Physical Therapist Assistant Application

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to say “Welcome” from the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Northeast Community College. Our PTA program prepares students to take the National Physical Therapy Examination, and currently has a 100% pass rate. Employers actively seek the graduates from our program to hire in clinics and hospitals across Nebraska.

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.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact our admissions office or me personally at I look forward to receipt of your application materials and you joining our next PTA class!


Laura Schwanebeck, MPT
Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Application Checklist:

Admission to Northeast Community College does not guarantee admission to all courses or programs of study.

This program has a competitive application process and accepts a limited number of students each year.

There is no wait list, so a complete and timely application is important. A scorecard is used to objectively review all applications. For more information on limited enrollment programs, please contact the Admissions Office.

  • October 17, 2014: Transfer student’s mid-term grades are due.
  • October 20, 2014: Interview notifications will be sent via email.
  • October 24, 2014: Interviews
  • November 3, 2014: Acceptance notifications will be sent via email.
  • November 11, 2014: Orientation/registration for accepted applicants.

All application materials must be received or post marked by October 1, 2014. You may submit individual materials as you complete them.

To apply to the Northeast Physical Therapist Assistant Program you must complete the following:

  1. Submit the Northeast Community College Application for Admission
    • Indicate your program of study as Pre-PTA

    Note: Acceptance to Northeast Community College does not ensure acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program

  2. Submit the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Application for Admission form

  3. Complete and Submit the Observation/Job Shadow Qualifications
  4. Submit three professional Letters of Recommendation
  5. Submit APTA Essay

  6. Submit High School transcript or official GED scores
  7. Submit all official college transcripts
  8. Submit Resume
    • Submit via mail to Northeast Community College Attention: PTA Program

Northeast Community College
Attention: PTA Program
801 East Benjamin Avenue
P.O. Box 469
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469

Questions about the application process can be emailed to PTA Program Administrative Assistant Debra Bates