Program News

Experience hours requirement for application is reduced.

Starting with applications due in Spring 2014 for the full-time program beginning Fall 2014, applicants only need 25 experience hours. No additional points will be awarded for earning more than 25 hours. Applicants will still earn additional points for accruing hours at three or more locations. You can find other application scoring updates here.

Fall 2012 Graduating Class Achieves High Licensing Pass Rate!

24 students graduated from the full-time PTA program in December. 23 of them sat for the first available licensing test session and achieved a 100% pass rate on the first attempt! Congratulations to those graduates and to the PTA program for this significant achievement.

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What is the Physical Therapist
Assistant Program?


The PTA program is offered in two formats:  on campus in a traditional class setting, or in a part-time online/hybrid format.  The purpose of the program is to graduate skilled technical health care professionals who are capable of carrying out treatment programs under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Curriculum design is oriented to develop skills as well as comprehension of underlying theory, both of which are essential to competent practice.

Find out more at an information session

Applying to the Program

Degree Information

What can I do as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)?

  • Click here for information from the American Physical Therapy Association on general information on PTA duties and work environment

PTA student outcome data.

  • Click here for information on number of applicants, number of graduates, licensing pass rates and employment. "Total applicants" refers to the number of applications received which had all application requirements satisfied on or before the application deadline.

Accreditation

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The PTA program at Whatcom Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.