Physical Therapist Assistant Associates Program: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Advance Strength and Recovery as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

By participating in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at NWACC, you'lll develop the skills and knowledge to perform direct patient care, prepare for the state licensure exam, and begin your career as the support role to a Physical Therapist.

What is a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)?

A Physical Therapist Assistant increases patients' mobility and independence through therapeutic treatments that can decrease pain and discomfort, as well as increase strength and endurance. An assistant's therapy treatments are performed under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

About the PTA Program:

The PTA Program at NWACC includes two semesters of prerequisite course work followed by admission into the PTA Program for three semesters of technical and clinical physical therapy courses.

By partnering with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Physical Therapy (PT) Program , PTA and PT students are placed in the same classroom in an effort to gain the working knowledge of the PT and PTA relationship. PTA students can also attend clinical rotations side-by-side with the same PT students. 

By successfully completing the PTA Program, students will obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTE). Students are required to pass the NPTE to receive a license to practice.


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Applications are available every year from November 1st through March 1st.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at NWACC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. Telephone: 703-706-3245, email: and website: 

If needing to contact the program directly, please call Sammi Beckmann at 479-619-4253 or