Physical Therapist Assistant-Associate Degree

Course Requirements
ID Title Class Lab Credits
Fall Semester (year 1)
ENGL102R College Composition I # 3-4 0 3-4
BIOL201R Anatomy and Physiology # 3 3 4
AHLT104R Introduction to Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy # 1 0 1
AHLT112R* Clinical Conditions for OT/PT # 3 0 3
AHLT135R* Activities of Daily Living # 2 3 3
PTAC112R* Physical Therapy Procedures I 2 3 3
Spring Semester (year 1)
MATHxxxR Mathematics Elective # 3/4 0 3/4
BIOL202R Anatomy and Physiology II # 3 3 4
AHLT123R* Functional Kinesiology # 2 3 3
PTAC115R* Therapeutic Exercise # 2 3 3
PTAC122R* Physical Therapy Procedures II # 2 3 3
Summer Semester (year 1)
PTAC190R* PTA Clinical Education Practicum I (8wks) 304 hours # 0 0 6
PTAC192R* PTA Clinical Education Practicum I Seminar # (two 8 hour days) 1 0 1
Fall Semester (year 2)
PSYC114R Human Development 3 0 3
XXXXxxxR Humanities/Fine Arts/World Language Elective 3 0 3
PSYC101R Introduction to Psychology 3 0 3
AHLT210R* PT/OT Management # 2 0 2
AHLT220R* Clinical Neurology 3 0 3
PTAC211R* Physical Therapy Procedures III # 2 3 3
Spring Semester (year 2)
PTAC250R* PTA Clinical Education Seminar #                  (eight 8 hour days) 4 0 4
PTAC292R* PTA Clinical Education Practicum II # (10 wks) 400 hours 0 0 8

* Must be matriculated in professional program or receive special written permission from the Program Director or instructor.

# - Co/prerequisites Required.  See Course Descriptions
Program of Study is subject to change.  

Associate in Science Degree

For more information about this program, please contact Laurie Clute at or 603-542-7744 x5419. 

This Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at River Valley Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fair¬fax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-7063245; email: ; website: www.capteonline. org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (603) 542-7744 extension 5419 or email


The PTA program prepares students to work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The program also prepares students for the PTA licensure examination in the student’s respective state or jurisdiction. Job opportunities for PTAs can be found across the country and include a variety of different settings. From outpatient clinics to long term care facilities, PTAs can find part time and full time work in variety of working environments. 100% of our PTA graduates report having a job within six months of passing their licensing exam.


RVCC’s PTA program includes coursework focused on passing the PTA national licensure examination. Our 2016 and 2017 alumni have a 100% success rate passing the national exam (nationwide average for all PTA programs = 94.45%).


Application deadlines: April 1 and June 15 for the following fall. The PTA program requires supplementary application materials. Applicants must meet all requirements for consideration before entering the program. Space is limited and applicants should be prepared for a competitive selection process. Full details are available at the college website: academic-programs/physical-therapist-assistant


Requirements for application consideration: Acceptance is contingent on demonstration of a set academic standard. Refer to the PTA application packet (URL above) or admissions office for details.


Technical Standards: Students must meet motor, sensory, communication, behavioral, and critical thinking standards for admission to the program. These standards are in accordance with the rigors of the field. For more information, please refer to the PTA Program Application Packet (URL above).


Transfer Options: The PTA program has a transfer agreement in place with Franklin Pierce University which allows students to apply their work at River Valley towards a Bachelor’s degree from FPU. An Associate Degree in PTA is considered terminal, and is not a stepping stone to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Graduates interested in related coursework may consider a certificate in Massage Therapy, an Associate degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant, Bachelor degrees in Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology or Master degrees in Athletic Training.


Special Requirements: The PTA program requires students to take technical and liberal arts courses. All technical courses for the program are offered exclusively at RVCC’s Claremont campus. The liberal arts courses availability is more flexible; courses may be offered at our satellite Academic Centers or online. PTA Students are required to keep pace with the class schedule and must take courses in sequential order. Students must also meet technical, dress code and grade standards as well as additional clinical education requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations, CPR certification, liability insurance, health insurance, a Criminal/ Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check and/or drug test. Students are responsible for those expenses. All courses in the PTA program must be passed with a grade of “C” in order to progress. All PTAC and AHLT courses are based on a 7-point scale (C=80). At selected points in the program, students must pass a comprehensive examination in order to progress.


The PTA program combines classroom and laboratory work at the college with two full-time (8 weeks and 10 weeks) supervised clinical education experiences. The Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education works with each student to assign appropriate clinical sites. Assignments depend on the availability of clinical sites. Students may be required to temporarily relocate or travel an estimated 90 minutes one way. A car is required for personal transportation to all clinical education experience assignments.


Once matriculated into the PTA program, all courses must be successfully completed within 3 years unless special permission has been obtained from the program director to continue for a fourth year. The testing of competencies is required after a leave of absence or a prolonged period of study. Please see the PTA program Student Handbook online for more information.


Graduates must pass a national examination and satisfy licensing requirements in most states in order to practice legally under the supervision of a physical therapist.



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Claremont, NH 03743


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