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Admissions Scale

Admission Scale

The following Physical Therapist Assistant program admissions criteria and evaluative components are established and applied annually.


Revisions can and are made following each application cycle and are then used in the subsequent application year. The admissions process is evaluated annually by program students, the faculty and advisory committee for fairness and effectiveness in meeting the needs of the program, the institution and the profession of physical therapy.



Overall GPA                                                                         Additional Degrees Earned

2.75 – 3.00    __________     2 pts.                                    Master’s        __________  6 pts.

3.01 – 3.25    __________     3 pts.                                    Bachelor’s     __________  4 pts.

3.26 – 3.50    __________     4 pts.                                    Associate      __________  2 pts

3.51 – 3.75    __________     5 pts.

3.76 – 4.00    __________     6 pts.

BIOL 231, Anatomy & Physiology I                                  BIOL 233L, Anatomy & Physiology I Lab

“A” on 1st attempt         __________   6 pts.                “A” on 1st attempt         __________  5 pts.

“B” on 1st attempt         __________   4 pts.                “B” on 1st attempt         __________  4 pts.

“C” on 1st attempt         __________   3 pts.                “C” on 1st attempt         __________  3 pts.

min “C” > 2nd attempt   __________   1 pt.                   min “C” > 2nd attempt  __________  1 pt.

BIOL 232, Anatomy & Physiology II                               BIOL 234L, Anatomy & Physiology II Lab

“A” on 1st attempt          __________   6 pts.           “A” on 1st attempt         _________    5 pts.

“B” on 1st attempt          __________   4 pts.           “B” on 1st attempt        __________   4 pts.

“C” on 1st attempt          __________   3 pts.           “C” on 1st attempt        __________   3 pts.

min “C” > 2nd attempt   __________   1 pt.              min “C” > 2nd attempt __________   1 pt.

BIOL 205 Kinesiology                                                     BIOL 206L Kinesiology Lab

“A” on 1st attempt        __________    6 pts.            “A” on 1st attempt            __________  5 pts.

“B” on 1st attempt        __________    4 pts.            “B” on 1st attempt           __________   4 pts.

“C” on 1st attempt        __________    3 pts.            “C” on 1st attempt           __________   3 pts.

min “C” > 2nd attempt  __________   1 pt.               min “C” > 2nd attempt    __________   1 pt.

Volunteer Hours                                                                     Volunteer Rating Total

= 40 hours        __________  1 pt.                                        8 – 11       __________     1 pt.

41 – 50 hours   __________  2 pts.                                     13 – 19      __________     2 pts.

51 – 60 hours   __________  3 pts.                                     20 – 26      __________     3 pts.

61 – 70 hours   __________  4 pts.                                     27 – 33      __________     4 pts.

                                                                                               34 – 40      __________     5 pts.

Work Experience (must be PT related)

0 - 12 months     __________  1 pt.                                Active/Non-Active Military   __________  1 pt

13 - 23 months   __________  2 pts.

24 - 35 months   __________  3 pts.

36 - 47 months   __________  4 pts.                               TOTAL POINTS EARNED: _______________

48 - 59 months   __________  5 pts.

   > 60 months    __________  6 pts


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at New River Community & Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website:  The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see






Physical Therapist Assistant Program

First Semester




ENGL 101



PSYC 103

General Psychology


BIOL 231

Anatomy & Physiology I



Anatomy & Physiology I Lab


MATH 109



MAST 105

Medical Terminology




Total Semester Hours



Second Semester




ENGL 102



BIOL 232

Anatomy & Physiology II



Anatomy & Physiology II Lab


BIOL 205




Kinesiology Lab


MAST 109

Pharmacology for Medical Assisting



Total Semester Hours


Third Semester (Technical Component)




PTHA 220

Patient Care Skills



Patient Care Skills Lab


PTHA 222

Observations & Measurements



Observations & Measurements Lab


PTHA 226

Therapeutic Modalities



Therapeutic Modalities Lab


PTHA 230

Pathologic Conditions


PTHA 232

Clinical Education I



Total Semester Hours


Fourth Semester (Technical Component)




