Director of Physical Therapist Assistant
Jessica Niemann, PTA, M.Ed.
PH 402.552.2868  TF 800.647.5500


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 PTA. 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 Bachelor's degree in PTA 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 the Clarkson College 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 Department, College website or 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 must successfully complete an Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree in PTA prior to taking the advanced Bachelor of Science in PTA (B.S. PTA) courses. 


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Curriculum Plan

The following curriculum plan provides an overview of the classes required to complete the Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science dual degree in 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: 122 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 - Transfer Option 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
PTA 125 - Clinical Practicum I 1
◊ IC Core - Intercultural Communication 3
PTA 122 - Therapeutic Modalities 3
PTA 205 - Pathophysiology 3
PTA 215 - Therapeutic Exercise II 3
PTA 222 - Therapeutic Interventions 3
Total Semester Hours 16

Third Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA 220 - Clinical Practicum II 3
HU Core - Humanities 3
◊ PTA 213 - Professional Leadership Seminar 1
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 262 - Business Communication and Marketing 3
BI 122 - Nutrition Science 3
Total Semester Hours 8

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

Second Semester

Course Name Semester Hours
PTA-250 - Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration II 1
PTA 330 - Advanced Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Interventions 3
PTA 335 - Advanced Musculoskeletal System Interventions 3
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 - 122

Last updated: 05/31/2022