Hybrid Physical Therapist Assistant Program | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Hybrid PTA Program

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) increase patients' mobility and independence through therapeutic treatments that can decrease pain and discomfort, as well as increase strength and endurance. By participating in an NWACC's PTA program, 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.

Hybrid PTA program courses are offered online and are augmented with weekly online meetings with instructors. Students will also be required to come to the NWACC campus approximately every three to four weeks (depending on the semester) for a three-day intensive lab. The program runs for four full-time semesters and two part-time summer semesters. It consists of one semester of prerequisite courses, followed by another semester of technical and general education courses, and then three semesters of technical and clinical coursework. The program offers flexible hours for coursework but studying and practicing in the evenings and weekends must be done in order to be successful.

The Hybrid PTA program is designed for those who do not live in Northwest Arkansas and require a flexible schedule while living, completing clinical internships, and working in their hometowns. Students who reside further from NWACC will receive points during the application process. The program also allows students to increase work hours slightly over that of the traditional student, if necessary.

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