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Physical Therapist Assistant

The program is designed to prepare students to use exercise, specialty equipment, and other treatment procedures to prevent, identify, correct, and alleviate movement dysfunction working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to provide selected components of physical therapy treatments. The program design provides students with the philosophical, theoretical, and clinical knowledge necessary to deliver high-quality patient care. tudents must take and pass a licensing examination to begin their career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). Students are prepared for employment in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, contract agencies, and schools.

Program Details

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.

Fall 2022 Applications for Physical Therapist Assistant: TEAS testing will be required for the Fall 2022 application cycle. The Medical Education Campus Testing Center will reopen on August 2, 2021. Sign-ups for TEAS testing will resume when the MEC Testing Center reopens. Refer to the Take TEAS Test step for more information on TEAS.

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

If needing to contact the PTA program at NVCC directly, please call 703.822.6570 or email jgundrum@nvcc.edu

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

Information Session

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

The PTA information sessions for May through December will be conducted online using Zoom video conference. Please use the links below to register and attend the information sessions.

First Priority Application Period: March 1 - 15
In the event that class is not filled, a second application window will be opened May 1-15.
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 and remain for the full two hours; 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.

Spring 2021

Date Time Location

Monday April 5, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Monday May 3, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Summer 2021

Date Time Location

Monday, July 5, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Monday August 9, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Fall 2021

Date Time Location

Monday, September 13, 2021

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Monday October 4, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Monday November 1, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Monday December 6, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
     

Pre-Health students who have questions regarding program requirements or students who need academic advising are encouraged to visit Advising & Counseling.

Contact
703.822.6570
Medical Education Campus, Room 302

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 Dean of Health Sciences via email to spowers@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.

Transfer Opportunites

Transfer is not the primary purpose of this credential; however, NOVA may have agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to discuss their options and plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials.

Program Degrees and Certificates

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Career Prospects

Upon successful completion of the program, students must take and pass a licensing examination to begin their career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA). Students are prepared for employment in a variety of healthcare settings, including acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centers, contract agencies, and schools. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for PTAs over the next decade is projected to grow at a much faster rate (26%) than for all occupations.

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