Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist to help implement treatment programs that help to improve a patient’s mobility, alleviate functional limitations, and prevent or correct disabilities. PTAs can assist patients who want to overcome conditions such as pain, arthritis, orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, medical illness, pediatric problems and conditions related to aging.

This challenging and popular program runs for 5 consecutive semesters (2 years) beginning each fall. Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to take the national licensing exam and apply for state licensure.

If you are curious about the field, consider taking ALHN124 Career Exploration in Physical Therapy. This class will help you learn more about what the job entails and the opportunities available in the field.

Career Opportunities

As a physical therapist assistant, you may serve in many types of settings, including schools, private offices, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics and long-term care facilities. You may work with patients of all ages.

Higher than average job growth is expected for this career, and physical therapist assistants often rank among the highest in the country for best health care jobs and most satisfying jobs.

The program offers an Associate Degree. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.


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Contact the Program Coordinator

John Myers, PT, DPT, MBA
(440) 366-7881
Room HS 223G

Clinical Education Coordinator
Carrie Chapman, PT, DPT, MS
(440) 366-7210
Room HS 223 E


University Partnership

Our Physical Therapist Assistant courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs:

   Bachelor of Science in Allied Health from Youngstown State University

   Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University

   Bachelor of Science in Public Health with an Applied Science major from Youngstown State University

   Master of Health and Human Services from Youngstown State University

Transfer to another college or university

LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education at LCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

  Learn more about how to transfer LCCC credits to another college or university

Getting started while you’re still in high school

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.

The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students. 

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school!

   Learn more about earning college credit in high school.