Physical Therapist Assistant

The profession of physical therapist assistant (PTA) has emerged as an integral part within the discipline of physical therapy. The PTA plays a key role in a patient's recovery from injury or disease of the neurological or musculoskeletal systems of the body.

PTA's work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to use electrical, mechanical, and thermal modalities; assist in gait training; instruct in strengthening and coordination exercises; and improve work, sports, or activities of daily living skills. They are employed in hospitals, outpatient care clinics, rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, nursing homes, and school systems.

The curriculum is designed in a five semester sequence incorporating academic and clinical coursework. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree as a physical therapist assistant and is eligible to apply for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program of Shawnee State University is to provide regional training via coordinated broad based learning experiences through excellence in teaching and transforming therapeutic principles into clinical applications.

The PTA program is committed to providing higher education that fosters competence in communication, scientific reasoning, and logical reasoning to enrich the lives of the community. The PTA program at Shawnee State University is committed to the development of life-long learners that are both professional and sensitive to the ever changing environment of healthcare.

The PTA faculty will strive to prepare the entry-level PTA to collaborate with the PT in a variety of settings and patient populations. This training enables students to prepare for the National criterion-based Physical Therapy Examination for the Physical Therapist Assistant (NPTE-PTA).


CAPTE Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Shawnee State University 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: 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (740) 351-3428 or email

Physical Therapist Assistant

Contact Information

Physical Therapist Assistant Program
940 Second Street
Kricker Hall 101B
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Ryan Walker, Program Director
Kricker 217
(740) 351-3428

Kelley Frantz
Academic Administrative Assistant I
Kricker 101B
(740) 351-3169

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