PTA Program Graduates 500 Health Care Professionals

In 2014, the Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program celebrated its 20 year anniversary. The program recently celebrated another achievement as the 500th PTA graduate received her diploma during graduation on Dec. 9. Faculty, students and guests recognized the 500th graduate and the program’s graduating class during the pinning ceremony held Dec. 8. The pinning tradition honors students as they complete their academic careers and welcomes them into the health care profession.

Established in 1994 with 16 students, the Clarkson College PTA program is now the largest of its kind in Nebraska and the third in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Science degree option. The department’s seven faculty members have been practicing collectively for more than 80 years and educating future PTAs for more than 50 years. The program has continued evolving to meet the changing needs of PTA professionals, establishing it as one of the most reputable, respected programs in the region.