January 17, 2024

DeLaney Harper, a Winchester, Ohio native, is continuing her education in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Shawnee State University.

DeLaney Harper

“I always knew that I wanted a job in the medical field and with my history of playing sports throughout high school I felt like this would be the right field for me,” Harper said. “I really enjoy helping people and finding a way to help them improve their lives.”

SSU’s PTA program is an accredited five-academic semester program, including field work. With a small class size, students can learn hands-on clinical application, therapeutic principles, and direct communication; all preparing them for their work and collaboration with an overseeing physical therapist.

“I love how small and close-knit the program is,” Harper said. “You can get a lot of one-on-one time with the professors, and you get really close with all of your classmates. It makes it really nice because we all study, work, and practice together and it makes everything a lot easier to learn.”

After passing the National PTA Exam, where the program had a 100% pass rate in 2021, SSU graduates will be able to work in a variety of professional settings such as hospitals, outpatient care clinics, rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies, nursing homes, school systems, and more.

To learn more about the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Shawnee State University, visit