Prerequisites

Applicants to the core PTA program are required to have first earned a minimum grade of C+ (2.3 GPA) in each of the general education requirements / related instruction courses noted below in the degree template.

Planning prerequisite courses can be complicated. Without all of the information or a plan, you risk wasting your time and money. After attending an information session, schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to help you plan a sequence of courses for your unique circumstances. If you intend to take prerequisite courses somewhere other than WCC, check with an academic advisor regarding the transferability.

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the application deadline: for the full-time, on campus program that starts each fall, by the end of the preceding winter quarter; for the part-time, online/hybrid program that begins each spring, by the end of the preceding summer quarter.

If you have earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university or you earned a transfer degree in Washington State, you may be able to use your degree as a whole to satisfy individual general education prerequisites. Please consult with an academic advisor to explore those options.

Associate in Science (AS) - Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant degree prepares students to work with adult, geriatric and/or pediatric populations in general hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities and school districts. Graduates are eligible for licensure or certification in any state as a physical therapist assistant. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Course requirements (effective fall 2014)

 GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS/RELATED INSTRUCTION
 Credits
 Completion of general education courses is required for admission to core program requirements
 
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 5
 BUSAD 100
 Business Math (CP)
5
 or MATH& 107
 Math in Society (CP)

 or  Any course designated as Computation on the Related Instruction list (CP)

 PSYC& 100
 General Psychology (HR)
 5
 or SOC& 101
 Introduction to Sociology (HR)
 
 Science Lab
 Any BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS lab course
 5
 MA 101
 Medical Terminology I
 2
 BIOL& 241
 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
 5
 BIOL& 242 and CMST& 101, 210, 220, or 230 highly recommended, but not required.
 
 Subtotal  27
 CORE REQUIREMENTS  Credits
 PTA 101
 Introduction to Physical Therapy
 3
 PTA 105
 Tests and Measurements
 2
 PTA 110
 PTA Procedures I
 5
 PTA 111
 PTA Procedures II
 7
 PTA 113
 PTA Procedures III
 4
 PTA 151
 Clinical Experience
 4
 PTA 201
 Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy
 3
 PTA 225
 PTA Procedures IV
 5
 PTA 226
 PTA Procedures V
 4
 PTA 227
 PTA Procedures VI
 7
 PTA 251
 Clinical Experience II
 4
 PTA 253A
 Clinical Affiliation I
 9
 PTA 253B
 Clinical Affiliation II
 9
 PTA 273
 Anatomy and Pathophysiology for the PTA I
 3
 PTA 274
 Anatomy and Pathophysiology for the PTA Ii  4
 PTA 280
 Special Topics in Physical Therapy
 2
 PTA 285
 Manual Therapy Techniques for Physical Therapist Assistants
 1
 HLTH 201
 Clinical Neurology
 3
 HLTH 202
 Applied Anatomy and Clinical Kinesiology
 5
 Subtotal  84
 Total  111