Degree and Certificate Programs

Advanced Skill Set Certificates | Certificate of Applied Science | Certificate of Applied Science in Technical Studies | Associates of Fine Arts Degree | Associate of Science Degree Program | Associate of Applied Science | Associate of Applied Science, Technical Studies Degree Programs 


Allied Heath 

Pipe Fitting

Banking And Financing Fundamentals

Pipe Welding

Certified Customer Service Specialist

Pipe Welding and Pipe Fitting

Computer Software Application Specialist

Physical Plant Welding Technician

Certified Professional Bookkeeper Preparation

Public Administration



Hardware Specialist

Retail Department Manager

Industrial Technology (Mechatronics)

Technical Sales Specialist

Logistical Management

TIG Welding

MIG Welding

Total Quality Management
Nail Care Technician


Phlebotomy Technician


Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair

Paraprofessional Education

Diesel Service Technology 

Industrial Technology (Mechatronics)
Electric Distribution Engineering Technology  Licensed Practical Nurse


Technical Office Procedures and Skills

Green Entrepreneurship

Welding Technology


Machining Technology


Massage Therapy





Allied Health

Management & Supervisory Development

Computer Repair and Operating Systems

Medical Insurance Billing and Coding

Legal Office Assistant 

Public Administration




Arts Management

Studio Arts




Administrative Office Management

General Education


Law Enforcement

General Business

Social Services


Administrative Office Technology

Industrial Technology (Mechatronics)


Legal Assisting

Automobile Service Technology

Liberal Arts


Massage Therapy

Board of Governors

Medical Assisting

Computer Science: Healthcare IT Technician

Occupational Development: Child Care Practitioner

Computer Science: Networking Operating

Paraprofessional Education


Physical Therapist Assistant 
General Business

Registered Nursing


Residential Energy Management 

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Welding Technology 




Casino Operations


Health Information Technology


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; communicat¬ing 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 are eligible for licensure based on terms and conditions of the state in which they intend to apply. 

Physical Therapist Assistant

Total Associate Hours: 70

First Semester




ENGL 101



PSYC 103

General Psychology


BIOL 231

Anatomy & Physiology I



Anatomy & Physiology I Lab


MATH 101 or Higher

General Math or Higher


COSC 101
BUSN 130

Microsoft Office Application
Word Processing & Internet




Total Semester Hours



Second Semester




ENGL 102



BIOL 232

Anatomy & Physiology II



Anatomy & Physiology II Lab


BIOL 205




Kinesiology Lab


HLTH 203

Introduction to Physical Therapy



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


Evaluation Sheet



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. The application process also includes submission of a program application, documentation of at least 40 volunteer hours under the direction of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. All program 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 5pm on October 31st. Students are not permitted to submit application materials to any other New River office. Faxed or e-mailed information will not be accepted.

Students 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), 111 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

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Volunteer Form
PTA Program Application
Estimated Program Cost 2014-2015
Program Overview
Program Curriculum

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. .

Transcript Progress

Transcript Progress

To check on the status of official transcript requests.

Log into Self-Service BANNER, click on “Student”, then “Student Records”, and then on “Academic Transcripts”.  In the center of the page you will see “Transcript Request Status”. Select the date you made your request and click “Submit”.

The first date (Sent Date) is the mailing date of your transcript.

The second date (Print Date) is when the Registrar’s office completed processing your request.

(Any requests prior to May 2013 will still show this message “Your order is still in processing. Please check again at another time.” This is an error; those requests have been processed and mailed.)

If you have any questions, please contact:


Jossie Spencer
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Fax #: 304-793-3020

Transcript Request

PDF Transcript Request Form      Electronic Transcript Request        Unofficial Transcript

Check the progress of your Transcript Request

Official Transcripts

ATTENTION STUDENTS: There is a one-time $15.00 fee for transcripts. There is no charge for additional transcripts after the initial payment of $15.00. Failure to pay transcript fees will result in a processing delay. If you need assistance or are not sure if you have paid the one-time fee, please contact Jossie Spencer at 304-647-6562; by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or the Business office at 304-929-5448.

