Physical Therapist Assistant

Degree Awarded:
Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant

Length of Program:
4 semesters (16 months)

Application Deadlines:
Nov. 30, Feb. 1
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Degree Overview

The Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) transfer option is ideal for individuals who have an Associate’s degree or higher or have earned at least 35 credit hours from an accredited college or university. Throughout the four semester (15-month) 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).

As a transfer student, you will complete three semesters of classroom courses with on-campus labs followed by one semester of clinical experiences. During the on-campus labs, you will spend ample time practicing hands-on therapeutic techniques used in physical therapy practice 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 five-week and six-week clinical experiences at 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 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.

Required General Education/Support Courses  

Students applying for the transfer track should possess: an associate degree or higher level degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or have earned 35 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution with a transfer grade of a “C-” or higher. Eighteen of those hours must include the following:

Course Semester Hours
Medical Terminology 1
College Algebra 3
English Composition I 3
Introduction to Psychology 3
Anatomy (plus lab) (must be current within last five years) 4
Physiology (plus lab) (must be current within last five years) 4
Electives (minimum) 17
  Total 35

How we prepare
the best

  • Begin working as a PTA after just 15 months in a field with an expected growth rate of 26% by 2028.
  • Curriculum designed for students with an Associate’s degree or at least 35 credit hours from an accredited institution.
  • Service learning opportunities prepare students 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.
  • Board pass rate of 100% in 2019.

PTA Required Courses (16-month option)

The following curriculum plan for an Associate of Science in PTA 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
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $90/ student
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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