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Physical Therapist Assistant

Information Session

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

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First Priority Application Period: March 15 - 30, 2018
Second Priority Application Period: March 31 - May 15, 2018
Third Priority Application Period: May 16 - July 25, 2018
Admission Policy: Competitive
Program Size: 40 students
Program Length: Five semesters
Program Starts: Every August

Important Note: Attending a face-to-face PTA Information Session is mandatory in the 12 months prior to applying to this program. The online presentation does NOT take the place of the in-person Information Session. You are required to include the code provided at the in-person session on your application as proof of completion.

In-Person Sessions
It is important to arrive on time; otherwise, it will be necessary to attend another information session. Please do not bring children. Times are subject to change. Please check back for cancellations.

Fall 2017

Sept. 11, 2017 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 353
Oct. 2, 2017 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 353
Nov. 6, 2017 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 353
Dec. 4, 2017 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 353

Spring 2018

Jan. 8, 2018 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 354
Feb. 5, 2018 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 354
Mar. 19, 2018 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 354
Apr. 9, 2018 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 354
May. 7, 2018 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 354

Summer 2018

Jun. 4, 2018 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 354
Aug. 6, 2018 Noon - 2:00 p.m. Room 354

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit the MEC Student Services Center in room 202. Students may also register for a MEC Exchange Virtual Advising Workshop.

Medical Education Campus, Room 302


About the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a committed contributor to the physical therapy community of Northern Virginia. The program currently offers a two-year, full-time course of study. PTA majors develop their skills through classes, labs, field trips and clinical affiliations. Students gain a sense of personal and professional fulfillment in a career built around helping others recover from illness or injury. For those interested in a dynamic career in health care, physical therapy is a very rewarding choice.

Call: 703.822.6570 for more information!

Special Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Concerns From the General Public

Members of the general public have the ability to express a concern or register a complaint regarding the PTA program or its graduates to the Interim Dean of Allied Health via email to rwade@nvcc.edu. All complaints will be documented and kept on file in the program/Division office.

Accreditation concerns should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) at accreditation@apta.org.