Program Application and Admission
The physical Therapist Assistant program is selected enrollment meaning that students must apply to the program and be accepted before enrolling in any course with a PTHA prefix. A maximum of 20 students will be admitted into the program each August. The admission is determined using a rubric which is provided in this information packet as well as online at Physical Therapist Assistant website. Acceptance to New River and meeting of program application requirements does not guarantee admission to the PTA Program.
Students accepted into the program are required to follow program policies and procedures, some of which differ from the institution policies and procedures. You may also view our complete policies and procedures manual via our program website at Physical Therapist Assistant website.
Program Application Requirements
Students must have completed 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. Students have until the end of the traditional spring semester to complete pre-requisite courses. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 for all college-level work.
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 physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant. Volunteer hours cannot be completed via home health and must be completed within 1 calendar year of the application deadline. 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 and submitted by the student along with their program application.
The program application must be completed and submitted by the application deadline as indicated below.
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 envelope. Application materials may be hand delivered or mailed to the PTA Program and must be received on or before 4pm on April 30th. However, if the 30th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the materials must be submitted the Friday prior to the 30th. Materials submitted separately as well as faxed or e-mailed material will not be accepted. Students are not permitted to submit application materials to any other college office.
New River Community and Technical College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution, committed to the principle that minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, veteran or military status, disability or genetic information.
Information on the implementation of the policy and/or the Title IX Amendment should be addressed to: Affirmative Action Officer, New River Community and Technical College, 280 University Drive, Beaver, WV 25813-8987