Physical Therapist Assistant

Degree Awarded:
Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

Length of Program:
6 semesters (24 months)

Application Deadlines:
Nov. 30, Feb. 1
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Hands-on Experience

The PTA program offers students hands-on experiences in our on-campus skills lab and at more than 250 clinical site locations.

Degree Overview

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 professionally provide high quality, ethical, and compassionate 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 hands on time in our on-campus labs practicing therapeutic techniques used in the physical therapy field while collaborating with classmates to create case-based interventions and treatment plans.

Service learning opportunities and clinical experiences throughout the program prepare students for real world practice. The final semester will fully immerse you into the PTA role as you complete one five-week and one six-week clinical experience at the sites of your choice. This real-life, hands-on experience will train you 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.

How we prepare
the best

  • Begin working as a PTA in just two years in a field with an expected growth rate of 26% by 2028.
  • Service learning opportunities to prepare for real world and clinical experiences.
  • Choice of clinical experiences from over 250 sites across the nation.
  • Long standing relationships with PT programs for PT/PTA student collaboration.
  • Overall board pass rate of 100 percent in 2019.

PTA Required Courses Traditional Program (24-month option)

The following curriculum plan for an Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree has been provided. Below is the lock-step outline of the program’s curriculum to guide students.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2020-21 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.


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Undergraduate Tuition

Cost per Credit Hour

Cost per Semester
$7,084 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$3,542 - Part-time (6 hrs)

Undergraduate Tuition$558 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Application Fee for first time students $35/ each
Enrollment Fee for first time students $100/ each
Technology Fee: On-Campus $20 / credit-hour
Activity Fee $4 / credit-hour
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Lab Fee - General Education $40/ class
PTA: APTA Membership (PTA 106) $140/ each
Lab Fee (BSN, RT, PTA) $30/ class
PTA: Board Prep Course Fee (PTA 213) $160/ each

Career Overview

Median Salary

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Job Outlook

Overall employment of physical therapist assistants and aides is projected to grow 26 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.. 
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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