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


The Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree program prepares students to carry out customized rehabilitative care plans tailored to their patients’ individual needs. The program offers a traditional track for first-time college students and a transfer option for individuals who have an associate’s degree or higher or have earned at least 35 credit hours from an accredited college or university. Successful completion of the PTA Program leads to an Associate of Science degree, making students eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE). After attaining licensure and becoming a practicing PTA, students can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in PTA degree program to further enhance their clinical competencies and job opportunities within the field.

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Traditional 24-month program option requirements are listed below. Admission criteria can be found as stated in the “Admissions Policies” section. 

Curriculum Requirements

In order to complete an Associate of Science degree in PTA degree at Clarkson College, students must successfully complete a total of 74 semester hours. Students are required to attend year-round, with all PTA courses completed in the sequence, as shown in the sample curriculum. The semester hours must be distributed as follows:

  • Clarkson College Core Courses = 9  semester hours
  • General Education = 18 semester hours (eight semester hours of the General Education hours includes the support courses of Anatomy and Physiology)
  • PTA Major Courses = 47 semester hours

Program requires Health and Safety – View Health and Safety Information

Health Care Core Courses: nine semester hours

Core Curriculum Courses may be taken anytime during this program or prior to entering the PTA four-semester program option. These courses must be taken at Clarkson College.

Course Semester Hours
◊ Intercultural Communication Health Care Core - IC 200 Developing Cultural Competence OR IC 250 Advancing Cultural Competence 3
Humanities Health Care Core - HU 200 A Cultural History of the Healing Arts OR HU 205 The History of Science, Technology and Medicine OR HU 210 American Social Movements OR HU 215 Academic Travel Abroad Humanities 3
Ethics, Empathy, and Advocacy Health Care Core - EA 200 Biomedical Ethics in Health Care OR EA 205 Death and Dying OR EA 210 American Poverty and Health Care OR EA 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
  Total 9

Curriculum Plan

The following curriculum plan for an Associate 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.

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: 

PTA Required Courses Traditional Program (24-month option)

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

First Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
BI 211 - Human Anatomy - Lecture and Lab 4
EN 101 - English Composition I 3
PTA 106 - Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PY 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3
GEN 105 - Medical Terminology 1
PTA 105 - Functional Anatomy for the Physical Therapist Assistant 3
◊ IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 16

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
BI 213 - Human Physiology - Lecture and Lab 4
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
PTA 110 - Basic Skills in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 115 - Therapeutic Exercise I 3
PTA 107 - Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
Total Semester Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 120 - Therapeutic Modalities I 3
PTA 125 - Clinical Practicum I 1
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
Total Semester Hours 7
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
MA 120 - College Algebra 3
PTA 205 - Pathophysiology 3
PTA 210 - Therapeutic Modalities II 3
PTA 215 - Therapeutic Exercise II 3
Total Semester Hours 12

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
PTA 213 - Professional Leadership Seminar 1
PTA 220 - Clinical Practicum II 3
PTA 230 - Advanced Procedures 3
PTA 235 - Therapeutic Exercise III 3
Total Semester Hours 13

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum III 5
PTA 245 - Clinical Practicum IV 6
Total Semester Hours 11

Total Semester Hours - 74

Last updated: 06/01/2018