Physical Therapist Assistant

Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

Length of Program:
4 semesters (16 months)

Application Deadlines:
Rolling Admission - Fall
Apply Now

Degree Overview

The Clarkson College online Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) degree offers an advanced curriculum that prepares both new PTA graduates and currently practicing PTAs the opportunity to enhance their PTA practice and marketability in the field.

The Bachelor's degree in PTA option opens doors to new opportunities for PTA professionals. The curriculum is  focused on advanced interventions and leadership growth to elevate your practice by building a comprehensive multi-system approach to patient care. The advanced courses are centered around manual skills for orthopedic, neurological and cardiopulmonary care, outcome measures and evidence-based practice, and leadership in the health care environment. During the program, students will attend two to three on-campus experiences to complete hands-on skills with expert faculty.

As a graduate of the program, you will have the advanced leadership, therapeutic skills and evidence-based knowledge to progress in your current role in the physical therapy field.

Prerequisites for the Bachelor's Degree in PTA Option

  • Graduation from a PTA program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),
  • Completion of a total of 74 semester credits of specific coursework at the postsecondary level, including 15 general education, a minimum of 30 PTA technical and 12 related credits.

How we prepare
the best

  • Second college in the nation to offer a Bachelor’s degree in PTA
  • Complete online coursework in only four semesters with two on campus experiences
  • Elevate your PTA practice with advanced interventions and leadership growth
  • Apply coursework to real-world experience as a practicing PTA
  • Largest PTA program in Nebraska; established in 1994

Bachelor of Science in PTA Required Courses - Full-Time Option

Bachelor of Science in PTA Required Courses - Part-Time Option

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.


Learn which scholarships you are eligible for as an in-coming or current student.
Learn More

Financial Aid

Explore the various loan and grant opportunities available to help fund your education.
Learn More

Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour

Cost per Semester
$7,590 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,795 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Undergraduate Tuition$620 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Activity Fee $0 / credit-hour
Technology Fee: On-Campus $0 / credit-hour
Application Fee for first time students $25/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
PTA: On-campus Experience Lab Fee (PTA 330, PTA 335, PTA370, PTA 405) $50/ class
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $99/ student

Career Overview

Median Salary

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020)

Job Outlook

Employment for Physical Therapist Assistants is the 7th fastest growing occupation and is projected to grow 33% for 2019-2029.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.