In Ohio, there are both physical therapy (PT) and physical therapy assistant (PTA) programs available. PTA studies are offered through associate degree programs. PT programs in the state are offered at the doctoral level, though bachelor's degree programs preparing students for graduate study are also available. Programs combine lectures with hands-on clinical experiences.
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredits physical therapy and physical therapy assistant programs throughout the United States. With the exception of the bachelor's degree program offered by the University of Akron and the degree completion program offered by Cleveland State University, each of the programs discussed in this article is accredited.
Cleveland State University
Located in Cleveland, this school enrolls about 17,000 students. It offers a bachelor's degree completion program for graduates of Cuyahoga Community College's physical therapy assisting technology associate's degree program. Graduates of this program earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.
The university also offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program that requires 112 semester credits of study. Coursework in this program covers topics such as functional anatomy for physical therapists, basic pharmacotherapeutics and physical therapy theory and practice. The program's curriculum also includes several clinical experiences.
Cuyahoga Community College District
This school is located in Cleveland and enrolls about 25,500 students. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting Technology that requires 70 credit hours of study. Classes in this program focus on subjects like functional anatomy, the fundamentals of physical therapy and pharmacology. Students in the program also complete clinical experiences.
Ohio State University
This university is located in Columbus and enrolls about 58,700 students. It offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program that includes a total of 117 credits of study. Classes in this program provide instruction about advanced orthopedic physical therapy, different diagnoses and adult neurological rehabilitation. The program's curriculum also includes clinical experiences.
The university also offers a dual Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program that prepares graduates for careers in academia. Students in this program begin taking Ph.D. coursework during their third year of DPT studies and must write a dissertation prior to graduation.
This university's main campus is located in Athens, which is the location that offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. This program, which requires three years of study, includes a clinical practicum. Classes in this program cover topics like behavioral neuroscience, manual therapy and pediatrics.
Owens Community College
This community college is located in Perrysburg and enrolls approximately 11,500 students. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program that requires four semesters of study. Classes in this program focus on subjects such as psychology, musculoskeletal dysfunction and physical science for technology. In addition to lectures, the program's curriculum includes lab work and clinical experiences.
Sinclair Community College
Sinclair Community College is located in Dayton. The school offers an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant program. This program includes coursework covering topics like medical terminology, human anatomy and physiology, physics for technology and therapeutic foundations. Students in the program also complete clinical experiences.
Stark State College
Stark State College is located in Canton and enrolls approximately 12,600 students. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant that requires 71 credit hours of study. This program includes coursework in subjects such as lifespan development, human diseases and PTA procedures. The program also includes several directed practice experiences.
University of Akron
This university, which is located in Akron, enrolls about 23,000 students. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in pre-physical therapy. This 4-year program includes coursework in statistics, exercise testing, diagnosis of motor skills and kinesiology.
University of Cincinnati
This university is located in Cincinnati and enrolls about 36,000 students. It offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program that requires 117 credits of study and takes three years to complete. Students in this program complete coursework in topics such as conducting examinations, pathophysiology and movement science. They also complete clinical experiences.
University of Toledo
Located in Toledo, this university enrolls about 20,400 students. It offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy program that requires three years of study. This program, which includes clinical experiences, offers coursework in topics like practice management and applied exercise physiology.
Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants must be licensed by the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board prior to working in the state. To become a licensed PT, an individual must graduate from a master's or doctoral program provided by an accredited school and pass an exam. To earn PTA licensure, an individual must graduate from a two-year physical therapy degree program offered by an accredited school and pass an exam.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Physical Therapy Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Cleveland State University||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree completion program,
Doctor of Physical Therapy
|$10,457 for in-state and $14,824 for out-of-state students|
|Cuyahoga Community College District||2-year, public; large city||Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting Technology||$3,436 for in-district, $4,322 for in-state and $8,136 for out-of-state students|
|Ohio State University||4-year, public; large city|| Doctor of Physical Therapy,
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy dual-degree program
|$12,425 for in-state graduate and $34,929 for out-of-state graduate students|
|Ohio University||4-year, public; distant town||Doctor of Physical Therapy||$9,720 for in-state graduate and $17,712 for out-of-state graduate students|
|Owens Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant||$5,150 for in-state and $9,062 for out-of-state students|
|Sinclair Community College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant||$2,870 for in-district, $4,004 for in-state and $7,271 for out-of-state students|
|Stark State College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant||$4,070 for in-state and $7,166 for out-of-state students|
|University of Akron||4-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in pre-physical therapy||$11,463 for in-state and $15,500 for out-of-state students|
|University of Cincinnati||4-year, public; large city||Doctor of Physical Therapy||$14,468 for in-state graduate and $26,210 for out-of-state graduate students|
|University of Toledo||4-year, public; large city||Doctor of Physical Therapy||$15,427 for in-state graduate and $25,771 for out-of-state graduate students|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator.