Physical Therapist Assistant


Take your desire to help people and focus that passion into a rewarding career path in the allied health field of physical therapy rehabilitation.

Owens Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares students to become licensed physical therapist assistants.

Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of physical therapists to improve mobility and function of patients and rehabilitate them to the highest possible level of independent living.

PTAs also help to educate patients on measures they can take to prevent further injury.

Treatments may include:

  • prescribed therapy exercises for strength, coordination, balance and flexibility
  • application of various modalities to reduce pain, inflammation and to promote healing

A licensed physical therapist assistant may work in a variety of health care settings including:

  • hospitals
  • sports medicine facilities
  • outpatient clinics
  • rehabilitation centers
  • nursing homes
  • in-home care
  • schools

Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the state licensing examination.

Contact Us

Administration Location, Toledo-area Campus Phone Email
Sara Burke
Chair, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Health Technologies 526 (567) 661-7568
Catherine Ford
Health Technologies 121B (567) 661-7398


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Owens Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 567-661-7568 or email