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Physical therapy assistants (PTAs), alternatively known as physical therapist assistants, provide therapy under the supervision of physical therapists, helping in treatment and exercises with patients. Students in New Hampshire may earn an associate's degree in the field from a community college that includes clinical elements such as a seminar and sessions during their education. Read on for more information about the physical therapy assistant program available in New Hampshire.
River Valley Community College
River Valley Community College is a 2-year, public school located in the rural city of Claremont. RVCC offers a 2-year, Associate in Science - Physical Therapist Assistant degree program for students interested in assisting licensed physical therapists in the treatment of patients suffering from debilitating illness or injury.
The courses cover anatomy and physiology, physical and occupational therapies, daily living activities, human development, kinesiology, physical therapy procedures, therapeutic exercise, clinical neurology, psychology and more. Students must also complete a physical therapy clinical education seminar and three separate clinical sessions at off-campus facilities.
A maximum of 20 students are accepted into the PTA program each year. During the 2009-2011 period, more than three-quarters of RVCC graduates passed the NPTE, which is comparable to the national average passing rate, and 100% of those who passed became employed in the field within about six months.
In the majority of states, including New Hampshire, PTAs must have a minimum of an associate's degree in physical therapy, completed clinical affiliations and passed the national examination for licensure. The curriculum in the physical therapy assistant program at the college above is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and prepares graduates to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) in the state in which he or she wishes to practice.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Physical Therapy Assistant Program Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|River Valley Community College||2-year, public; fringe rural||Associate in Science - Physical Therapist Assistant||$6,855 in-state; $15,015 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator