Physical Therapy Assistant Coursework: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Achieve Success With a PTA Degree Plan.


NWACC provides students with a guided path to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree and become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Once Accepted into the PTA Program:

  • Students begin the technical phase of the PTA Program curriculum in June of each year.
  • Following completion of the Summer courses, students will attend Fall and Spring semesters.
  • The second Summer semester consists of full-time clinical internships. 

About Clinicals:

  • Clinical placement may be subject to a criminal background check, drug screening and other clinical facility policies.
  • Students may be required to go to health care institutions outside of Northwest Arkansas for clinical internships at the student's expense.

In Addition to the Below Curriculum:

  • Students will be required to complete 20 hours per semester of service learning for regional non-profit agencies.

Degree Plan

 Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assistant


PTA Curriculum:

PHTA 2101 Basic Principles of Physical Therapy
PHTA 2114 Basic PT Tests and Measures
PHTA 2112 Basic PT Tests and Measures Lab

PHTA 2252 Life Span
PHTA 2231 Theory and Treatment
PHTA 2232 Theory and Treatment Lab
PHTA 2283 Physical Therapy Procedures I
PHTA 2202 Physical Therapy Proc I Lab
PHTA 2271 Clinical Experience I
PHTA 2213 Pathophysiological Conditions
PHTA 2241 Gait Analysis and Training

PHTA 2301 Physical Therapy Procedures II
PHTA 2302 Physical Therapy Procedures II Lab
PHTA 2362 Therapeutic Exercise
PHTA 2333 Therapeutic Exercise Lab
PHTA 2391 Neurophysiology
PHTA 2392 Neurophysiology Lab
PHTA 2332 Special Topics
PHTA 2352 Clinical Internship I
PHTA 2361 Pediatrics Lecture
PHTA 2371 Pediatrics Lab

PHTA 2403 Clinical Internship II
PHTA 2413 Clinical Internship III

Please Note:

The PTA Program curriculum is very demanding with many required hours in and outside of the classroom. We recommend that students work no more than 10 hours per week.