Physical Therapist Assistant FAQs

  • Q: How many students are accepted per class?

    A: 24

    Q: Is there a wait list for admission?

    A: There is no longer a wait list for admission to the program. The next opportunity for admission will be for the class starting in January of 2018 This will be through a new selection process.

    Q: What does the new selection process mean for a prospective student interested in the SCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program?

    A: Applications for the PTA program will be accepted from January 13, 2017 to March 31, 2017.
        Admission is for the class starting in January of 2018.

    Q: Is there a chance to be admitted to the program if a student drops out of the class starting in January of 2017?

    A: The alternate list for the class of 2017 is full. The earliest you could be admitted is in the class of 2018.

    Q: I am currently on the wait list starting in January of 2017. What does the new selection process mean for me?

    A: All students on the 2017 program wait list will have their spots honored through the 2017 start time. If a student on the 2017 list defers their start, the new application process would be in effect.

    Q: Where can I get more information on admission and the selection process?

    A: Refer to the PTA Selection Information Sheet and Admission Criteria Rubric.

    Q: Are the classes offered online?

    A: No PTA courses are offered online only; PTA classes are generally on-site during the day, Monday through Friday.

    Q: What is Clinical Education? Do I get to choose the clinical site? Do I have to travel? What are the clinical hours?

    A: All students in the PTA program must complete approximately 20 weeks of clinical education at a site pre-approved by SCC and the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education. Students are not to set up clinical sites on their own. While on-site, students will observe Clinical Instructors providing hands-on instruction with patients in the health care setting. Each student will be assigned to a clinical site within the 15-county area that SCC serves based on their preferences. Students are not, however, guaranteed their top preference. Each student will be assigned at least one rural site (outside of Lincoln and Omaha) and at least one inpatient site so travel may be required. Clinicals are typically from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday but these hours can vary from site-to-site. It is the student’s responsibility to adhere to the schedule established by the clinical site.

    Q: Do I have to get certain grades?

    A: All PTA courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C+ (75%) to progress in the program.

    Q: Can I transfer courses from another college?

    A: To assist you in determining whether a course at another institution would be acceptable for transfer, contact the SCC Admissions office.

    Q: Is the passing of a licensure exam required to work as a PTA?

    A: At the end of the program, students are eligible to take the Physical Therapist Assistant Licensure Exam through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. There is a fee for this exam. This is a requirement to become certified to practice in the state of Nebraska. Nebraska also requires a Jurisprudence exam on state rules and regulations.