Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)


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Application Deadline is March 1, 2022
“Applications may be mailed to:
Chad Hensel, PTA Program Director
1467 Mt Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH  43302

NEW ADMISSION PROCEDURE NOW IN EFFECT!  Please review the new Admission Packet and PTA Score sheet listed here:

For information regarding the status of your application and to confirm receipt of materials, you must email mccaulleyj@mtc.edu.

Interested in becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant?


Course Description:

The student will learn about the profession of physical therapy including its current and historical role within the health care system. Topics covered include the roles of the PT, PTA, and Aide; standards of practice;  evidence-based practice; communication; diversity; and the legal and ethical delivery of physical therapy services.  Semester Credit Hours: 2 (2 hrs lecture). Prerequisites: None.

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Class of 2023 is Full (Fall of 2021 Start)
Now accepting applications for the Class of 2024 (Fall 2022 Start)
Application Deadline is March 1, 2022

Program Description

The Program – Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Licensed physical therapist assistants function under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist to facilitate patient treatment plans that address various limitations stemming from illness and/or injury; educate patients about the various treatment modalities; and motivate clients as part of their ‘‘recovery team.’’

Unique Program Benefits

When you choose to complete your PTA degree from MTC, you’ll have access to the following added benefits, including exclusive opportunities for students enrolled in Marion Tech’s PTA program:

Simultaneous Certifications

By earning additional certifications within MTC’s program, you’ll increase your employability and the number of career opportunities available to you after earning your degree.


  • Our PTA program’s relationship and proximity to the University of Findlay’s DPT program allows our PTA graduates to transfer credits and work toward a DPT degree from one of the only two programs in the country that accepts PTAs directly.
  • Our program has additional pathways set up with Bowling Green State University and Ohio University for students to transfer the PTA degree and complete an online bachelor’s degree:

Important Information for Program

Program Director:  Chad Hensel, PT, DPT, MHS, CSCS  740-386-4156   henselc@mtc.edu

Enter this growing field while you help patients recover from surgery or address long-term health problems interfering with their ability to move and function normally.

What you’ll learn

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide service/care appropriate to the age of the patients served.
  • Perform selected measurement procedures in consultation with the evaluating physical therapist.
  • Use appropriate modalities that include but are not limited to heat, cold, light, water, sound, and electricity, as well as therapeutic exercise and exercise equipment.
  • Modify or adjust treatment within the limits of the plan of care based on the patient’s reactions, and seek guidance when necessary.
  • Complete any and all required written documentation accurately and legibly.
  • Recognize abnormal physiological changes and report them to the evaluating physical therapist and other appropriate personnel.
  • Maintain working knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding the profession.

Once new applicants have met the MTC requirements to qualify for admission to the PTA program, an admission point system will be used to admit each year’s class.  Class size is limited to no more than 24 candidates having the highest admission point totals. Please note that the PTA program at MTC reserves the right to make additions or changes to the admission criteria.  It is recommended that you contact the PTA program staff for the most recent admission criteria and application before applying.  Only completed applications submitted by the application deadline will be considered.  It is the applicants’ responsibility to provide all documentation to the PTA program prior to the application deadline.  Applicants will be notified of their status in the program by mail approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline. Applicants who are not selected into the program, but would like to be considered for a future class, will be required to complete a new program application.

Drug Screening

Students admitted into the PTA program will be required to submit to a drug screening prior to their clinical rotation.  Positive drug screenings will result in forfeiture of the clinical rotation and dismissal from any course with a laboratory component.  All PTA students may be subject to periodic drug screens for cause during the program.  Any student who refuses/fails to cooperate, or complete any required drug screening will be considered “positive” and dismissed from the program.


Upon completion of the MTC PTA program, graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure by examination. Section 4755.70 of the Ohio Revised Code requires all individuals applying for a license issued by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board to submit fingerprints for a criminal records check completed by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The BCI and FBI records checks are both required for initial licensure. By law, the Board cannot complete the processing of any application until it receives the background check reports from BCI and FBI. The graduate is responsible for the cost of the BCI and FBI records checks.  The Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board may refuse to grant a license to any individual with a felony conviction, including but not limited to the habitual indulgence in or use of a controlled substance, other habit-forming drugs, or alcohol.  More information can be obtained from the Ohio Revised Code – see the PTA program director for details.