PTHA 234

Neurology & Pediatrics



Neurology & Pediatrics Lab


PTHA 236




Orthopedics Lab


PTHA 238




Rehabilitation Lab


PTHA 240

PTA Seminar



Total Semester Hours



Fifth Semester (Technical Component)




PTHA 250

Clinical Education II


PTHA 251



PTHA 252

Clinical Education III



Total Semester Hours


Pre-requisite totals:                 30

Technical course totals:            41

Total credit hoursfor degree:    71


1English 101 Composition (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: ACT Reading Main score of 17 or “Sin ENGL 098 or COMPASS Reading score of 75 or above and ACT English Main score of 18 or“S” in ENGL 099 or COMPASS Writing score of 70 or above and Competent writing sample or diagnostic theme.

2Biology 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: Eligibility for enrollment in English 101, high school Biology, Biology 101 or consent of instructor. Co-requisite: BIOL 233.

3English 102 Research (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: C orhigher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 500 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 and C or higher in ENGL 100 or ACT English mechanics/usage sub test score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76% or higher.

4Biology 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: BIOL 231, BIOL 233. CO-requisite: BIOL 234.


5Biology 205 Kinesiology (3-0-3).

Pre-requisite: C or higher in BIOL 231 and BIOL 233 CR:  BIOL 206.


Technical Phase Courses:Students applying to the PTA program must complete all pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better and an overall GPAof at least 2.75 for all college-level work. Acceptance to New River and meeting of program admission requirements does not guarantee admission.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at New River Community & Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; website:  The program’s current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see





Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Program

What does an Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic do?

The EMT-Paramedic Program prepares students to become a highly skilled health care provider. An Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic, through performance of patient assessments and provision of emergency medical care, strives to meet the goals of preventing and reducing mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in and out of hospital settings. The Paramedic certificate program prepares the graduate for a career as a certified Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic. Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Program can find a career in several areas such as ambulance services, air ambulances, fire service, military medics, tactical Emergency Medical Technician, Park Ranger/Search and Rescue, and Overseas Paramedic.  For further information, contact Paula Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 304-673-3123.

Learning by Doing

Curriculum CAS

New River CTC's Paramedic programs are offered at the Raleigh County Campus in Beaver, WV, the Lee Street Complex in Lewisburg, WV, and the Workforce Building located near the Nicholas County Campus, in Summersville, WV. The programs are structured to incorporate a large amount of hands-on learning opportunities. Students participate in a variety of laboratory skills to learn and refine patient assessment and treatment skills as well as community outreach activities. Students have the opportunity to sit for National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT’s) paramedic certification skill examination at New River CTC, and the written examination at any participating Pearson Vue testing center.

The facilities include mobile laboratory skill stations, and Fixed-Position High Fidelity Simulation Stations at the Raleigh County and Nicholas County campus locations. The mobile skill lab hosts both low and medium fidelity patient simulators that prepare the practitioner to perform advanced level procedures including, but not limited to: Patient Assessment, Intubation and Ventilation management, IV establishment, Cardiac Arrest simulation through ECG monitoring and electrical therapy.

Community Partners

The success of the EMT/Paramedic program is in part by the input and direction of the EMT/Paramedic advisory board members and employer partners/supporters. For a full list of Community Partners, please click here.

Community Education

Community Paramedicine
Critical Care Transport


Program Faculty

Program Information

Program Application & Admission Information


Program Application and Admission (MLT)

Student Advising

Students must work with the Admissions Office to complete all admission requirements to be a fully admitted student to the college. The program faculty serve as the advisors for prospective program students. Students should contact the program directly for questions, additional information, and course scheduling. Advising is essential to assuring accuracy of information, clarification of questions, and for scheduling required prerequisite 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.

Selected Enrollment

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a selective enrollment program meaning that students must apply to the program and be accepted before enrolling in any course with a MLTN prefix. A maximum of 15 students will be admitted into the program each August.   Admission to the program  is determined using a which is provided in the information packet as well as outlined below. Acceptance to New River and meeting of program application requirements does not guarantee admission to the MLT Program. Only completed files will be reviewed for MLT program admission, unless unusual circumstances determined by the MLT faculty should arise.

