NCC offers the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, allowing students to achieve
a career in the growing and dynamic field of physical therapy in as little as two
years. NCC also offers advisement for students planning a career as a Physical Therapist.
Students can begin their academic studies at NCC in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.
To become a professional physical therapist, a doctoral level of study is required.
Besides the education as noted above, the Physical Therapist evaluates the patient,
sets the goals, plans and oversees the treatment program. The Physical Therapist Assistant
carries out treatment activities, with varying degrees of supervision by the physical
The website www.apta.org provides a wealth of information. Prospective PT and PTA students can view career
and education information and link to videos highlighting the fields. A faculty advisor
can review your high school and/or college records to help you decide. Appointments
with an NCC PT faculty advisor are available through the Allied Health Sciences Department
located in Cluster E-Room E2225, 516.572.9640.
PTAs may choice to go on to become Physical Therapists. It is first necessary to complete
a bachelor’s degree that includes sciences and other prerequisites required by the
PT schools you wish to attend. The liberal arts courses that were a part of your PTA
curriculum will count towards the credits you need in order to complete a bachelor’s;
but, the PTA courses most likely will not count. In addition to a bachelor’s degree
many schools require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Admission is competitive.
All students interested in PT careers must have completed volunteer or paid work hours
in a physical therapy facility. Many facilities will offer volunteer opportunities
to students who show courteous and mature behaviors when inquiring about volunteer
work. Always have a PT or PTA document your hours by supplying you with a signed letter
on official letterhead stationery from the facility where you did your observation.
Again, observation requirements can vary by school.
For students new to NCC, application is through the Office of Admissions. For students
currently attending NCC, a Change of Program application is available from the Allied
Health Sciences Office. It is highly recommended that you make an appointment with
a PT faculty advisor to help determine your eligibility for admission. Applications
received by the last Friday of February will receive priority for September admission.
Applications may be taken after February, if there are seats available. Admission
is competitive, as the number of seats in the program is limited.
If you have graduated from high school and have not attended college, your high school
record should show that you have completed both biology and chemistry with grades
of 75 or above, two years of pre-college math with grades of 75 or above, and if your
high school ranks its graduates, you should rank in the upper half of the graduating
If you have attended college, your college record should show that you have completed
a laboratory science for science majors (preferably, Anatomy & Physiology I) with
a grade of “C+” or above, and at least 8 additional credits of liberal arts courses
from the PTA curriculum. The minimal acceptable GPA to apply is 2.5. If chemistry
was not taken in high school, than a college introductory chemistry course is required.
All students applying must also provide a letter documenting 10 hours of observation
in a physical therapy facility, on official letterhead stationery from the facility
where you observed.
For students who are not as academically prepared, advisement is available to complete
the PTA Program in 3 years rather than 2 years. The majority of students accepted
to the PTA program have completed some college credits prior to beginning their PTA
The Physical Therapist Assistant can work in out-patient settings, hospitals, nursing
homes, rehabilitation or pediatric centers and a variety of other settings. Full-time
and part-time jobs are readily available.
Make an appointment with an NCC PT faculty advisor, through the Allied Health Sciences
Department (Cluster E, room 2225; phone: 516.572.9640). Additionally, visit the PTA
program Application and Admissions Requirements web page. The minimum requirements for the PTA Program are listed above, and also
on the NCCPTA Program Sheet (available through Admissions. Follow all instructions and pay attention to application deadlines.
NCC recommended courses are listed in the Liberal Arts and Science-Physical Therapy
(LA/AA AA) Program Sheet (LA/AA AA). Please be aware that each school may have its
own specific entry requirements. Most PT programs require a baccalaureate degree in
order to apply.
A complete list of accredited schools is available from The American Physical Therapy
Association at www.apta.org. Click on links for prospective students. Search by PT vs. PTA and by state. Admission
requirements can vary among schools.
NCC PT Faculty advisement is available by making an appointment at the Allied Health Sciences department-E2225, 516.572.9640. General information about the field of physical therapy is available
through the APTA, www.apta.org.