Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree Program
Associate of Science

Physical Therapist Assistant

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PTA Announcement

PTA application period is open April 1, 2020-August 1, 2020.

Click here for application and admissions requirements. 

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Pass/fail courses

Recently, a statement was released by the Connecticut State College and University system about a P/F grade option for currently enrolled students. As an accredited, selective admissions program,the PTA program will continue to maintain its admission, grading, and progression requirements. Only a letter grade that meets the curriculum standards will be accepted for admission or progression in the PTA program. Furthermore, please be aware thatP/F grades may not be accepted in transfer to colleges and universities outside of the CT State system.

Program Overview

Program Overview

Do you want to make a difference in patients' lives? Do you enjoy working in teams? Do you like to challenge yourself personally and academically? If yes, then you should strongly consider a career as a physical therapist assistant. You'll find NVCC's 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.

Program Quick Facts:

As a PTA student at NVCC, 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.

  • Overall licensure exam pass rates Two year average (2017-2018): 94.6%
    2017: 100%, 2018: 89.3%
  • Our students' employment rates: Two year average (2017-2018): 100%
    2017: 100%, 2018: 100%
  • Graduation Rates: Two year average (2017-2018): 90.8%
    2017: 93.1%, 2018: 88.5%

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared to work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient rehabilitation settings, school systems, and home care settings.

Janet M Gangaway
203-596-2168 (p)
Room: F117

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: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 203-596-2168 or email

Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities


Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Info Sessions

Virtual Information Session

Join us Tuesday, June 16 at noon. Sign-up here

Questions?  Contact Janet Gangaway, Director of Physical Therapist Assistant 

Quick Facts

Physical Therapist Assistant Quick Facts

Train with the Best

Students are prepared for the national licensure exam and have achieved 100% pass rate for the past 3 years.

Get Job Ready with a Quality, Affordable Education

NVCC's PTA program boasts a 100% employment rate for its graduates.

Student Success is our Expectation

NVCC's PTA program graduates 92% of the students enrolled in the program.

Additional Details

Want to Make a Difference in the Lives of Patients?

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Naugatuck Valley Community College is a two-year associate degree program, approved by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, designed to develop the competencies and knowledge required for entering the field of Physical Therapy. The PTA program will prepare individuals to work under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient rehabilitation settings, school systems, and home care settings. The PTA program is designed to prepare students for the PTA licensure exam in students’ respective state of practice.


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Admission Information

Program Admission Requirements

PTA  Application Process:

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted to NVCC's Admissions Office by the application period deadline. The PTA application period is open April 1, 2020-August 1, 2020.

  1. If you are not a current student, you must first apply to NVCC.
  2. Submit your PTA application and send it to

Please be sure to thoroughly read the admissions requirements prior to applying.
Questions about admissions?
Call Erika Carrington at 203-575-8128 or email Current NVCC students can also call or message through Teams.

    Apply to NVCC and the PTA program

    PTA Admission Requirements:

    All requirements must be completed PRIOR to the application deadline of August 1, 2020.

    • Mathematics elective higher level than MAT* H136/H137 (Intermediate Algebra) with grade of C+ or higher, completed within five (5) years prior+ to entering PTA Program. (MAT 167 or 172 recommended)
    • BIO* H211, Anatomy and Physiology I, or equivalent, with grade of C+ or higher, completed within five (5) years prior+ to entering PTA Program.
    • ENG* H101, English Composition, or equivalent, with grade of C or higher completed.
    • PSY* H111 General Psychology general education elective, with grade of C or higher.
    • 2.7 PTA GPA – Based only on the college courses with grades that meet the PTA admission and PTA program curriculum requirements, which have been completed by the application deadline. The PTA GPA is a calculation specific to PTA applicants and may differ from your college GPA.
    • ATI TEAS (nursing or allied health version) with Adjusted Individual Total Score of  60% or higher completed by the application deadline.  Test scores will be valid for three (3) years. Go to for testing schedules and registration information.  A study manual for the test is available at  Applicants can take this test multiple times. Note: Official scores must be submitted by the deadline.
    • 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). Observation hours can be completed after August 1, butlog of hours must be submitted and approved prior to January 1, 2021.
    • Whenever possible, have college transcripts sent electronically to the Admissions office at NVCC.
    • Applicants should understand and agree with the PTA Program Technical Standards which explains expectations of performance of common physical therapy functions.
    • Recommended that all applicants attend a PTA Program Information Session. Refer to website for additional information.
    • You should also understand and agree with the PTA Program Technical Standards, which explain our expectations of your performance of common physical therapy functions.

    Note: 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 a minimum of a C (C+ for Anatomy & Physiology II within the last 5 years) at the time of application.

    Program Requirements

    Physical Therapist Assistant A.S.

    Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
    Social Phenomena1 PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
    Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication1 ENG*H101 Composition 3
    Quantitative Reasoning1 Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed higher than MAT*H136/H137 3
    Scientific Knowledge1◊◊ BIO*H211 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
    FIRST SEMESTER (spring)    
    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 Reasoning1◊◊ BIO*H212 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
    Program Requirement PTA*H130 Clinical Anatomy and Kinesiology 3
    SECOND SEMESTER (fall)    
    Written Communication1 ENG*102 Literature and Composition OR ENG*H200 Advanced Composition 3
    Program Requirement PTA*H155 Pathophysiology in PT I 3
    Program Requirement PTA*H145 Physical Agents in Physical Therapy 3
    Program Requirement PTA*H150 PT Interventions I 4
    THIRD SEMESTER (spring)    
    Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications1 Choose Any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
    Program Requirement PTA*H251 PT Interventions II 3
    Program Requirement PTA*H255 Pathophysiology in PT II 3
    Program Requirement PTA*H258 PTA in the Healthcare Arena 2
    FOURTH SEMESTER (fall)    
    Program Requirement PTA*H260 Physical Therapy Seminar 2
    Program Requirement PTA*H262 PTA Internship II 5
    Program Requirement PTA*H265 PTA Internship III 5

    Total Credits: 63 (General education credits: 23 credits / PTA credits: 40)

    Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one. Oral Communication and Historical Knowledge competency courses are waived.

    1 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.

    Program Mission

    The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is committed to high standards as it educates students with the knowledge, clinical skills, professional behaviors, and core values essential to evidence-based and culturally competent care.

    Program Vision

    The program emphasis on technology and communication facilitates learning in the classroom as the program endeavors to educate students who:

    • strive for excellence as physical therapist assistants
    • commit to high ethical standards
    • appreciate and value racial, social, economic, and cultural diversity
    • utilize critical reflection
    • invest in community improvement
    • engage in lifelong learning

    Program Outcomes

    The design of the PTA curriculum, along with the mission of the PTA program, and the activities undertaken by the faculty and staff of the NVCC PTA Program should achieve the following program outcomes:

    1. Produce safe, competent, caring graduates with the entry-level skills of a physical therapist assistant.
    2. The average two-year passing rate of the graduates who choose to take the Physical Therapist Assistant national licensure examination will be at least 95%.
    3. The average two-year employment rate for the graduates who seek employment as a Physical Therapist Assistant and will attain a position within one-year of graduation will be 100%.
    4. 90% or more of students entering the program will complete the program within 1 1/2 times the length of the program (6 semesters or 3 years) as reported using CAPTE standards.

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    Where does this take me?


    Academic & Transfer

    Transfer options are limited without additional coursework in the sciences. Talk with your advisor.

    Career Paths

    The PTA program will prepare individuals to work under the direction and supervision of the Physical Therapist in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, long term care facilities, outpatient rehabilitation settings, school systems, and home care settings.

    • Licensure as a PTA


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