Program Overview

The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville's (Pitt-Titusville) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a well-established academic based program. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). * The program is accredited through the year 2021. The faculty are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Upon completion of the two-year Physical Therapist Assistant Program, students will earn an Associate of Science Degree for the Physical Therapist Assistant from the University of Pittsburgh, and will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination (NPTE).

The PTA Program is a five semester, two-year program. Our faculty will work with you to suggest a curriculum to fit your previous college credits or for students that cannot attend school full time. Our small class size and knowledgeable faculty give you interactive/hands-on learning and personalized attention in a comfortable atmosphere.

As a branch of the main Pitt campus, you will have access to the medical and research resources for which the University of Pittsburgh is respected worldwide.

Accreditation and Licensure

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville is accredited by the 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.

After matriculating with an A.S. dregree in physical therapist assistant (PTA), program graduates must successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) administered by each state to achieve certification/licensure which is required for clinical practice. The Pitt-Titusville PTA Program assists students in the preparation of the NPTE with the Professional Issues Seminar course and several mock board examinations.

In addition to a PTA certification/licensure, many state licensing boards require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and a drug screening. PTA students are required to obtain Act 34 and Act 151 clearances for the program prior to beginning the clinical education courses and may be required to successfully complete a drug screen. Students with criminal records should contact the physical therapy licensing board for the state they plan to practice in prior to applying for admission to the PTA Program to inquire about potential restrictions for licensure.

Advising Areas

Dr. Karen Guth, MSPT, DPT
PTA Program Director/Assistant Professor

Ms. Joyce Carbaugh
Physical Therapist Assistant

Affiliations

While we have numerous affiliation sites within a 50 mile radius of our campus, we encourage our students to travel to other cities/states to experience the diversity of the physical therapy practice throughout the United States. If a location is chosen in which we do not already have a clinical site, every effort is made to acquire a site of the student's choice. Ultimately, the academic needs of the student are our priority for clinical placement.

All expenses, including transportation and housing are the student's responsibility. However, many of our students choose clinical sites near friends or relatives to help offset some of their expenses.

Two-Year Curriculum

First Year

Fall term Spring Term Summer Term
Algebra (MATH 0031 or MATH 0110) Anatomy & Physiology 2 PTA Principles and Procedures 2
Anatomy & Physiology 1 Anatomy & Physiology 2 Lab Clinical Education 1
Anatomy & Physiology 1 Lab Applied Kinesiology  
Intro to Science for Health Professionals Applied Kinesiology Lab  
Seminar in Composition
 (ENG 0101)
Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking  
Software for Personal Computing Intro to PTA  
Freshman Seminar PTA Principles and Procedures 1  

Second Year

Fall Term Spring Term
Clinical Pathology Clinical Education 2
Intro to Psychology Clinical Education 3
PTA Principles and Procedures 3 Professional Issues Seminar
PTA Principles and Procedures 4  

Curriculum Subject to Change

Part-Time Status

Students may choose to pursue the PTA Program as a part-time student. Students may take as little as one course per semester of the Required General Foundation and Behavioral Education Courses. However, the Technical and Clinical Education courses must be taken in consecutive sequence without interruption.

General Foundation Education Courses General Behavioral Education Courses
Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Lab Seminar in Composition  (ENG 0101)
Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lab Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking
Algebra (MATH 0031 or MATH 0110) Intro to Psychology
Intro to Science for Health Professions Software for Personal Computing
Clinical Pathology  
Technical Education Courses Clinical Education Courses
Intro to PTA Clinical Education 1
PTA Principles and Procedures 1 Clinical Education 2
PTA Principles and Procedures 2 Clinical Education 3
PTA Principles and Procedures 3  
PTA Principles and Procedures 4  
Professional Issues Seminar  
Applied Kinesiology  
Applied Kinesiology Lab  

Curriculum Subject to Change

Program Outcomes

Graduation Rate

The percentage of students who complete the program within 150% of the normally expected time:

  • Class of 2014 (59%)
  • Class of 2015 (60%)
  • Class of 2016 (46%)

Ultimate Pass Rates

The percentage of graduates who passed the NPTE:

  • Class of 2014 (94%)
  • Class of 2015 (67%)
  • Class of 2016 (91%)

Employment Rate

The percentage of graduates who sought employment and who were employed within 6 months of passing the NPTE:

  • Class of 2014 (85%)
  • Class of 2015 (87%)
  • Class of 2016 (100%)

Employment Opportunities: Please see the APTA job/career center link.

Minimum Entry Requirements for the Program

  • High School GPA of 2.5 or GED of at least 2500
  • SAT score of at least 900
  • Readiness to take ENG 0101 and MATH 0031 or MATH 0110
  • Earned an overall 2.0 GPA or better in all pre-technical course work.
  • Students who do not meet the entry requirements of the program, but who meet the entry requirements of the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville are encouraged to pursue health science courses in preparation for later entry into the PTA program. Students must still meet all of the PTA entry requirements.

Volunteer/Recommendation Requirements:

  • Combined total of 40 hours of volunteer work at two Physical Therapy Clinics (click here for form)
  • One positive letter of recommendation from the PT/PTA with whom the student has volunteered (click here for form)
  • These requirements must be received by December 1st prior to beginning the technical phase of the program in January

First Aid & CPR Requirements:

  • Current certification in First Aid and CPR prior to the end of the second semester

Clearance Requirements:

All students admitted to the technical phase of the PTA Program must complete a recent (defined as within 2 months prior to beginning first clinical experience) a criminal history information (Act 34) and Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151).

Please add under the above mentioned section, the following:

The following links can guide you to these required items:

Criminal history check: https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child abuse history clearance: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis/public/home

PA fingerprinting: http://www.pa.cogentid.com/ohio/PAResultsInfo.htm

 

Program Academic Requirements:

It is the policy of Pitt-Titusville's PTA Program that students must maintain a high level of academic achievement in order to continue in the PTA Program. Students are required to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA average in the PTA curriculum and an overall GPA of 2.0 each semester.

A maximum of 24 students are admitted to the technical phase of the program each spring semester. The PTA Selection Committee ranks students based on selection criteria including SAT/ACT score, GPA, core prerequisite course grades, personal essay, and volunteer hours with letter of recommendation. The highest ranking applicants, up to 24, will be offered acceptance into the technical phase of the program. Remaining candidates will either be placed on a waiting list as an alternate or denied admission.