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Physical Therapist Assistant Application

Welcome to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Northeast. Our program is dedicated to preparing students to work as valuable health care providers who are employable in any physical therapy setting. The program was established in 1994 and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

I appreciate your interest in our PTA 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. The Northeast PTA Program has a well-established relationship and reputation in the state. Employers actively seek our graduates to hire in clinics and hospitals across Nebraska.

The program is intense and academically challenging and one that requires hard work and dedication. Engaged teaching experiences promote an interactive learning environment that includes both didactic and clinical training. Our academic and clinical instructors are outstanding and very devoted to student learning. Because of this, graduates are well-prepared to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

Please visit our PTA Program page to learn more about the profession, program, and application.

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.

  • October 1, 2024 - PTA program application deadline
  • October 14, 2024 - Mid-term grades due from transferring students
  • October 15, 2024 - Interview notifications sent via email
  • October 25, 2024 - Interviews
  • October 28, 2024 - Acceptance notifications sent via email
  • November 4, 2024 - Spring Registration
  • November 8, 2024 - Required family orientation for accepted applicants

Application Steps

  1. Complete and submit the Northeast Application for Admission. Indicate your major as Physical Therapy: Pre professional-Associate of Science (AS). Note: Acceptance to Northeast Community College does not ensure acceptance into the program of Physical Therapist Assistant.
  2. Download or print and complete the material in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Applicant Packet which will be made available beginning April 1. A hardcopy of the packet material may be requested by contacting the Health and Public Services Executive Assistant at (402) 844-7325 or by emailing
  3. Submit official college transcripts (if applicable), attention Registrar's Office through Northeast's Records and Registration Department.
  4. Submit all application material by September 30, 2023.

Application materials may be submitted as they are completed or all at one time. All material needs to be returned to the following address and must be postmarked before or on October 1, 2024. Material received after this time will not be considered.

Northeast Community College
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
PO Box 469
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469
FAX: (402) 844-7390

Questions about the application process may be emailed to or you may call the Health and Public Services Executive Assistant, Dawn Doherty, at (402) 844-7325

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeast Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (402) 844-7326 or email