On Campus Program


Full-time, face-to-face


Whatcom Community College offers a two-year Associate in Science Degree Program to prepare PTA's for immediate employment. The PTA degree contains prerequisite courses including study in anatomy and physiology, general education/related instruction requirements such as English, math and social science, and the PTA core of physical therapy application courses and practical clinical experience.

The full-time, on campus program begins each fall (September) with applications due in the spring (April). Prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of winter quarter (March), before the application deadline.

The full-time program is offered in a 1+1 design format: the first year to complete program prerequisites and general education requirements and the second year to complete PTA core classes spanning five quarters (15 months), starting each September and finishing the following December. The prerequisite courses may be completed at another college or university and transferred to WCC. There is a selective application process for entry into the PTA core courses.

PTA core courses must be taken in sequence. The program is a rigorous and academically demanding course of study. It is recommended that students admitted to the PTA full-time program limit their outside obligations as much as possible. The program demands an average of 20 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments. The final quarter of the on campus format consists of two full-time clinical affiliations scheduled 40 hours per week.


Cost of the PTA program can be found...

...by clicking here. This information is hosted by Career Bridge. As costs and information can and will change, be sure to contact the PTA program or an Advisor for the most current information for planning the funding of your education.

You can also find a breakdown of potential costs on things such as books, supplies and licensing, by clicking here.

Quarter-by-Quarter Course Sequence

The full-time, face-to-face PTA course sequence includes...


 first year
HLTH 202 Applied Anatomy and Clinical Kinesiology (Lab)        5 
PTA 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy        3 
PTA 110  PTA Procedures I (lab)       5 
PTA 273  Anatomy & Pathophysiology I for the PTA       3 
     Total: 16
PTA 105  Tests and Measurements        2 
PTA 111  PTA Procedures II (lab)        7 
PTA 113  PTA Procedures III (lab)        4 
PTA 151  Clinical Experience I (internship 80 hrs)        4 
PTA 274  Anatomy & Pathophysiology II for the PTA        4 
     Total: 21
HLTH 201  Clinical Neurology        3 
PTA 251  Clinical Experience II (internship 80 hrs)       4 
PTA 225  PTA Procedures IV (lab)        5 
PTA 227  PTA Procedures VI (lab)        7 
    Total: 19 
PTA 226  PTA Procedures V (lab)        4 
PTA 201  Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy        3 
PTA 280  Special Topics in Physical Therapy         2 
PTA 285  Manual Therapy for PTA's (lab)        1 
    Total: 10 


 second year
PTA 253A  Clinical Affiliation I (internship 280 hrs)        9 
PTA 253B  Clinical Affiliation II (internship 280 hrs)        9 
    Total: 18 



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