New River Comunity and Technical College will not Fax any academic records.

Ways to Request an Official Transcript:

PDF Transcript Request Form


Please download, complete and print the Adobe PDF version of the Request for Transcript Form. If you have already paid the $15 fee, mark the box indicating that you have paid.

Submit your completed request for transcript in one of the following ways:

  • To the Business office on your campus along with your fee
  • Mail Request for transcript and your fee to:

    Registrar's Office
    Transcript Request
    101 Church Street
    Lewisburg, WV 24901

  • Fax to 304-793-3020 Attention Scott Maxwell, and contact Business Office to pay fee
  • Scan the completed form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and contact Business Office to pay fee

You may call the Business office, to make payment over the phone

  • ATC/Mercer/Beckley- (304) 929-6732
  • Greenbrier- (304) 647-6569
  • Nicholas- (304) 883-2422


Electronic Transcript Request

Students may request an official transcript through Self-Service-Banner

  • Enter Secure Area (You'll be prompted to enter your User ID [this is your 9-Digit Student ID Number] and PIN. Your PIN is your 6-digit Birthdate [January 1,1999 = 010199]. You will then be asked to create a new PIN. This must be 6-digits and may not be your birthdate again.)
  • Student
  • Student Records
  • Academic Transcript
  • In the middle of the screen "Request Printed Transcript"

Please review and update your contact information we have on file. Having outdated contact information will cause delays in processing your Official Transcript Request.

  • Select Where you would like to send your Official Transcript: (Select one of the following)
  • External College Code-Every college/university has a 6 digit ID number ex: New River Community and Technical College- 039603
    • One of your Address-in the drop down box will be only addresses you have provided to New River
    • Internal College- Colleges that are in our region.
    • Issued to- Fill in this space if none of the above criteria seem to fit.
    • In the "Transcript Type" field click on the drop box and click "official"
  • Complete the address, if it is not filled in automatically. This is the address that your transcript will be mailed to and cannot be corrected after you submit your request.
  • Select Number of Copies
  • Next to the Print Transcript" field choose eitherto have your Offical Transcript processed As sson as Possible, or Hold until this terms grades are in, or Hold until your degree is confered. 
  • In "Delivery Method" if you need to pay the one-time fee, select "Web Official Tran Not Paid", if you have paid select, "Web Official Tran Paid"
  • Enter in your billing information and method of payment.
  • Review your Transcript Information and submit.
  • If you cannot gain access to your web self-service account please contact IT Support at (304)-929-6725 or the Registrar's office at (304)-647-6590.

Unofficial Transcripts

Students may access an unofficial transcript through Self-Service Banner. Click on the following link: Self-Service-Banner

  • Enter Secure Area (You'll be prompted to enter your User ID [this is your 9-Digit Student ID Number] and PIN. Your PIN is your 6-digit Birthdate [January 1,1999 = 010199]. You will then be asked to create a new PIN. This must be 6-digits and may not be your birthdate again.)
    • Student and Financial Aid
    • Student Records
    • Academic Transcript and click "Submit"
  • If you cannot gain access to your web self-service account, please contact IT Support at (304)-929-6725 or the Registrar's office at (304)-647-6590.

Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions regarding move to Raleigh County Campus

Student Information Directory (List of important departments and phone numbers)

Special Services

Technology Services

Student Handbook

Community Resource Guides


There is a Student Government Association on each campus which can provide a forum for opinions as well as a calendar of cultural and fun events throughout the academic year. There are Halloween parties and Christmas functions geared for children of students as well as dances, gaming activities, and opportunities for community service.

Mercer County Campus

Nicholas County Campus

Greenbrier Valley Campus

Raleigh County Campus

Developmental Courses

The college provides developmental foundation courses in Reading, English, Arithmetic, and Algebra (ENGL 098, ENGL 099, MATH 098, MATH 099) for students scoring below the benchmark scores on ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS assessment instruments. Successful completion of developmental course(s) is a prerequisite for many college-level courses. Developmental studies courses are not counted toward meeting graduation requirements and are not used in the calculation of the graduation grade point average; however, they are covered by financial aid.

