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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program

Employment Opportunities

The education and clinical skills acquired through the Physical Therapist Assistant program, as well as successful passing of the state board exam qualify graduates for positions as licensed physical therapist assistant in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Home health care
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation facilities
  • Outpatient private practice clinics
  • Schools
  • Corporate wellness facilities
  • Outpatient hospital clinics

A successful graduate of the Owens Community College's PTA program that passes the state licensing exam will become a licensed physical therapist assistant. The PTA assists the licensed Physical Therapist in delivering rehabilitative care to patients that range from newborn to elderly depending on the setting.

Growth and Income

According to the recent Ohio Bureau of Employment Services job growth projections, PTAs are in the top 20 for the fastest-growing occupations in Lucas/Wood counties as well as the state and country! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists physical therapist assistants as one of 10 fastest growing occupations projected for the time period 2002-2012. The population of the country continues to age and along with that demographic comes an increasing need for rehabilitation professionals. The fastest-growing age group in the country is those 85 years of age and older. A good number of those people will need rehabilitation care which assures a strong need for Physical Therapist professionals now and into the future.

According to a survey conducted in 2009 by the American Physical Therapy Association, the median income of a physical therapist assistant is $45,000/year.


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