PTA Information Session
We are excited to report that we have submitted our application for accreditation, and we will be potentially accepting students into our first cohort this Fall semester (August 2021). We've scheduled three online sessions to share information about our new program.
Date & Time: April 27 @ 7 pm, May 8 @ 9 am, May 26 @ 12 pm
IMPLICATIONS OF AUGUST GRADUATION
The developing physical therapist assistant program at New River Community and Technical College is planning for a charter class graduation in August 2022. Initial accreditation decisions are acted upon at the next regularly scheduled Fall Meeting of the Commission following the on-site visit, which must occur during the penultimate term when the charter class is enrolled. CAPTE will not make exceptions to its Rules to accommodate graduation dates that precede regularly scheduled CAPTE meeting dates, e.g., graduation in the summer. A summer graduation does not allow the initial accreditation decision to occur prior to the graduation date. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) sets the dates for licensing exams. The first sitting for which students with an August graduation date would be in January. Therefore, the timing of the planned graduation date increases the likelihood of a significant financial disadvantage for students due to an approximate six-month delay in possible employment as a physical therapist assistant.
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone; 703-706-3245; email@example.com
is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
New River Community and Technical College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On March 1, 2020, the program submitted an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in technical courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.