PTA Program Course of Studies:

  • The technical component of PTA training begins each summer semester. The course of studies encompasses three (3) consecutive semesters, completing with the close of the following year’s spring semester.
  • Classroom, lab, and clinical education experiences are scheduled for full days (up to eight-hour days), Monday through Friday
  • Clinical education experiences will require students to provide their own transportation (and lodging, if necessary) to clinical education sites outside the immediate college area.

Additional requirements prior to beginning the PTA Program:
Students accepted into the PTA Program will be required to:

  • pass a medical physical examination (at personal cost to the student)
  • obtain Hepatitis B Vaccine series (at personal cost to the student)
  • obtain a recent tuberculosis test OR verification of IRGA (at personal cost to the student)
  • obtain rubella and varicella titers OR proof of immunity (at personal cost to the student)
  • obtain CPR certification (at personal cost to the student)
  • document ability to meet the physical performance standards of a Physical Therapist Assistant as described by the Dictionary of Occupational Titles
  • agree to SouthArk's "Student Substance Abuse Screening Policy"
  • attend an orientation session provided by the PTA Program faculty