Majors & Programs

Majors and Programs

At UC Clermont, we offer a wide variety of associate degree programs. Some programs are intended for transition to UC Clifton or to other baccalaureate institutions, while others are career-oriented degrees leading directly to employment after graduation.

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Physical Therapist Assistant

What is Physical Therapist Assistant?

Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Their duties include helping the physical therapist implement treatment programs and using special equipment to administer thermal, electrical and other treatments. They may also train patients in rehabilitative or fitness exercises and show them how to accomplish activities of daily living -- making a positive difference in the quality of patients’ lives.

Success Factors

Patient recovery is often slow and tedious -- successful assistants need a good deal of patience. In addition, a high level of concern for the well-being of others, as well as cultural sensitivity and the ability to communicate well are important success factors. You should be detail orientated, dedicated and responsible, and have a high degree of tolerance for blood, other bodily fluids and odors. You should feel comfortable being physically close to and touching another person. You will also need the physical strength to support and manipulate patients’ movements during therapy.

You may also find it helpful to review essential program-related functions, and other important information, available on our website.

Career Possibilities

The APTA reports that the federal government has forecasted very good job prospects for PTAs and an unemployment rate of less than 4%. See apta.org/AboutPTAs. In 2015, the Health Collaborative (formerly the GCHC) quoted a vacancy rate of 6-7% among local major hospitals.

For details on program graduation rates, employment rates, examination passing rates and other outcome statistics, visit www.ucclermont.edu/pta/outcomes.

Minoring in Physical Therapist Assistant

You cannot minor in physical therapist assisting.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Each PTA major receives advising at UC East, and once accepted into the cohort, the primary professor becomes his or her advisor.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

The UC Clermont campus is on 92 wooded acres located in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. We are relatively small and our faculty to student ratio is low. You will find small size and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

As an allied health student, you will be taking your core courses at UC East. It's just a few miles away, on the east side of Batavia, and is a short drive from our main campus. It has plenty of parking, comfy study areas, and computer labs available for student use.

We maintain active partnerships with local clinical facilities, educational consortia, the state physical therapist association and licensing boards.

Special Programs

The Learning Center at UC Clermont provides free tutoring and online resources to help students get ahead and stay ahead in their es.

Freshman Admission Requirements

UC Clermont College is an open admissions campus. If you have your high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent, we will admit you to the college. We accept applications all year long and you may start any semester. Financial aid takes 6-8 weeks to process. We recommend that you apply at least 10 weeks prior to your desired attendance.

Admission to the physical therapist assistant major is on an annual and competitive basis, requiring a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.75 plus two years of high school science, two years of high school college preparatory mathematics, four years of high school English and two years of high school social science, or their college-level equivalents. Overall college GPA and science GPA are weighted most heavily in the process, as well as performance on a standardized health sciences aptitude exam.

Admission to the second-year technical core requires separate application during November-January of your first year. (Admission to the physical therapist assisting major does not guarantee acceptance into the technical core curriculum.)

Once admitted to the technical core, you will also be required to submit a criminal background check, physical examination, TB test, and proof of current immunizations.  Some clinical sites may also require that you have, and maintain, CPR and first aid certifications. Some clinics require drug screenings.

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, please contact the state licensing authority in the state in which you hope to be licensed before beginning training in the PTA program. Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana all require background checks as part of their standard licensing application process.

As a first year student, you will need to take the placement test. This test does not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in es. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

Transferring to UC Requirements

To transfer to UC Clermont, you must be in good academic standing at the college or university you last attended. We accept transfer applications all year long and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

You must also meet all the admissions requirements of a beginning student. You must also apply for admission to the technical core.  Please see your academic advisor to see how this applies to you.

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Other UC students may transfer into Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program form available from most UC admissions offices (including ours, 513-732-5319). You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

You must also meet all the admissions requirements of a beginning student. You must also apply for admission to the technical core.  Please see your academic advisor to see how this applies to you.

International Student Requirements

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513-556-2069) for details, or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Graduation Requirements

You must complete an application for degree and receive a pre-certification from your academic advisor the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor or Student Success and Retention Services (513-732-5319) for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin es in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before es begin to allow for timely paperwork and financial aid processing. Students who apply after the deadline will be admitted to the next semester. For specific deadline information, call 513-732-5319 or visit ucclermont.edu/admissions/apply.

However, you should plan to start physical therapist assisting in the fall semester, because the basic series of foundation courses required for this program starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring. You must also apply separately for admission into the technical core at the end of your first semester.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

 

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The program was first accredited through the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health in 1987. Transfer of sponsorship to Clermont College was approved in November 2009, maintaining its full accreditation status. The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education has re-accredited this program until 2026.

The Commission has placed the Physical Therapist Assistant Program on Warning effective April 26, 2017; the accreditation status of the program remains unchanged. This decision was made in order to allow the program to: 1) submit evidence which documents compliance with the Standards and Required Elements; and 2) demonstrate why probationary accreditation should not be granted at the next meeting of the Commission. The program must submit a Compliance Report by September 1, 2017.

Warning shall be in effect only until the next meeting of CAPTE at which time CAPTE will act on the information available to it. Warning shall be considered notice of impending Probationary Accreditation if evidence of improvement is not submitted by the institution prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of CAPTE.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

To confirm the current CAPTE accreditation status for the program, please visit this site: http://www.ucclermont.edu/academics/academic-departments/science-health/s-h-degree-programs/physical-therapist-assistant.html

Quick Facts

Associate of Applied Science Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

UC Clermont & UC East

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: 513-732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu