The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville’s (Pitt-Titusville) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a well-established academic based program. The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). * The program is accredited through the year 2021. The faculty are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Upon completion of the two-year Physical Therapist Assistant Program, students will earn an Associate of Science Degree for the Physical Therapist Assistant from the University of Pittsburgh, and will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Licensure Examination (NPTE).
The PTA Program is a five semester, two-year program. Our faculty will work with you to suggest a curriculum to fit your previous college credits or for students that cannot attend school full time. Our small class size and knowledgeable faculty give you interactive/hands-on learning and personalized attention in a comfortable atmosphere.
As a branch of the main Pitt campus, you will have access to the medical and research resources for which the University of Pittsburgh is respected worldwide.
Accreditation and Licensure
After matriculating with an A.S. degree in physical therapist assistant (PTA), program graduates must successfully pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) administered by each state to achieve certification/licensure which is required for clinical practice. The Pitt-Titusville PTA Program assists students in the preparation of the NPTE with the Professional Issues Seminar course and several mock board examinations.
In addition to a PTA certification/licensure, many state licensing boards require a criminal background check, child abuse clearance and a drug screening. PTA students are required to obtain Act 34 and Act 151 clearances for the program prior to beginning the clinical education courses and may be required to successfully complete a drug screen. Students with criminal records should contact the physical therapy licensing board for the state they plan to practice in prior to applying for admission to the PTA Program to inquire about potential restrictions for licensure.
Dr. Karen Guth
Ms. Joyce Carbaugh
Physical Therapist Assistant
While we have numerous affiliation sites within a 50 mile radius of our campus, we encourage our students to travel to other cities/states to experience the diversity of the physical therapy practice throughout the United States. If a location is chosen in which we do not already have a clinical site, every effort is made to acquire a site of the student’s choice. Ultimately, the academic needs of the student are our priority for clinical placement.
All expenses, including transportation and housing are the student’s responsibility. However, many of our students choose clinical sites near friends or relatives to help offset some of their expenses.