Traditional Physical Therapy Assistant Coursework | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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When participating in NWACC's traditional PTA program, you will be required to take prerequisites and technical courses, attend clinicals and perform service learning. View the information below to learn more.

Required Courses

View a list of the pre-requisites and courses required to earn an AAS in Physical Therapists Assistant.

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.

Once Accepted

You will begin the technical phase of the traditional PTA program curriculum in June of each year. Following completion of the summer courses, you will then attend fall and spring semesters. The second summer semester consists of full-time clinical internships. 


Clinical placement will 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.

Service Learning

In addition to your coursework, you will be required to complete 20 hours per semester of service learning for regional non-profit agencies.