Student Success Center

The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide students with a comprehensive range of services and resources to enable students to reach their educational, lifelong learning, and career goals. The New River goal is to provide services to help all students achieve academic success. The expanded mission is to coordinate quality tutoring programs through a variety of delivery systems to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. Upon student request, each campus provides support services at no additional cost. 

Any New River student is eligible for up to three hours of tutoring per class per week by completing an application. Tutoring is by appointment and availability of qualified tutors.   Tutoring is not available in all subjects.  Please contact your campus Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center on your campus.

The following services may be available:

  • Writing Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Career Counseling
  • Secure, make-up testing (by appointment only)
  • Mentoring
  • Study Groups
  • E-tutoring through synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Multimedia computer labs and prescriptive software programs

Educational Opportunity Center - Admissions, Career, and Financial Aid Counseling

Prospective and current students should contact the Educational Opportunity Center if they would like help with the admissions and financial aid process.  The EOC not only helps students apply for admissions and financial aid but also helps them find out what programs are available, decide on a career, and select a degree program.  The EOC’s main goal is to help students enroll in post-secondary educational programs by providing information on GED classes, adult basic education, vocational/technical schools, colleges, and graduate schools.  The EOC also provides services that help students stay enrolled, such as career assessments, academic advising, and financial aid counseling.  Through counseling and referrals to other programs, the Educational Opportunity Center helps students deal with educational barriers, including financial difficulties, time constraints, lack of family support, and fear of failure.  The EOC is a federally-funded TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education.  All services are free and confidential.

Off-Campus Courses

New River Community and Technical College offers courses at various off-campus locations through the service region.  For availability of courses, check the schedule published each term.


New River Community and Technical College provides testing services through Bluefield College, which is an approved testing center (selected examinations) for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).


To earn credit by CLEP examination, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • A student must be enrolled in New River Community and Technical College or have been accepted by the College. Freshman, transfer, and recently accepted students must enroll in and pass at least 3 credit hours at any of the New River campuses to be eligible for CLEP credit from NRCTC.
  • A student must meet the prerequisites for the equivalent course(s) for any CLEP test(s) taken.
  • A student may not receive CLEP credit for equivalent courses for which he/she has already earned credit.
  • CLEP credit will not be accepted for the purpose of overcoming deficient grades.
  • A student is not eligible to take the CLEP test if he/she is currently enrolled in an equivalent course.
  • A maximum of 31 hours of credit will be granted for successful completion of the five tests within the General Examinations.
  • A waiting period of six months is required to repeat the same test(s). Scores on test(s) repeated earlier than six months will be canceled by NRCTC.
  • Requests for official transcript copies of the CLEP score report(s) should be directed to the Office of Student Services.


Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. Scores are normally available immediately after testing is completed. The Accuplacer test can be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. A composite score cannot be obtained by taking this test. Anyone needing a composite score for Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, or NCAA purposes MUST take the National ACT or SAT. A minimum of 60 days must have elapsed before retesting is allowed with Accuplacer.


The West Virginia EDGE initiative allows students to take high school courses for community and technical college credit. Students who take the EDGE courses available in high school or at a Career and Technical Center could earn an Associate Degree earlier. Find out more


New River Community and Technical College offers the NLN Pre-Admission Exam-LPN.  All students seeking admission to the Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate program must take the Pre-Admission Exam-LPN. Contact the Student Services office regarding additional testing restrictions and registration information.

Information concerning registration and administration of the above examinations can be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Brainfuse Tutoring

Brainfuse provides online tutoring and writing services for its students.  A division of Brainfuse, Brainfuse also offers an online writing lab for assistance with essays.




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The deadline to apply for December 2015 graduation is Friday, April 10, 2015.