PTA Program Curriculum

Students who complete the pre-requisite courses and are accepted into the PTA Program begin the technical phase of the PTA Program Curriculum in June of each year. Following completion of the summer courses, the students attend fall and spring semesters, then the 2nd summer consists of full time clinical internships. The PTA Program curriculum is very demanding with many hours of in-class and out-of -class time required. It is recommended that students work no more than 10 hours per week.

Clinical placement may be subject to criminal background check, drug screening and other clinical facility policies. In addition, students may be required to go to health care institutions outside Northwest Arkansas for clinical internships at the student's expense. In addition to the curriculum stated below, students will be required to complete 20 hours per semester of service learning for regional non-profit agencies.


Check current college catalog for course descriptions.

PTA Summer Semester (10 hours)

PHTA 2101 Basic Principles of Physical Therapy

PHTA 2121 Basic Principles of Physical Therapy Lab

PHTA 2222 Communication & Documentation

PHTA 2114 Basic PT Tests and Measures

PHTA 2112 Basic PT Tests and Measures Lab


PTA Fall Semester (17 hours)

PHTA 2252 Life Span Development

PHTA 2231 Theory & Treatment Technique

PHTA 2232 Theory & Treatment Technique Lab

PHTA 2283 Physical Therapy Procedures I

PHTA 2202 Physical Therapy Procedures I Lab

PHTA 2271 Clinical Experience I

PHTA 2213 Pathophysiological Conditions

PHTA 2241 Gait Analysis Training

PHTA 2242 Gait Analysis Training Lab


PTA Spring Semester (17 hours)

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


PTA Summer Semester (6 hours)

PHTA 2403 Clinical Internship II

PHTA 2413 Clinical Internship III