A numeric score sheet is used to determine admission based on:

  • 1. Overall GPA
  • 2. MDST 120/121L, Phlebotomy (grade and attempts)
  • 3. MATH 109, grade and attempts
  • 4. BIOL 231/233L Anatomy & Physiology 1, grade and attempts
  • 5. CHEM 101/103L Chemistry 1, grade and attempts
  • 6. Previously earned degrees
  • 7. Previous or current work experience in a laboratory setting.
  • 8. Previous or current Military (active duty or reserves)

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

Program Application Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Students must have completed or be enrolled in the program’s first semester prerequisite courses when applying to the program.The additional general education requirements may be taken while taking the technical courses.Equivalent prerequisite courses may be completed at any college or university; New River CTC students are not given preference during the selection process.All prerequisite 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 prerequisite courses. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50 for all college-level work.

Program Application

The program application must be completed and submitted by the application deadline a indicated below. Click here to download the Application.

Application Deadline

Application materials including the program application, transcripts and proof of work or military experience must be submitted to the MLT Program by the student in a single envelope.Application materials may be hand delivered or mailed to the MLT Program and must be received on or before 4:00 p.m. 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.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

New River Community and Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, blindness, or disability in its educational programs or in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment as required by applicable state and federal law.

The offices designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies relating to disabilities or sex discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title IX are:

Inquiries from Current and Prospective Students:

Dr. Allen Withers
Vice President of Student Services
Phone: 304.929.5011
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New River Community and Technical College
280 University Drive
Beaver, WV 25813

Inquiries from Employees/Visitors/Third Parties:

Leah Taylor
Vice President of Administrative Services
Phone: 304.929.6701
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New River Community and Technical College
280 University Drive
Beaver, WV 25813

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

What does a Medical Laboratory Technician do?

The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares graduates for immediate entry into a technician-level position in a clinical laboratory environment. The curriculum includes prerequisite courses in general biology and chemistry along with advanced classes preparing students to provide clinical information for disease prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment of patients. The Medical laboratory Technician program integrates traditional classroom instruction and laboratory experience with clinical rotations. After successfully completing all academic and clinical requirements of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians. After achieving national certification, students can apply for state licensure.  For further information, contact Diane Tyson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 304-929-5038.

Learning by Doing

Curriculum AAS

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) or Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT) work under the supervision of a Medical Laboratory Scientist. They perform phlebotomy and tests on tissues, blood, and body fluids to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases or monitor a patient’s health status. MLTs are trained to identify parasites and other micro-organisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; quantitate and identify blood cells; test blood for compatibility before transfusion; and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. Graduates can build a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician or continue their education at a four-year institution to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS).

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.

Community/Employee Partners

  • Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
  • Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Raleigh General Hospital
  • Summersville Regional Medical Center
  • Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
  • Princeton Community Hospital
  • Bluefield Regional Medical Center
  • Welch Community Hospital
  • Montgomery General Hospital
  • Plateau Medical Center
  • Webster County Memorial Hospital
  • Pocahontas Memorial Hospital
  • Lewis Gale Hospital Allegheny
  • Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  • Raleigh Regional Cancer Center


The New River Community and Technical College Medical Laboratory Program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. New River CTC will be seeking accreditation of the new Medical Laboratory Technician program from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) after the start of the program (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018, (773-714-8880). The Committee on Allied Health and Accreditation and NAACLS accredit all Medical Laboratory Technician programs. The self-study report will be submitted to NAACLS after the first cohort of students begin the program, per NAACLS guidelines. Serious candidacy status should be obtained before the first cohort of students graduate, thus allowing for the students to be eligible for applying for the national certification examination upon graduation. Graduates of the New River MLT program will be eligible to take any one of the three national certification examinations for MLT immediately following graduation from the program. All three of these accrediting organizations are recognized by the state of West Virginia for MLT licensure.

Serious candidacy status is not an accreditation status nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. Serious candidacy status is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with NAACLS that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.

Program Faculty

Diane Tyson, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Director, Medical laboratory Technician Program
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Program Information

Program Application and Admission Information
Printable Information Packet (including Application Material)
Policies & Procedures Manual (student)

Program Mission Statement



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Current students can register for spring 2017 classes starting Monday, Oct. 24, and new students can register for spring classes starting Monday, Nov. 14. See the Course Schedules page for a list of course offerings for the spring (201702) semester.