Frequently Asked Questions
What degree programs are offered at NCC in Physical Therapy?
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-Physical Therapy major to become a physical therapist, generally a doctoral level of study.
What is the difference between a Physical Therapist (PT) and Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)?
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 therapist.
How do I decide whether to become a PTA or PT?
Volunteering and observing PTs and PTAs in the field can help you decide. Videos of PTs and PTAs can be seen online at www.beapt.org. 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, Room E2225, 516.572.9640.
Can a PTA become a PT?
Many PTAs go on to become Physical Therapists either by the traditional route of full-time study at a university or taking a weekend program to obtain their advanced degree.
I read that volunteer hours are required. How do I get volunteer hours?
All students interested in PT careers must have volunteer or paid work hours in a physical therapy facility. Many facilities will offer volunteer opportunities to a student who shows courteous and mature behaviors when inquiring about volunteer work. Always have a PT or PTA document your hours by a signed letter on official letterhead. Again, entry requirements can vary by school.
How do I apply to the PTA Program?
For students new to NCC, application is through the Admissions Office. For students already attending NCC, an 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.
I didn’t do too well in high school. Can I still become a PTA?
For students who are not as academically prepared, advisement is available to complete the PTA Program in three (3) years rather than two (2) years. The majority of PTA students have completed some college credits prior to beginning the PTA coursework.
What kinds of jobs does the PTA get?
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.
I was in Pre-PT but I am thinking of switching to the PTA program. What do I need to do?
Make an appointment with an NCC PT faculty advisor. Entry requirements of the PTA Program are listed on the NCC PTA Program Sheet as well as here. Follow all instructions and pay attention to application deadlines.
What classes does the Pre-PT student take?
NCC recommended course of study for Pre-PT science majors (LA/AA AA) is listed in the Physical Therapy Program Sheet. Please be aware that each school may have its own specific entry requirements. Most PT programs require a baccalaureate degree in order to apply.
What schools offer PT? What are the admission requirements?
A complete list of accredited schools is available from The American Physical Therapy Association at www.apta.org. Click on links for students. Search by PT vs. PTA and by state. Admission requirements can vary among schools.
Can I take evening and weekend classes?
Most classes are available in the evening or weekend except for the actual Physical Therapist Assistant Program classes that are available as day-study only.
Where can I get more information?
NCC PT faculty advisement is available by making an appointment at the Allied Health Sciences department (Building E, Room 2225, 516.572.9640). General information about the field of physical therapy is available through the APTA at www.apta.org.