IWCC PTA Transfer Opportunities

Join an established profession with an education from a health care leader.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the need for physical therapist assistants (PTA) is expected to grow 26% through 2028, much faster than the national average. In addition, Clarkson College graduates* experience exceptional outcomes following completion of the program. Please use the app fee waiver code IWCCPTA to waive the $35 application fee. Upon acceptance, we will also wave your $100 enrollment fee.

Program Outcomes

  • Board pass rate of 93%
  • Graduation rate of 98%
    • 83% national mean
  • 100% job placement rate

*First-time, full-time students. Transfer students and other outcomes available online.

About Physical Therapist Assistant at Clarkson College

In the early 1990s, Clarkson College saw the need for a top-quality physical therapist assistant program in the Omaha area. In fall 1994, the Associates degree in PTA option was launched. Since those early days, the program has grown to include a specific transfer-option, dual degree option with a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Business and major in Management, and one of the first Bachelor’s degree in PTA options in the nation.

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education since 1996, the PTA program has graduated more professionals than any other in the state. Over 200 clinical sites in 21 states highlight the importance placed on hands-on learning and professional network building. In addition, students utilize the critical thinking skills they learn in clinical rotation to create personalized rehabilitation plans that include various physical therapy interventions and activities to help them reach their goals.

The College is excited to celebrate fifty years of the PTA profession and introduce more students to this fulfilling career path. Clarkson College PTA graduates are influential professionals who advance the field of physical therapy through lifelong learning as clinic administrators, faculty members, clinical instructors and clinicians, and by participating in professional organizations at the state and national levels.




Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Clarkson College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.706.3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: www.capteonline.org


Celebrate 50 Scholarship

To expose more professionals to the PTA career path, Clarkson College is excited to offer our celebratory scholarship.

  • Fifty $1,000 scholarships are available to incoming students.
  • Scholarships are one-time only.
  • Students must apply and be accepted to the Clarkson College PTA program to receive the award.

Campus Tour

While the Clarkson College campus remains closed to the public during COVID-19, we can offer you the ability to virtually tour our campus with one of our PTA students.

Campus Tour



Transfer Credits

As a potential transfer student, we can let you know how your previous credits will apply to your program here. Here is a complete listing of everything we can transfer to your program here at Clarkson College, should you chose to apply:

IWCC Transfer Guide

Applying to the PTA Program

We have multiple options to consider when it comes to your PTA goals and career.

  • Traditional (Six semesters, two years): This option is ideal for students with minimal transfer credits or students who have a lot of transfer credits but want to go through school part-time and have a beneficial school/life balance.
  • Transfer (Four semesters, one and a half years): This option maximizes your transfer credit and accelerates you through the PTA curriculum, putting you on the road to your career quickly. To be eligible, you must have the following completed:
Course One of Following
English Composition, 3 credit hours Bachelor’s degree or higher
College Algebra, 3 credit hours Associate’s degree or higher
Introduction to Psychology, 3 credit hours 17 hours of general electives
Medical Terminology, 1 credit hour  
Anatomy, 4 credit hours (within five years)  
Physiology, 4 credit hours (within five years)  

We also have the option for you to dually enroll in the PTA Bachelor’s degree option to complete both your Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in PTA. Both programs can be completed in three and a half years (based on full-time enrollment).

Once you are ready, you can apply online:
Start Online Application

Please use the app fee waiver code IWCCPTA to waive the $35 application fee. Upon acceptance, we will also wave your $100 enrollment fee. You will need to do the following in order to apply:

  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit official transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.
  • Complete the PTA packet (built into the application) or available here (enclosed – ASPTAPacketandQuestionsV2) for your access.
  • In lieu of observation hours, please watch this video as it
    relates to a few essay questions:

Complete PTA essay questions (built into the application).

Need Help?

Reach out to the Director of Enrollment and Advising Ken Zeiger at zeigerken@clarksoncollege.edu or 402.552.2796 or Assistant Director of Enrollment and Advising Kyle Peacock at peacockkyle@clarksoncollege.edu or 402.552.6162 to go over any questions you may have about your transition. We are here to assist in any way we can. 

If you are considering an option other than PTA, you can explore our other health care opportunities online.