Physical Therapist Assistant, A.A.S.

Requirements to Remain in the Program

Once accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program, continued matriculation is contingent upon:

  1. An acceptable student physical examination. Health records including a physical exam, immunizations and blood work must remain current for the entire period of enrollment in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. The student is responsible for all costs related to the physical examination. Because of the nature of the profession, students need a moderate degree of strength because of physical exertion required in assisting patients with their treatment. In some cases, assistants need to lift patients. Frequent kneeling, stooping and standing for long periods are also part of the job.
  2. Certification in Basic Life Support and Advanced First Aid Responding to Emergencies must be completed prior to the first clinical education course. This requirement may be fulfilled through successful completion of HED 214 or an equivalent program offered by the American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or National Safety Council. Certification must remain current throughout the program.
  3. Abiding by all academic and clinical education policies.
  4. Obtain a minimum of a C grade in all PTA and BIO courses.


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
(703) 684-2782 | (800) 999-2782

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Niagara County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-684-2782; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 716-614-6422 or email Accredited through 2026.

Complaints are submitted to the
Department of Accreditation, APTA
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314