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Whatcom offers the following degree:

Associate in Science (AS) - Physical Therapist Assistant

Note: Core course requirements are listed alphabetically within the degree template, not in the order they should be taken. Core PTA classes must be taken in the prescribed sequence.


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. While a minimum grade of C+ (2.3 grade point) is required in each prerequisite and general education course, an overall competitive cumulative grade point should be at least a B+ (3.3 grade point).

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.

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.

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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 2018)

 Completion of general education courses is required for admission to core program requirements
 ENGL& 101
 English Composition I (CM)
 BUS 100
 Business Math (CP)
 or MATH& 107
 Math in Society (CP)

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

 PSYC& 100
 General Psychology (HR)
 or SOC& 101
 Introduction to Sociology (HR)
 Science Lab
 Any BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS lab course
 MA 101
 Medical Terminology I
 BIOL& 241
 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (Taken no more than 10 years prior to PTA application deadline)
 BIOL& 242 and CMST& 101, 210, 220, or 230 highly recommended, but not required.
 Subtotal  27
 CORE REQUIREMENTS (courses are listed alphabetically)  Credits
 PTA 101
 Introduction to Physical Therapy
 PTA 105
 Tests and Measurements
 PTA 110
 PTA Procedures I
 PTA 111
 PTA Procedures II
 PTA 113
 PTA Procedures III
 PTA 151
 Clinical Experience
 PTA 201
 Ethical Issues in Physical Therapy
 PTA 202  Applied Anatomy and Clinical Kinesiology 5
 PTA 204  Clinical Neurology 3
 PTA 225
 PTA Procedures IV
 PTA 226
 PTA Procedures V
 PTA 227
 PTA Procedures VI
 PTA 251
 Clinical Experience II
 PTA 253A
 Clinical Affiliation I
 PTA 253B
 Clinical Affiliation II
 PTA 273
 Anatomy and Pathophysiology for the PTA I
 PTA 274
 Anatomy and Pathophysiology for the PTA II  4
 PTA 280
 Special Topics in Physical Therapy
 PTA 285
 Manual Therapy Techniques for Physical Therapist Assistants
 Subtotal  84
 Total  111

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