Accreditation and Licensure

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Pittsburgh-Titusville 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. The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see http://www.capteonline.org/WhatWeDo/RecentActions/PublicDisclosureNotices/.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 814-827-4445 or email kguth@pitt.edu.

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, several mock board examinations, a new NPTAE  review course and a professional on-campus board exam prep workshop.

In addition to a PTA certification/licensure, many state licensing boards require a criminal background check, fingerprinting, and child abuse clearance.To maintain acceptance in the PTA program, students must successfully pass a drug screening, which will be initiated in the first semester. Further, prior to beginning clinical education courses, students must meet all of these common requirements of the respective facilities/companies, which may include some or all of the following: fingerprinting, TB testing, CPR, drug screening and  Act 34 and Act 151 clearances. 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.