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Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Details

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. Students must 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.

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. Physical therapy is a very rewarding choice for those interested in a dynamic career in health care.

First Priority Application Period: March 1 - 15
A second application window will be available from May 1-15
Admission Policy: Competitive
Program Size: 40 students
Program Length: Five semesters
Program Starts: Every August

Notes: 

Attending an in-person PTA Information Session is mandatory in the 12 months prior to applying to this program. You are required to include the code provided at the in-person session on your application as proof of completion.

Information Session

The first step to earning a degree to become a physical therapist assistant at NOVA is to attend a mandatory in-person Information Session.

In-Person Information Sessions

This mandatory step in the application process provides students with an opportunity to find out if the field of physical therapy is a good fit. Students have a chance to meet the program director and ask questions about the application and admissions process. Students do not need to register in advance for the Information Session. Students should arrive on time and plan to stay for the entire two hours. Please do not bring children to the session. Times may be subject to change, so please check back to this web page for cancellations.

Fall 2022
Date Time Location
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 212
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 212
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 212
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 212
Spring 2023
Date Time Location
Monday, January 9, 2023 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 254
Monday, February 6, 2023 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 254
Monday, March 6, 2023 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 254
Monday, April 3, 2023 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 254
Monday, May 8, 2023 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 254
Monday, June 5, 2023 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Medical Education Campus Room 254

PTA Program Overview

The online presentation below provides a quick overview- it does NOT take the place of the in-person Information Session.

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 Opportunities

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

3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
703.706.3245
accreditation@apta.org
http://www.capteonline.org

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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