Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Applied Science

Olympic College offers a two-year curriculum designed to prepare graduates to be employed as Physical Therapist Assistants. The curriculum is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) www.apta.org/capte. The program offers a balance of general education courses, physical therapy theory and physical therapy assistant practice. Students accepted into the program will complete 640 hours of clinical education as part of the professional curriculum. Following acceptance, the professional phase of the program can be completed in five consecutive quarters. PTA program courses require a minimum 2.7 grade point or above to progress in the program. Clinical education courses are pass/fail. Graduates are prepared for immediate employment as physical therapist assistants (PTA) in various health care settings including hospitals, long-term care and skilled nursing facilities, private out-patient practice, school settings and home health. Students are prepared to take the national licensing examination for physical therapist assistants.


  1. Same tuition as other Olympic College students;
Additional Costs
  1. Laboratory fees (maximum $35/quarter);
  2. PTA student liability insurance;
  3. Proof of health insurance;
  4. APTA student association dues (optional);
  5. Transportation to and from clinical facilities not located on campus.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Demonstrate occupational skills necessary to obtain employment as a physical therapist assistant.
  2. Function under the supervision of the physical therapist in a safe, legal, ethical and effective manner.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate critical problem solving to assist the supervising physical therapist in monitoring and modifying plan of care within the knowledge and limits of practice.
  5. Perform and document physical therapy data collection and interventions safely and efficiently under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  6. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  7. Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities.
Advisor Office Phone
Bartlett, LynnOC Poulsbo 209360.394.2740
Kyes, StephanieOC Poulsbo 207360.394.2742

Required CoursesCredits
Students could take either prerequisite path of BIOL&175 and PHYS 110, OR, BIOL& 241/242 and CHEM& 121. Must choose one of the two designated pathways. 
BIOL&175Human Biology w/Lab5 
PHYS110Introduction to Physics*611
BIOL&241Human A & P 1*6 
BIOL&242Human A & P 2*6 
CHEM&121Intro to Chemistry*618
ENGL&101English Composition I*5
MATH099Intermediate Algebra*5
PSYC&100General Psychology5
PTA101Introduction to Physical Therapy*2
PTA102Medical Terminology for PTA*2
PTA103Documentation for the PTA*2
PTA104Ethics and Administration*2
PTA105Current PT Trends & Issues*2
PTA106Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy*6
PTA108Human Growth and Development*2
PTA110Orthopedic Conditions*2
PTA111Neuroscience for the PTA*2
PTA120PTA Procedures I–Basic Skills*6
PTA121PTA Procedures II–Gait Assessment*4
PTA122PTA Procedures III–Orthopedics*6
PTA123PTA Procedures IV–Physical Agents*4
PTA124PTA Procedures V–Neuromuscular*6.5
PTA125PTA Procedures VI–Tests and Measures*4
PTA126PTA Procedures VII–Therapeutic Exercise*2
PTA127PTA Procedures VIII–Functional Rehab*4
PTA151Clinical Experience I*4
PTA152Clinical Experience II*4
PTA251Clinical Affiliation I*7
PTA252Clinical Affiliation II*7
Total Credits Required111.5 or 118.5

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog