Physical Therapist Assistant Application

Welcome to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Northeast. Our program is dedicated to preparing students to serve as valuable health care providers who support the profession and are respected by the region they serve. The program was established in 1995 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical therapy Education (CAPTE).

I appreciate your interest in applying to the program and thank you for choosing Northeast as an avenue to your future career. Physical therapy is a very interactive and rewarding career. You will continually meet new people, learn new technology, and use cutting edge treatment techniques. Employers actively seek the graduates from our program to hire in clinics and hospitals across Nebraska.

Our program is a rigorous Associate of Applied Science degree that will include both didactic and clinical training. Our instructors are outstanding and very involved in student learning. The Northeast PTA Program has a well-established relationship and reputation in the state. The program prepares students for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact us at


Laura Schwanebeck, MPT
Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Application Information:

The program has a competitive application process and accepts a limited number of students each year. There is no "waiting list", therefore a complete and timely application is important. Below is the schedule for the PTA program applicants. Dates between October 2 and November 12 are subject to change.

  • October 1, 2018 – PTA program application deadline
  • October 19, 2018 – Transfer students’ mid-term grades due
  • October 24, 2018 – Interview notifications will be sent via email
  • November 2, 2018 – Interviews
  • November 5, 2018 – Acceptance notifications sent via email
  • November 12, 2018 – Required orientation and spring registration for accepted applicants

Application Steps

  1. Complete and submit the Northeast  Application for Admission. Indicate your program of study as Physical Therapy: Preprofessional (PrePro PT-AS). Note: Acceptance to Northeast Community College does not ensure acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
  2. Print and complete the material in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Applicant Packet available after April 1. A hardcopy of the packet material may be requested by contacting the PTA Administrative Assistant at (402) 844-7325 or by emailing
  3. Submit official college transcripts (if applicable), attention Registrar’s Office.
  4. Submit all application material by Sunday, October 1, 2018.

All application materials must be received or post-marked by October 1, 2018. You may submit individual materials as you complete them.

Northeast Community College
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
801 East Benjamin Avenue
PO Box 469
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469

Questions about the application process may be emailed to or you may call the Health and Wellness Executive Assistant, Dawn Doherty, at 402.844.7325.

The Northeast Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: