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 (PTAs) provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems, or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health, nursing homes, schools, sports facilities, and more. PTAs may also measure changes in the patient's performance as a result of the physical therapy provided.

Care provided by a PTA may include teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength and coordination, training for activities such as walking with crutches, canes, or walkers, massage, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation (http://www.apta.org/AboutPTAs/).

Success Factors

Physical therapist assistants are patient-centered clinicians who demonstrate a high level of concern for the well-being of others (empathy). They demonstrate an ability to adapt services with consideration for patient differences, values, and preferences. They have strong communication skills for instruction, education, and collaboration with patients, families, caregivers and the interdisciplinary team.  A physical therapist assistant needs to critically think and adapt to changes in patient status quickly. 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 adequate physical strength, flexibility and balance to support and manipulate patients’ movements during therapy. (Please refer to Essential functions)

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 3.9%. Visit the American Physical Therapy Association for more details. In 2016, the Health Collaborative (formerly the GCHC) quoted a vacancy rate of 4-5% among local major hospitals.

For details on program graduation rates, employment rates, examination passing rates and other outcome statistics, visit the Program Outcomes page.

Minoring in Physical Therapist Assistant

You cannot minor in physical therapist assisting.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Each prospective student should contact the Recruitment team within the OneStop area early on, and then once confirmed as an accepted Clermont student, receives PTA major receives advising. After being accepted into the Core PTA cohort via the special admissions process, one of the primary professors 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 class 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, ample study areas, and computer labs available for student use.  An exercise room and bicycles are available for use between classes.

We maintain active partnerships with local clinical facilities, educational consortia, the state physical therapist association and licensing boards.  We collaborate with the Doctor of Physical Therapy students on Clifton campus as well as the other allied health programs at UC East.

Special Programs

The students have access to academic coaching, library services, tutoring and Compass Counseling through the Clermont campus to assist in their academic success.  Faculty have office hours and open labs for individual and group instructional needs outside scheduled class times.

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 technical core 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 physical therapist assisting major does not guarantee acceptance into the technical core curriculum.

Admission to the second-year technical core is a competitive admission process and requires a separate application during November-January of your first year.  Information sessions and application assistance nights are held to guide and assist students through the application process. 

Once admitted to the technical core, you will also be required to submit a criminal background check, BLS Provider CPR certification, physical examination, two-step or Quantiferon TB test, and proof of current immunizations.  Some clinics require standard panel drug screenings and/or recent proof of TB testing (within 90 days of clinical rotation).

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 to determine if your conviction would prohibit you from practicing as a physical therapist assistant. 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 classes. You must complete the placement test before you may register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.  If a student has sufficient ACT or SAT scores, he or she may not be required to take the placement tests.

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 separately apply for admission to the technical core for the PTA program.  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 a change of major form.  The College recommends you see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.  The advising office can be reached at at 513-732-5205  

You must also meet all the admissions requirements of a beginning student. You must also apply separately 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 visit OneStop Services (513) 732-5200 for specific information well in advance of your final semester.

Application Deadlines

UC Clermont College is an open admission campus. Students may begin classes in any semester. Each semester has an application deadline of approximately four weeks before classes 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 Admissions.

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 December 31, 2026.

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 the program site.

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
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513) 732-5319
Enrollment Services
clermont.admissions@uc.edu