The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Penn State Hazleton.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Penn State Hazleton helps to prepare individuals to become skilled health care workers who assist physical therapists in patient treatment. Students can learn and develop skills in the appropriate use of exercise and therapeutic modalities.
Admission to the program is available to first-year, transfer students, re-enrollment applicants, and current Penn State students wishing to change major/campus. Students are admitted during the fall semester. Spring semester admission is possible for transfer students if they have taken anatomy; decisions will be made on an individual basis. The size of each class is limited to 55 students. This number allows for optimal academic, clinical and practical experiences while maintaining a high degree of individual attention for the students. The recommended deadline for application is November 30 of the year prior to the next fall admissions. Applications received after November 30 will be considered in a later pool of applicants.
The applicants will be selected by an admissions committee based primarily on their prior GPA (grades in science courses are weighed heavily). Documented observations in physical therapy clinics amounting to at least 10 hours, will be reviewed favorably; this documentation must be sent directly to the program representative, not University Park. A short waiting list will be selected for each admission period in case space becomes available following the initial offers.
Students currently in 2 PTA majors at another Penn State campus, who wish to change campuses and 2 PTA programs will be considered based on availability of space and curriculum compatibility. The direct approval of the program coordinator at the Hazleton campus will be required.
Articulation Agreement Between Penn State and Misericordia University
On September 2, 2009, Pennsylvania State University, through Penn State Hazleton, and Misericordia University entered into an agreement to transfer academic credits from Penn State's Associate in Science degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program to the Doctor of Physical therapy degree program offered by Misericordia. Penn State students who earn an associate in science degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, continue their education to earn a bachelor's degree at Penn State with the necessary prerequisites, and remain in good standing can apply to Misericorida University's Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. Please contact the following individuals for information regarding this agreement.
Penn State Hazleton's representative:
Rosemarie Petrilla, PT, DPT
Address: 76 University Drive
Hazleton, PA 18202
Misericordia University's representative:
Susan P. Barker, PT, PhD
Address: 301 Lake Street
Dallas, PA, 18612
- Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Website
- American Physical Therapy Association Website
- Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Website
- PTA Program Information