIOS-2201Advanced Anatomy2.002.003.00$190.00
PTA-2200Fundamentals of Physical Therapy3.004.004.00$175.00
PTA-2203Physical Therapy Procedures3.004.004.00$175.00
PTA-2211Pathophysiology of Disease2.000.002.00$15.00
PSYC-2151Developmental Psychology3.000.003.00$15.00
COURSE NO.FOURTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
PTA-2204Musculoskeletal Problems2.002.003.00$175.00
PTA-2210Cardiopulmonary Function1.002.002.00$155.00
PTA-2214Rehabilitation Procedures2.002.003.00$275.00
PTA-2206PTA Directed Practice I1.0016.004.00$228.00
COURSE NO.FIFTH SEMESTERClass HoursLab HoursCredit HoursCourse Fee
PTA-2216PTA Directed Practice II (Capstone)1.0015.004.00$125.00
PTA-2226PTA Directed Practice III (Capstone)1.0015.004.00$125.00
PTA-2207PTA Clinical Issues and Role Transition1.000.001.00$55.00
ENGL-1104Job Search Techniques1.000.001.00$15.00


Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.

Physical Therapist Assistants are employed in a variety of settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health settings, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and school systems. According to data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, the annual mean salary for Physical Therapist Assistants in southern Ohio is $53,720.

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