Physical Therapist Assistant

Application Requirements

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program leads to an Associate in Science degree. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to sit for examination for state licensure as a PTA. The program begins each January for the spring semester. Additional information may be found on the PTA Program webpage. 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:

PTA Application Process:

The application period for Spring 2016 admission is April 1, 2015 through October 15, 2015.

Submit the following to the NVCC Admissions Office by the October 15, 2015 deadline:

  • Official high school transcript indicating date of graduation, General Educational Development (GED) diploma or State High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, regardless of age of transcripts and applicability to the PTA program. Foreign transcripts must have a course-by-course evaluation completed by American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ( or World Education Services (
  • Proof of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German Measles), and Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunity, if required.
  • Official Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) (version 5.0) results, if not taken at NVCC. 
  • Volunteer/observational log form with documented time in physical therapy settings. (See last Admission Requirement below.)
  • Complete the computerized Accuplacer Assessment Test. The assessment test may be waived for applicants who have prior college English and/or math credits OR who have submitted official Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) results with minimum required scores.

PTA Admission Requirements:

  • Mathematics elective (higher than MAT* H136/H137) with grade of C+ or higher, completed within five (5) years prior+ to entering PTA Program or completed during Fall 2015 semester.
  • BIO* H211, Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent, with grade of C+ or higher, completed within five (5) years prior+ to entering PTA Program or completed during Fall 2015 semester.
  • ENG* H101, English Composition, or equivalent, with grade of C or higher, completed no later than Fall 2015 semester.
  • Arts/Humanities (Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication) elective with grade of C or higher, completed no later than Fall 2015 semester.
  • 2.5 PTA GPA – Based only on the college courses with grades that meet the PTA admission and PTA program curriculum requirements. The PTA GPA is a calculation specific to PTA applicants and may differ from your college GPA.
  • TEAS (version 5.0) with Adjusted Individual Score of 50% or higher, completed by October 15, 2015. Test scores will be valid for three (3) years from the testing date. Go to for testing schedules and registration information. A study manual for TEAS (version 5.0) is available at
  • All applicants must attend a PTA Program Information Session.  Refer to website for additional information.
  • Qualified applicants will be required to attend a mandatory meeting (by invitation) during the Fall 2015 semester to maintain eligibility for admission.
  • Documented volunteer/observational experience totaling a minimum of 10 hours in each of an out -patient and an in-patient physical therapy setting (minimum 20 hours total) completed prior to application deadline of October 15, 2015.


  • Applicants will be considered stronger candidates for admission if they have earned a Bachelor's degree and/or completed all general education courses in the PTA curriculum with minimum grade (C) required by the October 15th, 2015 deadline. BIO *H212 (Anatomy & Physiology II) requires C+ minimum grade and the course must be completed within five years prior to enter the program. (Five years prior is defined as having completed the course Spring semester 2011 or later.)

PTA Program Requirements

Application Semester (Admissions Requirements)
BIO* 211+ Anatomy & Physiology I  4 credits 
ENG* H101+ English Composition 3 credits
Elective+ Mathematics (higher than MAT* H136/H137) 3 credits
Elective+  Arts/Humanities (Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication) 3 credits
    13 credits
First Semester (Spring)
PTA* H120 Introduction to Physical Therapy 3 credits
PTA* H125 Physical Therapy for Function 4 credits
BIO* H212+ Anatomy & Physiology II 4 credits
ENG* H102+ English Composition & Literature 3 credits
    14 credits
Second Semester (Spring)
PTA* H230 Physical Agents in Rehabilitation 4 credits
PTA* H235 Kinesiology for Rehabilitation 4 credits
COM* H100+ Introduction to Communication 3 credits
PSY* H111+ General Psychology 3 credits
    14 credits
Third Semester (Fall)
PTA* H250 Therapeutic Exercise 5 credits
PTA* H253 Pathophysiology for Rehabilitation 3 credits
PTA* H258 PTA in the Healthcare Arena 2 credits
Elective+ Social Science (Historical Knowledge & Understanding) 3 credits
    13 credits
Fourth Semester (Spring)
PTA* H260 Physical Therapy Seminar 2 credits
PTA* H262 PTA Internship II 5 credits
PTA* H265 PTA Internship III 5 credits
    12 credits
  General Education Credits 29 credits
  PTA Credits 37 credits
  Total Program Credit 66 credits
+ There may be a prerequisite course that must be successfully completed prior to taking the course.

  • PTA courses must be taken in the designated sequence. General Education courses must be completed in the semester indicated above or may be completed earlier with minimum grades of C. BIO* H211, BIO* H212, and Mathematics elective require minimum grades of C+ and must be completed within five (5) years prior to entering the PTA program. Some admission and/or program requirements may be met through AP (Advanced Placement) exams, CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams, and/or institutional credit-by-exam tests. PTA program application process, admission requirements, and/or curriculum may change without notice. 

Background Check/Drug Screening Requirement:  All accepted students will be required to undergo a background check for felony convictions. In addition, the healthcare site used for clinical learning may require a drug screening. Clinical learning is held at a variety of healthcare sites throughout Connecticut and these clinical sites are assigned at the discretion of the PTA faculty. Students who do not pass the background check and/or the drug screening may be excluded from the clinical site and may not be able to meet the competencies required for the program.

Clinical Education Experiences:   The NVCC PTA Program offers clinical education experiences throughout Connecticut. Students may be required to travel over 75 minutes to their experiences. Students are required to provide their own transportation, living expenses (as necessary) and any other expenses while on clinical education experiences.

You should also understand and agree with the PTA Program Essential Requirements, which explain our expectations of your performance of common physical therapy functions.

Program Contact
Patricia Beaupre
203-596-2156 (p)
Room: E629