Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Science

Is the PTA program and career path right for you?

  • Do you want to make a difference in patients' lives?
  • Do you enjoy working collaboratively with others?
  • Do you like to challenge yourself personally and academically?

If yes, then you should strongly consider a career as a PTA.

You'll find the PTA curriculum challenging yet exciting. After you graduate, you'll be prepared to enter one of the most promising and rewarding career fields in health care. 


First Choice for a Second Career
Many PTAs began their work lives in other occupations but have found a home in physical therapy. The reasons are many.

Please review the PTA Program Information Slide Show to learn about the program.

PLEASE NOTE:  Be sure to attend a PTA Information Session.  All students applying to the PTA Program are recommended to attend a session. Please look to the “Information Sessions” tab for these dates.  After viewing the PTA Program Information Slide Show, if you have further questions relating to admissions, please follow recommendations below:

  • Current & former NVCC students contact the Center for Academic Planning & Student Success (CAPSS), 203-575-8025
  • New students contact the Admissions office, 203-575-8040
  • General information, 203-596-2157
  • PTA Program Director: Janet MK Gangaway PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, 203-596-2168 or

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:;website:

Degree Requirements


The suggested sequence for full-time students is shown below. Refer to page 53 for a listing of courses that will satisfy elective requirements.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose Any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning+ Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed higher than MAT*H136/H137 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ BIO*H211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics - Program Requirement PTA*H120 Introduction to Physical Therapy (Continuing Learning/Info Literacy/Ethics) 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics - Program Requirement PTA*H125 PT for Function (Continuing Learning/Information Literacy/Ethics) 4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ BIO*H212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
Written Communication ENG*102 Literature and Composition 3
Oral Communication COM*H100 Introduction to Communications 3
Social Phenomena PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
Program Requirement PTA*H230 Physical Agents in Physical Therapy 4
Program Requirement PTA*H235 Kinesiology for Rehabilitation 4
Historical Knowledge Choose Any Historical Knowledge Listed 3
Program Requirement PTA*H250 Therapeutic Exercise 5
Program Requirement PTA*H253 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation 3
Program Requirement PTA*H258 PTA in the Healthcare Arena 2
Program Requirement PTA*H260 Physical Therapy Seminar 2
Program Requirement PTA*H262 PTA Internship II 5
Program Requirement PTA*H265 PTA Internship III 5
(General education credits: 29 credits / PTA credits: 37)    Total Credits: 66


Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

+ There may be a prerequisite course that must be successfully completed prior to taking the course.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Degree Outcomes (What you will learn)

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

Program Mission

In keeping with the mission of Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), the NVCC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is committed to a high standard of scholarship as it provides affordable, optimal learning experiences in a diverse setting that will prepare students to provide the highest quality of patient care. The PTA Program trains, educates, and cultivates entry-level physical therapist assistant students who strive for excellence as PTAs with the knowledge, clinical skills and professional behaviors essential to the PTA. Designed for the optimal use of clinical and educational resources across Connecticut, this program embodies a dedicated community-engaging curriculum committed to the development and achievement of successful student PTAs in support of economic growth of the state. The structure drives our emphasis on technology and communication to facilitate learning in the classroom and the clinic as the program endeavors to educate students who:

  • strive for excellence as PTAs.
  • commit to high ethical standards.
  • appreciate and value racial, social and cultural diversity.
  • demonstrate critical reflection and self-assessment.
  • invest in community improvement.
  • engage in lifelong learning.

Program Outcomes

The goal of the PTA Program is to prepare graduates to succeed in careers as PTAs. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will prepare graduates whom:

  1. Adhere to ethical, professional behavior, legal, regulatory, and licensure standards within their scope of work as a physical therapist assistant.
  2. Demonstrate skill competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective processes necessary to provide safe physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  3. Engage in evidence-based practice, responding to the dynamics of a changing healthcare system.
  4. Integrate the principles of the natural, physical, social, biological, and behavioral sciences, and physical therapy theory to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups across the wellness-illness continuum.
  5. Integrate effective communication skills through professional interactions with patients, families, groups and the interdisciplinary healthcare team with altruism and diversity awareness.
  6. Produce documentation supporting physical therapy services.
  7. Sit for the examination for state licensure as a physical therapist assistant.
  8. Commit to a lifelong process of self-improvement and learning by participating in activities for improvement of their abilities as physical therapist assistants..
  9. Achieve an effective transition from this educational program to a physical therapist assistant career.


Program Quick Facts:

  • Your two-year curriculum starts in January and concludes the following December.  Admission to the program is selective and competitive. 30 students are admitted per cohort.
  • Our students' licensure pass rates are well above the national average:
    • Two year average (2014-15): 100%
              2014: 100%      2015: 100%
  • Our students' employment rates:
    • Two year average (2014-15): 100%
              2014: 100%       2015: 100%
  • Graduation Rates:  
    • Two year average (2014-15): 92.15%
              2014: 92.3%      2015: 92%
Program Contact
Janet M Gangaway
203-596-2168 (p)
Room: E630