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 will 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.  The program is currently seeking CAPTE approval for a hybrid expansion program to begin Fall of 2021. This program will allow students to take all coursework online and only come to campus once a month from Friday-Sunday 8-6 for the lab component. This program is designed to meet the needs of those students who do not live in NW Arkansas but wish to have high quality PTA education available with a flexible schedule all while remaining living, completing clinical internships, and working in their hometowns. Therefore, students who reside further from NWACC will receive points towards the application process, Please see application for details. Application will be available February of 2021 and applicants will be informed of program approval or denial by November of 2021.

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.

 

Get Started

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

Find Out How to Apply

 

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: accreditation@apta.org and website: http://www.capteonline.org. 

If needing to contact the program directly, please call Sammi Beckmann at 479-619-4253 or sbeckmann1@nwacc.edu