The program includes three 6-week full-time clinical placements. Prior to the first clinical each student must have a physical by his/her physician including a statement that the student is fit for duty and free from communicable diseases. The results of the physical are effective for one year. In addition, the student must have blood tests done to verify immunity to specific diseases or have immunizations done prior to the clinical experiences.
Background Check Requirements
The program does not require a background check for admission or graduation. However, BCI and FBI background checks must be done as part of the state licensure application process in order to practice as a physical therapist assistant. Background checks by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are required for licensure. The student assumes the cost of the background checks. Final licensure eligibility based on an individual’s background is determined on a case by case basis during the licensure application process. For more information regarding background checks visit the following websites:
- The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI & I), www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), www.fbi.gov
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to sit for the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) national licensure exam. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Passing the Ohio’s licensure exam also will allow graduates to obtain a license in nearly every other state by endorsement, because it is a national exam. Licensure is required to practice physical therapy and bill for services in the State of Ohio. Students are responsible for inquiring about licensing requirements before enrolling in the program.
For more information regarding licensure application and requirements, visit The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) website, www.fsbpt.org.