Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Third Graduation of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program


The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology proudly invited family and friends to join the celebration of the Commencement Exercises for the third graduating class of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program on Tuesday, August 22, at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology Theatre, located at 800 Manchester Avenue, Media.

Fourteen proud graduates received their Associate Degree in Science – Physical Therapist Assistant. The graduates were:  Elizabeth Francesca Amoroso (Media), Lauren Ann Duncan (King of Prussia), Asaad Mhaidi Elmedkhar (Middletown, DE), Joshua Patrick Fuller (Philadelphia), Bryanna Christine Hodgson (Aston), Lori L. Kerr (Chester Springs), Kimberly J. Kozlowski (Aston), Nicole Brooke Lord (Newtown Square), Brett Matthew McCombs (Brookhaven), Elizabeth Murphy-Avery (Downingtown), Thomas Obi-Tabot (Glen Mills), Marina Osykina (Huntingdon Valley), Alexandria Dawn Peirson (Avondale), and Nicole D. Rose (Maple Shade, NJ).

The VALEDICTORIAN AWARD was presented to Nicole D. Rose, who graduated Summa Cum Laude. The SALUTATORIAN AWARD was presented to Marina Osykina, who graduated Magna Cum Laude. The CARING AND COMPASSION AWARD was presented to Nicole Lord, who graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Who helps individuals gain mobility and reduce pain after injury or surgery? The answer is licensed Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) who work under the direct supervision of licensed Physical Therapists in hospitals, health care clinics, nursing homes and physician’s offices.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.), a Middle States-accredited two-year college with its Media Campus located at 800 Manchester Avenue, has been approved as one of the few colleges in the region for the preparation of Physical Therapist Assistants.

The Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) announced that Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program has received full accreditation. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that only graduates from a CAPTE- accredited program are eligible to take the state licensure examination.

New PTA students are accepted after successfully completing the first four terms of the PTA track of the A.S. Health Science Program and meeting all PTA standards. They immediately begin “hands-on” training in physical therapy procedures and modalities and invest considerable time practicing learned skills under the direction of a physical therapist and/or a physical therapist assistant in the College’s two new physical therapy laboratories. Students spend over 600 hours providing care for patients at various physical therapy facilities in the region toward the end of the program.

“This STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program strongly supports our College’s mission of STUDENT SUCCESS,”  Walter R. Garrison, the College’s Founder, offered.  “A graduate from this exciting program has a wealth of employment opportunities – the demand is now!” This outstanding program has a 100% job placement rate for its graduates.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is now interviewing students at the Media Campus, 800 Manchester Avenue, Media, PA 19063, for admission to its next term starting October 9, 2017.

Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is a two-year college accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, 267-287-5000. P.I.T. is approved as a two-year college by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Top row:  L to R:  Bryanna Hodgson, Kimberly Kozlowski, Lori Kerr, Lauren Duncan, Asaad Elmedkhar, Thomas Obi-Tabot, Joshua Fuller

Lower row:  L to R: Nicole Rose, Alexandria Peirson, Nicole Lord, Elizabeth Murphy-Avery, Brett McCombs, Elizabeth Amoroso, Marina Osykina