Degree Plan

A student must meet NWACC admission criteria and the criteria for admission to the PTA Program before applying to the PTA Program. You can view the selection process and criteria here.

The deadline for the completed PTA Program application packet to be received in the Health Profession Division is March 1st.  The PTA degree program consists of 29 hours of general education courses and 50 hours of PTA core courses for a total of 79 credit hours in the AAS degree. All required general education courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better for students to be considered eligible for acceptance into the PTA program.
Students may be required to go to health care institutions outside Northwest Arkansas for clinical internships at the student's expense. Clinical placement is subject to criminal background checks, drug screening and other clinical facility policies. Students must carry health insurance if admitted into the PTA Program in order to attend clinical education.
Graduates of the PTA Program receive an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant. The two-year average ultimate pass rate on the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination is 100% and 91% employment rate in the field of physical therapy within 6 months of graduation.
For more information about this program, please contact Darcy Williams, Health Professions Academic Advisor at
Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree.