PTST Future Students
Information for New and Future Students
The Physical Therapist Assistant Technology (PTST) Program at Kent State University at East Liverpool maintains the standards of education established by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and follows the practice guidelines established by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), to prepare students to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
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 learn the measurement and treatment skills necessary to facilitate patient recovery. Students develop an appreciation and understanding of the diverse conditions treated in physical therapy, including injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems.
Students are trained to perform competent treatment skills, ranging from the use of their hands and body, to the utilization of sophisticated equipment. The therapeutic methods include techniques to decrease pain, accelerate healing, increase strength and motion, and promote independent functioning. Additionally, students will develop the interpersonal skills needed to relate to and communicate with patients, their families, and other health care providers.