Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant

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

The B.S. degree in PTA program builds off the innovative, adaptive and quality education offered through the Clarkson College Associate’s degree in PTA program, while seeking to  narrow  the educational gap between PTAs and doctors of physical therapy. The advanced curriculum entails courses pertaining to revenue cycle management, pharmacology, advanced orthopedic, neurological and multisystem care, clinical leadership and practice integration, outcome measures and reporting, nutrition science, and statistics, just to name a few. While the bachelor’s degree option does not include a clinical component, students will visit the Clarkson College campus a total of four times during enrollment in the program to complete hands on work and competency checks.  

As a graduate of the Bachelor’s in PTA degree program, you will have the advanced leadership, technical and evidence-based knowledge to progress in your current role in the physical therapy field.


Prerequisites for the PTA Bachelor’s Degree Program

  • 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.

What Makes Clarkson College & Our PTA Program Different

  • One of the first colleges in the nation to offer a Bachelor’s degree in PTA
  • Ability to complete online in four semesters with only one on-campus visit required per semester
  • Choose from electives in gerontology, health care business management, women’s health and more
  • Courses in evidenced-based practice, health care management, practice-specific advanced rehabilitation and more
  • No clinical or practicum rotations. Real-world experience as a practicing PTA will be applied to coursework throughout the program 
  • Seven faculty members with a combined 83 years of practice and patient care experience, and 55 years of experience educating future PTAs.
  • Largest PTA program in Nebraska; established in 1994