Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is an intensive 5 semester program designed to provide the student with the technical education required to sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant National Physical Therapy Examination. Physical Therapist Assistants work under direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Their duties include instructing patients in exercises and activities of daily living; administering therapeutic modalities, utilization of assistive equipment, and other patient care procedures; communicating with patients, families, caregivers, physicians, and other health care workers; and documenting the patients' status. Licensed physical therapist assistants find employment opportunities in such settings as hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, rehabilitation centers, school systems, sports medicine facilities, and private practices.

Persons with a felony conviction may not be eligible for licensure based on terms and conditions of the state in which they intend to apply. 

Physical Therapist Assistant

Total Associate Hours: 71

First Semester

Number

Title

Hrs.

ENGL 101

Composition

3

PSYC 103

General Psychology

3

BIOL 231

Anatomy & Physiology I

3

BIOL 233L

Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

1

MATH 101 or Higher

General Math or Higher

3

COSC 101
or
BUSN 130

Microsoft Office Application
or
Word Processing & Internet

 

3

 

Total Semester Hours

16

 

Second Semester

Number

Title

Hrs.

ENGL 102

Research

3

BIOL 232

Anatomy & Physiology II

3

BIOL 234L

Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

1

BIOL 205

Kinesiology

3

BIOL 206L

Kinesiology Lab

1

MAST 105

Medical Terminology

3

 

Total Semester Hours

14

Third Semester (Technical Component)

Number

Title

Hrs.

PTHA 220

Patient Care Skills

2

PTHA 220L

Patient Care Skills Lab

1

PTHA 222

Observations & Measurements

2

PTHA 222L

Observations & Measurements Lab

1

PTHA 226

Therapeutic Modalities

2

PTHA 226L

Therapeutic Modalities Lab

1

PTHA 230

Pathologic Conditions

3

PTHA 232

Clinical Education I

3

 

Total Semester Hours

15

Fourth Semester (Technical Component)

Number

Title

Hrs.

PTHA 234

Neurology & Pediatrics

2

PTHA 234L

Neurology & Pediatrics Lab

1

PTHA 236

Orthopedics

2

PTHA 236L

Orthopedics Lab

1

PTHA 238

Rehabilitation

2

PTHA 238L

Rehabilitation Lab

1

PTHA 240

PTA Seminar

3

 

Total Semester Hours

14

 

Fifth Semester (Technical Component)

Number

Title

Hrs.

PTHA 250

Clinical Education II

5

PTHA 251

Capstone

2

PTHA 252

Clinical Education III

5

 

Total Semester Hours

12

Evaluation Sheet

2014-2015

2013-2014

Program Faculty

Stephanie Dotson, MS, PT
Director, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Office: 304-929-5036
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Ron Moreland, AS, PTA
Instructor, Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Office: 304-929-3319
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Program Application and Admission

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is selected enrollment, meaning that students must apply to and be accepted before enrolling in any course with a PTHA prefix. Acceptance to New River and meeting the program application requirements do not guarantee admission.

Students must complete or be enrolled in the program's 30 credit hours of prerequisite courses when applying to the program. Equivalent pre-requisite courses may be completed at any college or university; New River students are not given preference during the selection process. All pre-requisite courses of the curriculum must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher by the end of the traditional fall semester prior to the start of a new class. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 for all college-level work.

To apply to the program, students must complete the program application and volunteer hours.  Applicants are required to complete volunteer hours in at least two physical therapy settings (out-patient, acute care, skilled nursing facility, etc.), each with a different licensed PT or PTA.  A minimum of 40 volunteer hours is required to apply to the program; however, applicants may choose to complete up to 80 volunteer hours.  Persons that have been or are currently employed in a physical therapy setting and wish to use their work experience for credit must provide documentation from a PT or PTA member of the physical therapy staff.  All volunteer hours should be completed on the program’s volunteer reference form and submitted in a signed and sealed single envelope from each setting.

Application materials including the program application and documentation of all completed volunteer hours must be submitted to the PTA Program by the student in a single envelopeApplication materials may be hand delivered or mailed to the PTA Program and must be received on or before 4pm on October 31st.  However, if the 31st falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the materials must be submitted the Friday prior to the 31stMaterials submitted separately as well as faxed or e-mailed material will not be accepted.  Because the application deadline falls in the middle of the fall semester, students have until the end of the fall semester to complete pre-requisite courses.  Students are not permitted to submit application materials to any other New River office. 

Students accepted into the program must take all courses with a PTA prefix in sequence, with a minimum grade of C in all courses. The program includes a series of three off-campus clinical education experiences. Students are required to work during the days and hours of operation of their assigned facility. Every effort is made to place students in facilities that disrupt their domestic arrangements as little as possible, but the primary purpose of the clinical experiences is to ensure that each student gains the variety of experience required to become a competent entry-level physical therapist assistant. Expenses, including travel, food, and housing (if necessary), are the responsibility of the student.

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone 703-706-3245; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.


Effective November 6, 2013, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at New River Community & Technical College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Candidacy is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

 

Student Advising

Students interested in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are strongly encouraged to schedule an advising appointment with Stephanie Dotson, Program Director or Ron Moreland. Advising is essential to assuring accuracy of information, clarification of questions, and for scheduling required pre-requisite courses. Please call 304-929-3324 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an advising appointment.

Forms and Information

Program Overview
Program Curriculum
Estimated Cost
Program Application Process
Program Application
Volunteer Reference Form
Policies & Procedures
Curriculum Plan

 

New River Community & Technical College Mission

New River Community and Technical College provides accessible, affordable, quality education and workforce programs to meet the needs of the region it serves.

 

New River Community & Technical College Values

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New River Community & Technical College Vision

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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Department is to provide each student the necessary education to become a competent entry-level physical therapist assistant. This is achieved through professional education and training using sequential instruction, practical clinical experiences, and mentoring. Emphasized throughout the student experience are critical thinking, scientific inquiry, ethics, professional behaviors, and team skills, as well as examination of the preferred relationship between the PT and PTA. Also emphasized is development of professional behaviors that facilitate and enhance positive therapeutic relationships with patients including respect and sensitivity for ethnic, cultural and spiritual differences. Qualified clinical sites further support these ideas through clinical education and mentoring. 

 

 

Members of the public who would like to submit comments and/or feedback about New River Community & Technical College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program may send written comments to the Department Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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