Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Dr. Michael Witte, P.T., D.P.T., ATC/L, CSCS
PH 402.552.3325  TF 800.647.5500 
wittemichael@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is designed to prepare graduates for additional career opportunities and advancement within the profession. Designed as a degree completion program, working and licensed PTA's can advance their A.S. or A.A.S  degree to a Bachelor's degree with specific, focused content for the practicing PTA clinician. The program can be completed in 4 (full time) or 7 (part time) semesters. Admission criteria can be found as stated in the “Admissions Policies” section above. 

Curriculum Requirements

Students must first possess an Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in PTA, and have a valid state license and employment by the end of the first semester. Students must successfully complete a total of 47 semester hours in the program. Students are required to attend year-round, with all PTA courses completed in the sequence, as shown in the curriculum.

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Core Courses – Nine semester hours

Core curriculum courses must be taken at Clarkson College. Core courses are marked with an asterisk (*) after the course name.

Curriculum Plan

The following curriculum plan for an Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree has been provided to guide students in preparing a degree plan. Students should seek the advice of a PTA advisor to customize a degree. All semester hours of PTA major courses must be completed at Clarkson College. In addition, once a student enrolls at Clarkson College all general education coursework must be completed at the College. Total Semester Hours in Program 47.

Service Requirements

Service reflects a holistic view that focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large. Students will become familiar with service agencies, connect learning with practice and engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity and Excellence.

All students are required to complete designated service courses as a component of their program of study. Successful completion of service experiences is required to pass the designated service courses. Designated service courses are identified using the following symbol: ◊

Bachelor of Science in PTA Required Courses

The following curriculum plan for an Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree has been provided. Below is the lock-step Full and Part-Time outline of the program’s curriculum to guide students.

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Bachelor of Science in PTA Required Courses - Full-Time Option

First Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
ST 310 Statistics 3
PTA 260 Evidence-Based Practice/Critical Inquiry/Ethics in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 335 Advanced Musculoskeletal System Interventions 3
PTA 150 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration I 1
    Total 13
Spring Semester Semester Hours
HM 180 Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BI 122 Nutrition Science 3
BU 375 Concepts of Leadership 2
PTA 330 Advanced Neurological and Cardiopulmonary Interventions 3
PTA 250 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration II 1
    Total 11
Summer Semester Semester Hours
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
PTA 307 Outcome Measures and Reporting for the PTA 3
PTA 350 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration III 1
PTA 370  Acute to Chronic Care in Physical Therapy 3
    Total 13

Second Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
  Elective 3
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
PTA 405 Advanced Multiple System Intervention and Care Through the Lifespan 3
PTA 450 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration IV 1
    Total 10

Total Semester Hours in Program 47

Bachelor of Science in PTA Required Courses - Part-Time Option

First Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
PTA 335 Advanced Musculoskeletal System Interventions 3
ST 310 Statistics 3
PTA 150 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration I 1
    Total 7
Spring Semester Semester Hours
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
BU 375 Concepts of Leadership 2
PTA 250 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration II 1
    Total 6
Summer Semester Semester Hours
PTA 307 Outcome Measures and Reporting for the PTA 3
BU 310 Revenue Cycle Management 3
    Total 6

Second Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
PTA 260 Evidence-Based Practice/Critical Inquiry/Ethics in Physical Therapy 3
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
    Total 6
Spring Semester Semester Hours
PTA 330 Advanced Neurological and Cardiopulmonary Interventions 3
HM 180 Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BI 122 Nutrition Science 3
    Total 8
Summer Semester Semester Hours
PTA 370 Acute to Chronic Care in Physical Therapy 3
HC Core Health Care Core:  ◊ Intercultural Communications IC , Humanities HU, Ethics, Empathy & Advocacy EA. View complete list of Health Care Core Courses. 3
PTA 350 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration III 1
    Total 7

Third Year

Fall Semester Semester Hours
  Elective 3
PTA 405 Advanced Multiple System Intervention and Care Through the Lifespan 3
PTA 450 Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration IV 1
    Total 7

Total Semester Hours in Program 47