See You at the American Physical Therapy Association Conference

Thousands of physical therapy professionals will meet in New Orleans for the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) scheduled for Feb. 21–24, 2018. The CSM is the largest gathering of physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs) and students. The event averages more than 12,000 professionals annually.

Academic Outreach Liaison and Clarkson College representative, Jon Clay, will attend the CSM to meet with event guests and promote the Bachelor’s degree in PTA. This online degree option launched in fall 2016 in response to the increasingly high professional standards set for entry- level PTAs, and the first class began in the fall 2017 semester. The College is among one of three institutions in the nation to launch a PTA Bachelor’s degree option, which is designed for certified PTAs seeking educational advancement and increased career opportunities.

“I am excited that Clarkson College is one of a few schools providing this degree option for PTAs,” said Clay. “It’s a step in the right direction because it helps to enhance their PTA careers, whether they are right out of school or have practiced for years.” Dr. Michael Witte, Director of the PTA program, notes how the degree option enhances the careers of both new and practicing PTAs.

“For the College, this new degree offering focuses on helping PTAs work toward becoming expert clinicians, engaged community members and leaders within their organization,” said Witte. “While other Bachelor’s degrees may prepare a student for one or the other, our degree meets all three of those objectives.”

The Clarkson College Bachelor’s degree in PTA is offered online with part- and full-time study options available. Students may complete the 46 credit hour coursework in as few as four semesters. One on-campus visit per semester is required to demonstrate clinical competencies. Learn more about the degree by visiting

Interested in connecting with your peers in New Orleans?
If you plan to attend the APTA CSM conference in February and would like to connect with other Clarkson College alumni, contact Jon Clay via email at