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Fall 2020 PTA program cancelled

We are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the fall 2020 physical therapist assistant (PTA) cohort. The cancellation is primarily related to the impact of COVID-19 on our clinical partners, and many current clinical placements have been cancelled or postponed with an unknown start date. Our on-campus program is an accelerated program with clinical placements that begin in the second quarter and, under the current conditions, students' education would be disrupted and delayed. As a college, we feel the best decision at this time is to postpone taking an on-campus cohort until fall 2021.

We understand that this comes as disappointing news. Current applicants to the fall 2020 program have been notified directly and we are working with them to find suitable alternatives.

Whatcom is accepting applications to the spring 2021 hybrid program now through Nov. 30, 2020. Applications to the fall 2021 on-campus program will be accepted beginning early December 2020 through April 2021.

In considering your next steps, here are some timelines to consider as you make a decision that is best for you: The fall 2021 cohort is a full-time, 5-quarter program that will graduate December 2022; the spring 2021 hybrid cohort is a part-time, 9-quarter program that will graduate June 2023.

Contact Luanne Peel ( with any questions.

Physical therapist assistant (PTA) program mission

The PTA program will produce entry-level physical therapist assistants who possess the knowledge and skill necessary to work under the supervision of the physical therapist while providing safe and competent patient services for the prevention or alleviation of physical impairment. The program strives to instill in the student professional qualities of ethical practice; awareness of diverse people and of a global society; individual responsibility for lifelong learning; the ability to engage in clinical problem solving; and a dedication to the promotion of personal wellness including physical activity.


CAPTE - Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Whatcom Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 360-383-3500 or email

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.

WCC graduates named Siemens Technical Scholars

(March 1, 2017)

Two Whatcom Community College physical therapist assistant (PTA) graduates have been named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation. Adam Fedewa and John (Dustin) Sloan were among 51 exceptional community college students selected from some of the nation's strongest community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Fedewa, who graduated December 2016, and Sloan, a December 2015 graduate who works at Performance PT in Bellingham, each will receive a $3,500 scholarship. The scholarships can be applied to continuing education or student loans.

Read the full press release here.



  • Does the PTA program transfer to a baccalaureate institution?
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