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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant

Lincoln Campus

Types of Jobs Available

Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings: outpatient clinics; hospitals; inpatient rehabilitation facilities; skilled nursing, extended care, or subacute facilities; homes; education or research centers; schools; industrial, workplace or other occupational environments; fitness centers and sports training facilities.

PTAs provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. PTAs help people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions limiting their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. PTAs must complete an associate degree and be licensed, certified, or registered in most states.

Care provided by a PTA includes teaching patients/clients exercise for mobility, strength, coordination, balance, training for functional activities of daily living, and the use of physical agents and electrotherapy such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.

Program Overview

  • The program admits up to 24 new students annually. Classes begin in the Fall semester/term.
  • All PTA courses are offered face-to-face and meet Monday through Friday.
  • Test and/or class learning activities may be scheduled outside of class time.
  • During clinical education, students will have the opportunity to use classroom knowledge and laboratory skills to provide care to patients in a health care facility under the direction of a clinical instructor. Students will complete three clinical education experiences at pre-approved clinical sites.
  • Clinical education will include sites outside of the Lincoln area and can include day, evening and weekend hours. Students are responsible for their own books, fees, travel, and lodging during the classes, labs and clinical experiences.
  • After successful completion of the PTA program, graduates become eligible to take the national licensure examination.

For more information contact:
Bridget Clark, Program Director
402-437-2771, 800-642-4075 ext. 2771

or Becky Kramer, Health Sciences Advisor
402-437-2688, 800-642-4075, ext. 2688

or the College Admissions Office
Lincoln 402-437-2600, 800-642-4075 ext. 2600

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southeast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org

Admission Requirements

  • Complete Program Requirement Courses and Program General Education Requirement Courses with required grade point average (GPA)
  • Specific levels of Math Placement Scores showing completion of MATH1100
  • Complete online application to the program during the designated time periods
  • Complete Program Admission Checklist (refer to program website for requirements: www.southeast.edu/physicaltherapistassistant/)
  • Transcripts from high school, GED® or other colleges (if applicable)

Recommended Laptop computer system requirements (should not be older than 3 years)

  • Laptop models: Apple MacBook (10.12-Sierra, 10.13-High Sierra or 10.14-Mojave) or
    Windows Laptops (Windows 10 pro, home version may work fine) or
    MS Surface Tablet Pro (Windows 10 Pro)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or higher
  • Ram (Memory): 4GB minimum
  • Hard Drive: Solid State hard drive preferred 128 GB or higher
  • Peripherals: Webcam, Headphones
  • Wireless: all laptops should have wireless

NOT Recommended: Android Tablets, iPads, Windows RT, Chromebooks