Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Programs
Jessica Niemann, PTA, M.Ed
PH  402.552.2868    TF  800.647.5500 
niemannjessica@clarksoncollege.edu

Introduction

Students earning an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) are encouraged to take advantage of the Clarkson College dual degree option. This option allows you to subsequently earn a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. The degree is designed to prepare graduates for additional career opportunities and advancement within the profession. Students with no prior college experience can graduate with both majors in just over three years. Graduates from another accredited college can complete the BS PTA degree in four semesters (full-time) or seven semesters (part-time).

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 applying for the transfer track should possess: an associate degree or higher level degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or have earned 35 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution with a transfer grade of a “C-” or higher. Eighteen of those hours must include the following:

General Education Courses (18 hours) Semester Hours
College Algebra 3
English Composition I 3
Anatomy and Anatomy Lab (must be within the last 5 years) 4
Physiology and Physiology Lab (must be within the last 5 years) 4
Medical Terminology 1

Students should hold a current PTA license prior to taking PTA 330 and PTA 335 and hold employment of 10 hours per week to complete advanced skills coursework. A 2.5 college GPA is desired.

 

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Curriculum Plan

The following sample curriculum plan provides an overview of the classes required to complete the Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science dual degree in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Students should work with their advisor to customize their degree plan.

  • Total hours for an Associate’s degree in PTA: 74
  • Total hours for the Associate and Bachelor’s degree dual degree in PTA: 121 hours

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: ◊

 

Associate and Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant Required Courses

First Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 105 - Functional Anatomy for the Physical Therapist Assistant 3
PTA 106 - Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
PTA 107 - Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
PTA 110 - Basic Skills in Physical Therapy 3
PTA 115 - Therapeutic Exercise I 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 13

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
◊ IC Core - Intercultural Communication 3
PTA 122 - Therapeutic Modalities 3
PTA 125 - Clinical Practicum I 1
PTA 205 - Pathophysiology 3
PTA 222 - Therapeutic Interventions 3
PTA 215 - Therapeutic Exercise II 3
Total Semester Hours 16

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HU Core - Humanities 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
Second Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
EA Core - Ethics, Empathy, and Advocacy 3
PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum III 5
PTA 245 - Clinical Practicum IV 6
Total Semester Hours 14

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
HM 180 - Essentials of Pharmacology 2
BU 375 - Concepts of Leadership 2
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
Total Semester Hours 7

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
ST 310 - Statistics 3
PTA 307 - Outcome Measures & Reporting for the PTA 3
Total Semester Hours 6
Third Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 260 - Evidence Based Practice and Ethics in Physical Therapy 3
EN 102 - English Composition II 3
PTA 150 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration I 1
Total Semester Hours 7

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 335 - Advanced Musculoskeletal System Interventions 3
PTA 330 - Advanced Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Interventions 3
PTA-250 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration II 1
Total Semester Hours 7

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 350 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration III 1
PTA 370 - Acute to Chronic Care in Physical Therapy 3
Total Semester Hours 4
Fourth Year

First Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
BU 335 - Managing Healthcare Departments 3
PTA 405 - Advanced Multiple System Intervention and Care through the Lifespan 3
◊ PTA 450 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration IV 1
Total Semester Hours 7

Total Semester Hours - 121

Last updated: 06/09/2020