Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree Program
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Physical Therapist Assistant

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PTA Announcement

The application period for the Spring 2023 PTA program is April 1, 2022 - August 1, 2022.

Want to know more about the Physical Therapist Assistant Program?
Join us for a virtual information session. Click "join here" at the date and time that works for you.

Thursday, Feb. 24 at 3 pm Join here
Wednesday, March 23 at 1:30 pm Join here
Monday, April 11 at 2 pm Join here
Wednesday, May 11 at 12 pm Join here

Can't make one of the dates?  Watch this PTA information slide show to learn more!

Program Overview

Program Overview

Do you want to make a difference in patients' lives? Do you enjoy working in teams? Do you like to challenge yourself personally and academically? If yes, then you should strongly consider a career as a physical therapist assistant. You'll find NVCC's PTA curriculum challenging yet exciting. After you graduate, you'll be prepared to enter one of the most promising and rewarding career fields in health care.

Program Quick Facts:

As a PTA student at NVCC, your two-year curriculum starts in January and concludes the following December. Admission to the program is selective and competitive; up to 30 students are admitted per cohort.

  • Overall licensure exam pass rates Two year average (2018-2019): 100%
    2018: 100%, 2019: 100%
  • First Time Pass Rate - two-year average (2018-2019)
    2018: 83.3%,  2019:95.7%
  • Our students' employment rates: Two year average (2017-2018): 100%
    2017: 100%, 2018: 100%
  • Graduation Rates: Two year average (2018-2019): 89%
    2018: 92.3%, 2019: 85.7%

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared to work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient rehabilitation settings, school systems, and home care settings.


Janet M Gangaway
203-596-2168 (p)
Room: F117

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), American Physical Therapy Association, 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100,Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website:http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 203-596-2168 or emailjgangaway@nv.edu.

With respect to code 668.43 (a)(5)(v), the program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following:  

CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  

For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org

Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Info Sessions

Virtual Information Sessions
Click "join" at the designated date and time to participate.

Thursday, Feb. 24 at 3 pm Join here
Wednesday, March 23 at 1:30 pm Join here
Monday, April 11 at 2 pm Join here
Wednesday, May 11 at 12 pm Join here

Can't make one of the dates?  Watch this PTA information slide show to learn more!

Questions?  Contact Janet Gangaway, Director of  the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Admission Information

Program Admission Requirements


PTA  Application Process

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted to NVCC's Admissions Office by the application period deadline. The PTA application period is open April 1, 2022-August 1, 2022.

  1. If you are not a current student, you must first apply to NVCC.
  2. Submit your PTA application and send it to frivera@nv.edu.

Please be sure to thoroughly read the admissions requirements below prior to applying.
Questions about admissions?
Call Francois Rivera at 203-575-8032 or email frivera@nv.edu. Current NVCC students can also call or message through Teams.

PTA Admission Requirements

Spring 2023 Admission Requirements Printable Version

All requirements must be completed PRIOR to the application deadline of August 1, 2022.

  • Mathematics elective higher level than MAT* H136/H137 (Intermediate Algebra) with grade of C+ or higher, completed within five (5) years prior to entering PTA Program. (MAT 167 or 172 recommended)
  • BIO* H211, Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent, with grade of C+ or higher, completed within five (5) years prior to entering PTA Program.
  • ENG* H101, English Composition, or equivalent, with grade of C or higher completed.
  • PSY* H111 General Psychology general education elective, with grade of C or higher.
  • 2.7 PTA GPA – Based only on the college courses with grades that meet the PTA admission requirements. The PTA GPA is a calculation specific to PTA applicants and may differ from your college GPA.
  • ATI TEAS (nursing or allied health version) with Adjusted Individual Total Score of  60% or higher completed by the application deadline.  Test scores will be valid for three (3) years. Go to www.atitesting.com for testing schedules and registration information.  A study manual for the test is available at www.atitesting.com.  Applicants can take this test multiple times. Note: Official scores must be submitted by the deadline.
  • 20 hours of documented volunteer/observational experience totaling a minimum of 10 hours in each of an out-patient and an in-patient physical therapy setting. Contact Dr. Gangaway for an alternative assignment if unable to complete in-person observation hours.
  • Whenever possible, have college transcripts sent electronically to the Admissions office at NVCC.
  • Applicants should understand and agree with the PTA Program Technical Standards which explains expectations of performance of common physical therapy functions.
  • Recommended that all applicants attend a PTA Program Information Session. Follow the link for additional information.


Note:
 Applicants will be considered stronger candidates for admission if they have earned a Bachelor’s degree and/or completed all general education courses in the PTA curriculum with grade of C or higher by the August 1 deadline.  Anatomy & Physiology II must be completed within five (5) years prior to applying with grade of C+ or higher. 

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Additional Details

Want to Make a Difference in the Lives of Patients?

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is a two-year associate degree program, approved by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, designed to develop the competencies and knowledge required for entering the field of Physical Therapy. The PTA program will prepare individuals to work under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient rehabilitation settings, school systems, and home care settings. The PTA program is designed to prepare students for the PTA licensure exam in students’ respective state of practice.


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