Rowan College at Gloucester County

Physical Therapist Assistant

​​ Description

A Physical Therapist Assistant, or PTA, is a clinician who provides, for patients with impairments from illness or injury, treatment interventions and components of therapeutic measurement under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Upon graduation from the PTA program*, students will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam for PTA' to determine competence for licensure application, and thus will be able to work in a variety of patient care settings.

Application packets for entry into the program will be made available to students during the preceding Fall semester. Students receive acceptance into the program once, yearly, during the Spring semester.

PTA technical coursework begins during the Spring semester and concludes with two 6-week full-time clinical affiliations in the subsequent Spring semester, just prior to graduation in May.

Program Goals

The goals of the Physical Therapist Assistant program of Rowan College at Gloucester County are:

    1. To provide a safe, nurturing environment for the enhancement of academic and clinical learning through provision of instruction from a qualified faculty of physical therapy educators and clinicians who are committed to experiences that translate into the safe, effective and ethical treatment of patients through the use of PT interventions which follow the principles of evidence-based practice.
    2. To provide the effective resources and mentorship for program graduates to be successful takers of the NPTE for PTAs, then seek and obtain gainful employment after graduation. 
    3. To graduate* knowledgeable entry-level professional physical therapist assistants who are well-versed in the PTA's point of entry into the patient/client management model, and who continue to value life-long learning and commitment to the surrounding community far beyond graduation from the program.


This is a selective-admission, day time professional program designed to prepare the PTA to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Students must be accepted to the program before registering for any physical therapist assistant (PTA) courses.

Admissions packets are now available online. Applicants will be required to submit with the admissions packet documentation that 25 hours of observation have been completed in at least two different physical therapy settings. Contact your program advisor for more detailed information.

Visit the Selective Admissions page for more information.

Program Classes

To obtain a semester-by-semester breakdown of the required classes and electives for this program, contact the program advisor, Mr. Shawn Rutter. Course descriptions are provided in the admissions packet and in the College Catalog.

Program Advisor
Prospective Students:
For more information on the two-step admissions process, click here.
To schedule an appointment with an Admissions Coordinator, click here and select "Future Nursing and Allied Health Students"
Call:  856-415-2209

Current RCGC Students:
Shawn Rutter, Counseling Advisor
To schedule an appointment with Shawn Rutter, click here.
Call:  856-468-5000, ext. 2204
NOTE: Students involved with other groups (Educational Opportunity Fund, Student Athlete, etc.) report to that advisor.

Program Status Statement*

*​Effective November 9, 2016 Rowan College at Gloucester County has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.​

RCC PTA students in class

Expected Student Outcomes

At the completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, a graduate will:

  1. Qualify to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants

  2. Demonstrate behavior consistent with the APTA’s established core values of accountability, altruism, compassion and caring, cultural competence, duty, integrity, and social responsibility

  3. Work within the scope of practice as defined by the physical therapy licensing act and all pertaining laws and regulations of the state of practice

  4. Use sound judgment for evidence-informed decision-making through critical thinking and problem solving

  5. Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities

    In addition, as an entry-level physical therapist assistant, under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, and within the patient’s established plan of care, an RCGC graduate will be able to:

  6. Exhibit professional behaviors in the role as a responsible physical therapist assistant by providing safe, ethical and legal care

  7. Demonstrate entry-level competency in all required intervention skills of a PTA including:

      • Performance of manual techniques and application of biophysical agents

      • Provision of transfer, gait, activities of daily living and functional training

      • Instruction of therapeutic exercise and of patient and caregiver education, and

      • Progression of therapy interventions to achieve long-term and short-term term goals

    1. Communicate with patients/clients, caregivers and members of the health care team about the plan of care required in the rehabilitation process

    2. Identify characteristics of pathology, patient diseases and conditions and pharmacology that will affect patient’s therapy outcomes

    3. Complete and report patient data collection which communicates the need and rationale for continued physical therapy intervention

    4. Document a patient’s progress in the health record to comply with facility and payer regulations consistent with the health care delivery system

    5. Act in accordance with all emergency procedures related to the setting of practice

    ​Last Updated 6/1/2017

    The content and requirements of the program requirements may be altered at any time at the discretion of the College. The program requirements were checked for accuracy at the time of publishing but should not be considered a contract between the College and the student.
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