Physical Therapist Assistant
Olympic College offers a two year curriculum designed to prepare graduates to be employed as Physical Therapist Assistants. The program offers a balance of general education courses, physical therapy theory, practical instruction and clinical education.
At the end of the program, successful students will be able to:
- Demonstrate occupational skills necessary to obtain employment as a physical therapist assistant.
- Function under the supervision of the physical therapist in a safe, legal, ethical and effective manner.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and communication skills necessary to effectively interact with clients and family members, members of the health care team and other professional colleagues.
- Demonstrate critical problem solving to assist the supervising physical therapist in monitoring and modifying plan of care within the knowledge and limits of practice.
- Perform and document physical therapy data collection and interventions safely and efficiently under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
- Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
- Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities.
DEGREESAssociate in Applied Science
- The Evergreen State College
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Physical Therapist Assistant
MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE IN WASHINGTON STATE
Physical Therapy Department
Source: 2012 Olympic College Workforce Development "Red Book"