General education courses for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program can be taken on any CCRI campus. The PTA program courses are offered during that day on the Newport County Campus. Clinical Education experiences are scheduled during the day and typically run from Monday – Friday.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a 2 year program that integrates classroom preparation and clinical practice. General education courses such as English Composition, Oral Communication, Anatomy, Physiology, Introduction to College Math, General Psychology, and Developmental Psychology enhance the Physical Therapist Assistant Program core courses. Core courses include laboratory sessions to learn and practice the hands on skills required to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. The faculty helps students to acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to provide physical therapy services. The students have 3 clinical education experiences in various physical therapy settings to utilize skills in the clinic that were learned in the classroom, while being mentored by a licensed Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.
As you consider choosing a program to prepare you for a lifelong career as a Physical Therapist Assistant, consider how CCRI can provide you with a superior educational experience.
Interested students should enroll in a math and science curriculum, including math and biology. Students should consider completing the online RHAB 1100: Foundational Kinesiology, and RHAB 1010: Medical Terminology courses at CCRI in preparation for success in the PTA curriculum. High school students can take these online courses during their senior year. All students will need good reading and communication skills to prepare them to take English Composition I at the college level.
All students wishing to apply to the PTA program must complete all prerequisite courses with a “B-” or better and must have a GPA of at least 2.7. Refer to the PTA Program Admission Guidelines document for further information. Applications are accepted in February only following completion of the preadmission requirements.
Applicants are rank ordered for acceptance through the performance based application process. For the best chance of acceptance, prospective students should attempt to complete their preadmission requirements in time to apply during the February application period.