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Traditional PTA Program Coursework

As an NWACC student, you are provided with a guided path to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree and become a PTA. Learn more about the traditional PTA program courses, clinicals and degree plan. 

Once accepted into the traditional PTA program:

  • You begin the technical phase of the PTA program curriculum in June of each year.
  • Following completion of the summer courses, you 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.
  • You may be required to go to health care institutions outside of Northwest Arkansas for clinical internships at your expense.

In addition to the below coursework:

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



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


Degree Plan

AAS in Physical Therapists Assistant


Please Note:

The PTA Program curriculum is very demanding with many required hours in and outside of the classroom. It's recommended that you work no more than 10 hours per week.