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Physical Therapist Assistant

Prerequisite Courses

If you are seeking admissions to one of the competitive programs in the Division of Health Sciences or the Division of Nursing, it is strongly recommended that you request a letter grade from your instructor for all prerequisite courses using the Letter Grade Request form. If a letter grade is not reflected on your transcript for a prerequisite course and a P is reflected, your admissions ranking may be impacted. Please contact MECProvost@nvcc.edu for more information.

TEAS and Math Placement Examinations

Due to COVID-19 and the inability for students to access the testing sites, the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS), and the Virginia Placement Test for Math are being waived as a requirement for the Fall 2020 admissions cycle in the Division of Health Sciences and the Division of Nursing. If your program requires these exams, you may submit an online Health Sciences and Nursing application without attaching TEAS or math placement exam scores to your application.

Important Notice

A second priority application period from March 31 - May 15 has been added.
Applicants may apply in either the March 15 - March 30 application period or the March 31 - May 15 period without TEAS test scores, Math Placement test results, or the Verification of Clinical Observation Hours form. Click HERE for details.

The PTA information sessions for July 6 and August 10 will be conducted online using Zoom video conference. Please use this link to attend the information session.

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.

Start the Information Session Online

First Priority Application Period: March 15 - 30
Second Priority Application Period:
March 31 - May 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; 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.

Summer 2020


Date

Time

Location

Monday July 6, 2020

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

Zoom

Monday August 10, 2020

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

Zoom

Fall 2020


Date

Time

Location

Tuesday September 8, 2020

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

Room 355

Monday October 5, 2020

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

Room 355

Monday November 2, 2020

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

Room 355

Monday December 7, 2020

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

Room 355

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.

Contact
703.822.6570
Medical Education Campus, Room 302

Program

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).

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


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 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.

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