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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA.S.AAS)

  • Division: Health Sciences
  • Department: Rehabilitation Services
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares students to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. The curriculum is divided among general education and technical courses, and includes classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences. Upon completion of the PTA program curriculum, the student is awarded the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants (NPTE-PTA) for licensure. The PTA program is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters on a full-time basis. The degree program consists of open enrollment courses (prerequisites and general education) and program specific technical courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the program technical courses. The PTA program utilizes a competitive selection process to enter students into the PTA technical courses. Details on eligibility for the competitive selection process and program technical courses can be found online in the PTA Program Information Packet. The mission of the PTA program is to provide high quality education to students seeking the opportunity to practice as a physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Sinclair Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association, 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100 Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 937-512-5355 or email

ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2 Credits ALH 2220 Pathophysiology 3 Credits BIO 1141 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits BIO 1147 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I 0 Credits BIO 1242 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits BIO 1248 Lab for Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II 0 Credits
  • COM 2206 OR COM 2211 OR COM 2225 3 Credits
  • ENG 1101 English Composition I 3 Credits
  • MAT 1130 OR Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3 Credits
  • PHY 1106 Physics for Technology 3 Credits PHY 1107 Lab for Physics for Technology 0 Credits PTA 1000 Introduction to Physical Therapy 2 Credits PTA 1100 Professional Issues 1 Credit PTA 1120 Functional Anatomy Lecture 2 Credits PTA 1125 Functional Anatomy Lab 2 Credits PTA 1135 Introduction to Manual Therapy 2 Credits PTA 1140 Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise Lecture 1 Credit PTA 1145 Introduction to Therapeutic Exercise Lab 2 Credits PTA 1200 Pathology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 3 Credits PTA 1215 Functional Mobility 2 Credits PTA 1220 Neuropathology 1 Credit PTA 1230 Orthopedic Principles & Application Lecture 2 Credits PTA 1235 Orthopedic Principles & Application Lab 3 Credits PTA 2305 Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 2 Credits PTA 2315 The Medically Complex Patient 1 Credit PTA 2325 Modalities 2 Credits PTA 2330 Seminar for Clinical Practicum I 1 Credit PTA 2335 Clinical Practicum I 2 Credits PTA 2400 Advanced Topics 3 Credits PTA 2430 Seminar for Clinical Practicum II 1 Credit PTA 2435 Clinical Practicum II 2 Credits
  • PSY 1100 OR SOC 1101 OR SOC 1145 3 Credits