Career Advancement


Applicants often ask about options for transitioning, or ‘bridging’ from being a PTA to a licensed Physical Therapist. There are some education options for this bridge, but they are limited. Click here to view the latest information from the American Physical Therapy Association on PTA-to-PT bridge programs.

PTA’s also have the option of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree for pre-DPT. Each students situation, options and academic background are unique. Consider contacting an Advisor at Whatcom, or in your home area, to discuss your options. During this advising session, you may find out about how many of your credits may transfer to a baccalaureate institution, after graduating from Whatcom's PTA program.

Sample Career Pathway

While your Associate of Science - PTA is not a transfer degree, it does offer some transfer options...