- 10 hours or more of volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy setting; written proof from
a PT or PTA on facility letterhead must be submitted with the application
- Grades of 75 or above in high school biology (living environment), chemistry and two
years of college preparatory math. Regents’ courses are recommended
Students Currently Attending NCC
- Grade of "C+" or better on AHS 131 Anatomy and Physiology I and enrolled in AHS 132
- Completion of at least 12 liberal arts credits with a GPA of 2.5 or above. If chemistry
was not completed in high school, a semester of introductory college chemistry is
required and may be counted as part of the 12 liberal arts credits.
- Requirements are the same as those for students currently attending NCC.
- All materials for an application must be submitted by the last Thursday of February
to be considered.
- For students who will be first entering the college, or students who attended and
are not currently in attendance, apply through the Admissions website, using the application
for Degree-Seeking students.
- For students who have attended as non-degree seeking or visiting students, apply through
the Admissiosn website, using the application for Returning students.
- For students currently attending NCC in another program of study, a request to transfer
into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program should be made by using the in-house
- All remedial courses as determined by the NCC placement exam given through the College
Admissions Office must be completed prior to beginning the Program. Placement into
remedial course(s) removes applicant for current Program entry.
- Admission is open to all high school graduates.
- In the event a student does not meet the day entrance requirements for the PTA Program
and wishes to take prerequisite courses to become eligible to apply, the student may
enroll in the Liberal Arts program (LAA-AA), before being considered for admission
to the PTA program, the student must complete entrance requirements described previously.
Admission is competitive.
- To be employed in New York State, all graduate physical therapist assistants must
pass a licensing examination and be certified by the state. You should be aware that
upon successful completion of the program, when you apply for certification as a PTA,
you will be required to show evidence of your current name and any previous names
you have used, any criminal records and your citizenship or legal status in the United
- Students accepted into the PTA Program must successfully complete AHS 131 (Anatomy
and Physiology I) and a humanities elective prior to attendance in the fall.
- All students must fulfill clinical requirements as stipulated by the Director of Clinical
Education. Clinical sessions are held off campus at affiliating institutions. Half-day
clinical sessions occur during the spring semester of the first year. Full-day clinical
sessions occur during the fall semester of the second year. Full time clinical sessions
occur during the spring semester of the second year and extend beyond the end of the
semester. Prospective students are reminded that they must be available to attend
all required clinical sessions, and that they must provide their own transportation
to and from clinical rotations.
- To ensure a realistic understanding of what the profession entails, candidates must
visit and observe a physical therapy department or clinic for a minimum of 10 hours.
A PT department in any hospital, nursing home or pediatric center may be used as well
as a PT private practice. Written proof of 10 hours volunteer or paid work experience
is submitted with the application. Work experience as a Physical Therapy Aide is accepted
as observation experience. More than one setting can be documented.
- All individuals admitted to the Program must be capable of meeting the Program’s published
- An interview with a member of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Admissions
Committee may be scheduled during the spring semester for eligible candidates.
- New students are as daytime students only, in the fall semester of each year. The
Physical Therapist Assistant Program is not offered in the evening
- Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade
point average. In addition, they must receive a grade of "C" or better in all core
courses and in each individual segment of the Program (i.e., lecture, laboratory,
Further Information: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program Student Handbook is available for review
for current and potential students. For details, call 516.572.9640 ext 26584.