Accreditation and Licensure

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. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 814-827-4441 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 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.