PTA Traditional Option
The Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) traditional track is designed for first-time college students or those who have not previously earned an accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Throughout the integrated two-year program, our expert faculty prepare students to provide safe, ethical and effective rehabilitative services under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist (PT).
To prepare our students for their role as an entry-level PTA, our curriculum combines general education courses with those specific to the PTA profession, such as Functional Anatomy and Therapeutic Exercise. As a student in the program, you will spend ample time in our on-campus labs familiarizing yourself with current equipment and therapeutic techniques used in the physical therapy field as you collaborate with classmates to create patient interventions and treatment plans.
While experience in the clinical setting occurs throughout the program, your final semester will fully immerse you into your PTA role as you complete one five-week and one six-week clinical rotation at the sites of your choice. This real-life, hands-on experience will train you to provide the skills to improve patients’ mobility, alleviate functional limitations and prevent or correct disabilities, as well as develop communication skills and professionalism in the health care setting.
Upon successful completion of all of your PTA degree requirements, you will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants. As a licensed PTA, you will have the skills to work as an integral part of a rehabilitation team and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.