Your Degree
Associate of Applied Science

Two-year, full-time degree schedule; and, a mixture of core technical courses along with science, health terminology, computer and general education classes.  PTA students complete varied clinical experiences.  Program graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to become licensed as a physical therapist assistant (PTA).  Licensed PTAs have a wide variety of employment opportunities.

Application Process
Limited Enrollment

  1. Successful completion of four years of high school, or a standard equivalency test, or certification of equivalent education by an organization recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Ed.
  2. Minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on 4.0 scale) or equivalent from either high school or college. If a college GPA is used to meet this requirement, it must be based upon a minimum of 12 semesters or 12 quarter hours earned at one institution.
  3. Completion of high school or college statistics or algebra, chemistry, and biology with a minimum grade of ‘‘C’’ and/or placement into college-level math and science.
  4. Submission of a total of TWO (2) Physical Therapy Observation Verification and Recommendation Forms reflecting a total of 40 or more clinical hours completed under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) or licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). (The Observation Verification and Recommendation forms must be signed by a supervising licensed PT or PTA).
  5. Submission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application including a signed copy of the MTC Health Programs Agreement to Respect Confidentiality form.
  6. Completion of all MTC general admission requirements, including MTC Application for Admission and nonrefundable application fee.
  7. Completion of a successful criminal background check. Students admitted into the program are required to submit to a criminal background check facilitated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. Students with a certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related arrests will be ineligible for admission into the program.
  8. The ACCUPLACER (Basic Skills Assessment) may be required, as might the Technology Skills Test. The ACCUPLACER may be taken in the Center for Student Success and Engagement at Marion Technical College.  Students who obtain scores lower than established minimums on the ACCUPLACER must successfully complete the corresponding College foundation course.  Students with college credit in these areas may have the ACCUPLACER waived by the Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.  Contact the PTA program director to determine if this testing is required in your particular situation.
  9. It is recommended that candidates complete the American College Test (ACT) and indicate on the test application that scores be submitted to MTC. The ACT should be completed far enough in advance to ensure that test scores reach MTC prior to the PTA program application deadline.  It is also recommended that candidates complete some required coursework in advance of the application when possible.  Recommended classes include Anatomy and Physiology I (SCI1200) and II (SCI 1250), and Statistics  (MTH 1240).
  10. Transfer credit from other colleges will be evaluated after receipt of official transcripts.

Program Outcomes

MTC’s Physical Therapist Assistant program has recently opened a brand new lab and continues to enjoy high success rates in all indicators.

Graduation Year 2017 2018 2019 2 Year Combined
Avg 2019-2020
National Physical Therapy Examination  (Licensure Exam) Ultimate Pass Rate 92% 87.5% 95% 91.4%%
Employment Rate (Percentage of graduates who were employed as PTAs within 1 year of passing the licensure examination) 100% 100% 100% 100%
MTC Graduation Rate (Students graduating within 3 years of admission to the PTA Program) 100% 81.0% 90.9% 89.74%
First Time Pass rates (2018-2019)  69.4%

To receive more detailed information on the Physical Therapist Assistant Program or a complete copy of the MTC Catalog, please send an e-mail to mccaulleyj@mtc.edu or the Office of Admission at enroll@mtc.edu.

Program Accreditation

The PTA program at Marion Technical 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: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 740-386-4185 or email mccaulleyj@mtc.edu.

Advisory Committee:

First Last Facility
Valerie Campbell, PT Marion Medical Campus
Susan Clunk, PT Marion Medical Campus
Crystal Swango, PTA MIPA P.T.
Lisa Teynor Avita Crestline
Beth Hensel, PT MIPA P.T.
Laura Miller, PT Mt. Carmel Physical Therapy
Erica Smith MMC
Deb Stark
Erin Weaver
Amy Williams, PTA Avita Therapy & Sports Medicine Bucyrus
Shawn Lohr Mt. Carmel Rehab & Sports Medicine
Kaleb Raymond Student
Alex Botsko Student

For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu


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