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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant Program Description

Physical therapist assistants are technically educated healthcare providers who work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to restore function when disease or injury results in pain and limited movement abilities.  

Physical therapy intervention can also prevent further injury.  When a patient seeks physical therapy services, the physical therapist performs an initial evaluation and develops a plan of care.  The physical therapist assistant carries out the plan of care and reports the patient’s response to the supervising physical therapist.

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes.

All-inclusive pricing includes course fees, in addition to the following:

$300......Learning Fee
$20........Health Center Services
$75........Career Center Services

$275....Smart Start*
*Recommended for all first-year college students
Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found online here.

A Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant offers a flexible future

Physical therapist assistants are technically educated healthcare providers who work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to restore function when disease or injury results in pain and limited movement abilities. 

Physical therapy intervention can also prevent further injury.  When a patient seeks physical therapy services, the physical therapist performs an initial evaluation and develops a plan of care. 

 Physical Therapist Assistants are employed in a variety of settings such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health settings, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and school systems.

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The following changes have been implemented effective July 1, 2019.

Hocking College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Selective Admission Policy

Beginning in July 2019, students who are applying for the Clinical Year of the Physical Therapist Assisting (PTA) Program (usually 3rd semester) must complete the following to be considered for admission:

Submit an official high school transcript or GED.

Complete all the following courses with a grade of “B” or better

  • BIOS- 1113 Anatomy and Physiology I (4.0 credit hours)
  • BIOS -1114 Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 credit hours)
  • English- 1510 English Composition (4.0 credit hours)
  • PTA- 1100 Introduction to Physical Therapy (1.0 credit hours)

Complete all other pre-requisite courses with a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average

  • GS-1010 Pathways to Prosperity (1.0 credit hours)
  • HLTH-1101 Medical Terminology (2.0 credit hours)
  • PSYCH-1101 General Psychology (3.0 credit hours)
  • MATH-2250 Introduction to Statistics (4.0 credit hours)
  • COMM-1130 Speech (3.0 credit hours)
  • PSYCH-2151 Developmental Psychology (3.0 credit hours)

In the event a student does not receive a “C” or better in a required prerequisite, the course may be repeated 1x to earn the higher grade.  If the student does not achieve the required grade in two attempts they are not eligible for the PTA program.

Students may transfer credit from other colleges provided the transferred course meets the same credit hour requirements and the student receives a minimum grade of a C in the transferred course.  To receive transfer credit, it is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript to be sent directly from the college to the Hocking College Registrar’s office by the US Postal Service or their office transcript service.

Volunteer/Observation Hours:

  • Twenty (20) hours must be completed in an acute care setting.
  • Thirty (30) hours must be completed in a non-acute setting.
  • The equivalent in full-time or part-time employment in a physical therapy department.
  • Must be completed no more than two years prior to the date of application to the PTA program.
  • Completion of these hours must be submitted on the observation log form found on the Hocking College PTA website.
  • Valid volunteer/observation hours are those hours must be completed under the supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. 


  • Two positive recommendations from either a PT or PTA not related to applicant under whom you observed or were employed.
  • Recommendations must be completed on the Hocking College PTA recommendation form found on the program’s website.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V):

  • Complete the TEAS exam.  The test score must be dated within the past 18 months to be eligible for consideration for selection into the clinical year of the program.
  • A student may retake the TEAS exam a total of three (3) times.
  • The maximum score obtained will be the one used in the admission process.
  • Information related to TEAS scheduling or registration is available online at www.atitesting.com.


  • Applicants who meet the minimum requirements will be considered file complete.
  • All materials must be turned in by June 1 to be considered for the cohort starting in August.
  • The program accepts 30 students per year.
  • Applicants will rank ordered based upon grade point average and TEAS results.


PTA Observation Timesheet PTA Volunteer Experience Form


PTA Program Stats

Data used to calculate graduation rate (PTA Program) Hocking College


Beginning size of cohort AUG as of (October 1)

Number graduating on time (graduation year)

Number graduating in 150% of time


Rate-based upon formula provided by CAPTE


25+ 3 Re-enrolls

21 (2017)




29+2 Re-enrolls





29+2 Re-enrolls





24+6 Re-enrolls

8 (2019)

5 (2020)



Data Used to Calculate Licensure (NPTE-PTA) Pass Rates

         Graduation Year

Number of Graduates Taking Exam

First Time Pass Rates

Number of Graduates Ultimately

Passing EXAM

Ultimate Pass Rate






















Employment rates for graduates who sought employment

Year of Admission/Year of Grad/


# of Grads-

Who Took Licensing Exam

# of Graduates-Who did NOT take Licensing Exam

# of Graduates Successful on FSBPT

# if Licensees who sought employment

# of Licensees unable to contact/no response

# of Licensees who sought employment and were employed









16/16= 100%




























Revised 11/29/2020


Student Learning Outcomes 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant:

  • Within the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant, safely and effectively collect patient data and perform interventions identified in the plan of care established by the supervising physical therapist.
  • Complete accurate and timely documentation that follows the guidelines of state practice acts, the clinical setting, and other regulatory agencies.
  • Effectively manage daily operations of physical therapy services including scheduling, billing/reimbursement and quality assurance.
  • Implement individualized patient intervention(s) established by the physical therapist including modifications based on patient status, pathophysiology, and plan of care reporting changes to the supervising physical therapist.
  • Under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist, participate in coordinating continuity of care with patient, caregivers and members of the health care team concerning education, discharge planning and follow up care.

Download 2017-2018 Data

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016-2017 45%
2015 - 2016 52%
2014 - 2015  31%


Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the Office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 4.46%
2015 - 2016 20%

2014 - 2015


The ATI-TEAS is required for all students who wish to apply to the second/clinical year of the program.
The four test categories include reading, math, science and English.

Before taking the TEAS, it is recommended that students review and prepare for the exam to achieve the best score. Study materials are available in the Academic Success Center on the first floor of Davidson Hall, on the ATI website, local bookstores and online retailers.

To register for the TEAS-V, students must register and pay online using a debit or credit card. The cost of the test is currently $77.00
Registration process (Works best using Firefox as a browser.):

  • Go to the ATI Testing website at www.atitesting.com.
  • Click on "create account" and follow the prompts to complete the form (any blue field must be completed).
  • Click on the online store and choose "TEAS" then "Allied Health."
  • Choose USA, OHIO and Nelsonville (where Hocking College is located).
  • Choose test date and time.
  • Click Register then follow prompts to put in credit card information to pay for the test.
  • After registering, you will receive a date and time that you are scheduled to test.

Test Day:

  • You will need either a Driver's License or State Issued ID (College ID's are not accepted).
  • Take two number 2 pencils, your ID and the confirmation email received from ATI to the testing
    center on the day of your test.
  • Calculators, cell phones, tablets, laptops or other electronic devices are not permitted.
  • Arrive at the Academic Success Center on the first floor of Davidson Hall at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled test time.
  • Sign-In, Room 108 Davidson Hall
  • You will be provided with scrap paper to use during the test.

Available test dates for Spring 2020 are:

  • March 16, 18, 20, 24, 26 and 30;
  • April 1, 3, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 21, 23 and 27;
  • May 5 and 7.


The Physical Therapist Assisting at Hocking College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 740 753-6404 or email simonm@hocking.edu.

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