Information for New and Future Students
The Physical Therapist Assistant Technology (PTST) Program at Kent State Ashtabula maintains the standards of education established by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and practice the guidelines established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), which is the professional organization for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
During the course of study for the PTST degree, students study the normal development and function of the human body, the causes and consequences of various pathological conditions that human beings experience throughout the lifespan, and measurement and treatment skills necessary to facilitate patient recovery. You will develop an appreciation and understanding of the diverse conditions treated by physical therapist assistants, including musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, neurological injuries and diseases, cardiopulmonary diseases, burns, wounds, and amputations. You will also master treatment skills, ranging from the use of your hands and body, to the utilization of sophisticated equipment. You will learn therapeutic methods used to decrease pain, accelerate healing, increase strength and motion, and promote independent functioning. Additionally, you will be developing interpersonal skills in order to be able to relate to and communicate with patients, their families, and other health care providers.
Kent State University offers two paths toward the PTST degree. In the traditional program, students attend classes for four semesters and are able to graduate two years after beginning the core coursework. Students who are Certified Athletic Trainers can take courses primarily online, attend six (6) lab weekends, and are able to graduate after 15 consecutive months. Admissions to either PTST concentration is limited and selective.