Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Since introducing our Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in 1994, Clarkson College has grown to be the largest and one of the most highly-esteemed programs of its kind across the state of Nebraska. Each year, we graduate two classes of students who are prepared to step into their physical therapy roles and provide exceptional patient care.

The primary responsibilities of a PTA are to assist with patient evaluations and assessment activities, implement treatment programs according to a plan of care, train patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conduct treatments using specialized equipment, administer modalities and other treatment procedures and report to the PT on patients’ responses to treatment.

The Clarkson College PTA program offers a well-structured academic curriculum and 15 weeks of hands-on clinical rotations where you’ll learn to assist patients of all ages, and with various movement disorders, to become independent in their day-to-day functions. Because every client has a unique set of circumstances, you’ll learn to create a personalized rehabilitation plan for each one that includes a series of physical therapy interventions and activities that will help them reach their recovery goals.