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Education Details

Physical Therapist Assistant
Award type: AS
Whatcom Community College

Program Details
Program Overview for Physical Therapist Assistant
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Whatcom Community College
Program website
Program contact
Entry & Advising
(360) 383-3080
Program description
PTAs work with licensed physical therapists to provide treatment for physical injury or disability. Treatments include application of heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and massage, as well as training in therapeutic exercise and functional activities. WCC's PTA program is particularly successful at training PTAs both locally and across the state. The purpose of the PTA 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.
Financial Information
Average $2,130/qtr (WA resident), including tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc.
Tuition per credit
WA resident $113.59 (1-10 credits) $53.26 (11-18 credits) $96.53 (19+ credits)
Total program tuition
$14,910 (WA resident), including pre-requisites and core program tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc.
$50 (application fee), $25/lab class (lab fee), $20/qtr (bus pass), $6.32/credit (rec fee)
Books and materials
Average $380/qtr
Supplies, tools, uniform
$600 (supplies, background check, vaccinations, and general academic supplies)
Other costs
$500 (licensing after graduation)
Program Information
Length of training
6 Months (pre-requisites) + 15 months (core program requirements)
Award type
Locations offered
Main Location view map
Public transportation service: Whatcom Transportation Authority

some courses online
Offered evenings/weekends
Offered onlinesome courses online
Entrance requirements
The PTA program requires a minimum grade of C+ (2.3) in each program prerequisite course.
Certification/license required to work in this field
Physical Therapist Assistant
Certification/license obtained as part of training program
Certification/license test preparation provided
National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)