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. 

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, graduates will:

  • Implement contemporary treatment plans and technologically advanced physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. (Technology)**
  • Display the ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, gender and lifestyle differences in patients across the lifespan.  (Diversity)**
  • Creatively formulate advanced clinical judgements and effectively translate advanced clinical theory into practice in order to meet the demands of a dynamic health care system and across the patient lifespan. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Assume leadership roles in the advancement of the profession by participating one or more of the following areas: research, education, continuing education and service of a professional organization.  (Professionalism)**
  • Exhibit good ethical judgment in health care practice and demonstrate effective communication with all individuals. (Communication)**
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical practice skills through implementation of evidence based practice of physical therapy. (Critical Thinking)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism. 

Admission Policies

Enrollment in Clarkson College degree programs is limited through a selective admissions process. Admission policies and procedures are available from: the Admissions office, the College website, or in the Academic Policies & Procedures section (AD-1).

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

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
PTA 260 - Evidence Based Practice and Ethics in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 335 - Advanced Musculoskeletal System Interventions 3
PTA 150 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration I 1
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 13

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2
PTA 330 - Advanced Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Interventions 3
PTA-250 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration II 1
Total Semester Hours 11

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
BU 310 - Revenue Cycle Management 3
PTA 307 - Outcome Measures & Reporting for the PTA 3
PTA 350 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration III 1
PTA 370 - Acute to Chronic Care in Physical Therapy 3
Total Semester Hours 13
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
PTA 405 - Advanced Multiple System Intervention and Care through the Lifespan 3
PTA 450 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration IV 1
Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 10

Total Semester Hours - 47

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

First Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 335 - Advanced Musculoskeletal System Interventions 3
ST 310 - Statistics 3
PTA 150 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration I 1
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 7

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2
PTA-250 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration II 1
Total Semester Hours 6

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 307 - Outcome Measures & Reporting for the PTA 3
BU 310 - Revenue Cycle Management 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 260 - Evidence Based Practice and Ethics in Physical Therapy 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
Total Semester Hours 6

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 330 - Advanced Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Interventions 3
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
Total Semester Hours 8

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 370 - Acute to Chronic Care in Physical Therapy 3
IC HU EA - Health Care Core Course 3
PTA 350 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration III 1
Total Semester Hours 7
Third Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 405 - Advanced Multiple System Intervention and Care through the Lifespan 3
PTA 450 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration IV 1
Electives 3
Total Semester Hours 7

Total Semester Hours - 47

Last updated: 08/27/2018