Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Penn State Shenango helps to prepare individuals to become skilled health care workers who assist physical therapists in patient treatment. Students can learn and develop skills in the appropriate use of exercise and therapeutic modalities.

Admissions Policies for the Physical Therapy Assistant program

Students are admitted to the PTA program for the fall semester only and there are a limited number of spaces available each year.

There are two distinct categories of applicants to the PTA program; first year and transfer applicants. First year applicants are evaluated on the basis of a combination of factors including cumulative high school grade point average, SAT or ACT scores, and high school curriculum. Transfer students are defined as those students who have attempted 18 or more credits at a regionally accredited college or university. Transfer students will be evaluated on the cumulative grade point average for all college level courses attempted.

Current or previous Penn State students can also enter the program through re-enrollment or as a change of major/change of campus and will be evaluated on their cumulative Penn State grade point average and performance in Biology 129 (anatomy).

Program Accreditation

The PTA Program at Penn State Shenango is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone:  703-706-3245; email:; website:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education 
The Pennsylvania State University is authorized to grant associate degrees, and the accreditation status granted by Middle States Commission on Higher Education includes such degrees. As detailed in the Statement of Accreditation Status, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education recognizes the U.S. Secretary of Education’s approval of the Commission Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education to accredit physical therapist assistant programs.