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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.
Applications are available every year from November 1st through March 1st.
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: email@example.com and website: http://www.capteonline.org.
If needing to contact the program directly, please call Sammi Beckmann at 479-619-4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following:
CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.