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, Lynn OC Poulsbo 209 360.394.2740
Kyes, Stephanie OC Poulsbo 207 360.394.2742
PTA Department ocpta@olympic.edu 360.394.2786

Required Courses Credits
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& 175 Human Biology w/Lab 5  
PHYS 110 Introduction to Physics* 6 11
BIOL& 241 Human A & P 1* 6  
BIOL& 242 Human A & P 2* 6  
CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry* 6 18
ENGL& 101 English Composition I* 5
MATH 099 Intermediate Algebra* 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5

First Year Fall Quarter:
PTA 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy* 2
PTA 102 Medical Terminology for PTA* 2
PTA 106 Kinesiology and Functional Anatomy* 6
PTA 120 PTA Procedures I–Basic Skills* 6

First Year Winter Quarter:
PTA 107 Pathology* 5
PTA 108 Human Growth and Development* 2
PTA 121 PTA Procedures II–Gait Assessment* 4
PTA 125 PTA Procedures VI–Tests and Measures* 4

First Year Spring Quarter:
PTA 103 Documentation for the PTA* 2
PTA 110 Orthopedic Conditions* 2
PTA 123 PTA Procedures IV–Physical Agents* 4
PTA 126 PTA Procedures VII–Therapeutic Exercise* 2
PTA 151 Clinical Experience I* 4

First Year Summer Quarter:
PTA 105 Current PT Trends & Issues* 2
PTA 111 Neuroscience for the PTA* 2
PTA 122 PTA Procedures III–Orthopedics* 6

Second Year Fall Quarter:
PTA 104 Ethics and Administration* 2
PTA 124 PTA Procedures V–Neuromuscular* 6.5
PTA 127 PTA Procedures VIII–Functional Rehab* 4
PTA 152 Clinical Experience II* 4

Second Year Winter Quarter:
PTA 251 Clinical Affiliation I* 7
PTA 252 Clinical Affiliation II* 7
Total Credits Required 111.5 or 118.5

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog