Online/Hybrid Program



Whatcom Community College offers a two-year Associate in Science Degree Program to prepare PTAs 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 online/hybrid program is offered in a part-time format. Students areonly required to come to campus approximately one weekend per month.

The online/hybrid program begins each spring (April) with applications due the preceding fall (November). Prerequisite courses must be complete by the end of summer quarter, before the application deadline.

Prerequisites and general education requirements typically take one year to complete and then two years to complete the PTA core courses over 9 quarters. 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. Both formats require 20 to 30 hours per week outside of class on homework assignments. The final clinical affiliations are split into two quarters for the online hybrid format and may be done in your home area.


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.

Pierce College / Southern Puget Sound Attendance Options

Are you in the South Puget Sound area? If so, and you are accepted into the PTA program you may be interested in attending your monthly labs with a group of students at the Pierce College campuses (Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood, or Puyallup). WCC and Pierce College advisors and faculty work together to help you, starting with prerequisites and on through the entire PTA program. Students selected for the PTA program are Whatcom students ‘on paper,’ but attend the lab sessions at Pierce. Lab space is limited so some students may be asked to attend the monthly lab in Bellingham.

Yakima Valley / Eastern Washington Attendance Options

For applicants closer to Yakima, Washington and the surrounding central Washington area YVCC offers a dedicated advisor who is especially familiar with the PTA program. This person can advise you on local options for prerequisites and the PTA application process. YVCC and other students in the area who are accepted into the PTA program will have the option of attending labs in Bellingham or Lakewood (location option may be limited by space availability). Check back here from time to time for possible announcements regarding PTA lab sessions being offered at YVCC.

Quarter-by-Quarter Course Sequence

PTA 101  Introduction to Physical Therapy        3 
HLTH 202  Applied Anatomy & Clinical Kinesiology (lab)        8 
    Total: 8 
PTA 110  PTA Procedures I (lab)        5 
PTA 273  Anatomy & Pathophysiology I for the PTA       3 
PTA 105  Tests and Measurements        2 
     Total: 10
PTA 111  PTA Procedures II (lab)        7 
PTA 274  Anatomy & Pathophysiology II for the PTA        4 
    Total: 11 
HLTH 201  Clinical Neurology        3 
PTA 113
PTA Procedures III (lab)       4

  Total: 7 


 second year
PTA 151  Clinical Experience I  (internship 80 hrs)        4 
PTA 201  Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy        3 
PTA 227  PTA Procedures VI (lab)        7 
PTA 251 Clinical Experience II (internship 80 hrs)        4 
PTA 225  PTA Procedures IV (lab)        5 
    Total: 9 
PTA 226  PTA Procedures V (lab)        4 
PTA 280  Special Topics in Physical Therapy        2 
PTA 285  Manual Therapy for PTA's (lab)        1 
    Total: 7 
PTA 253A  Clinical Affiliation I (internship 280 hrs)       9 


   plus one more quarter  
 PTA 253B          Clinical Affiliation II (internship 280 hrs)                         9          



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