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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.


The Olympic College PTA program now requires students to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) as part of the application process.  Students can now register for the test online and take the test at the Olympic College Testing Center in Bremerton.    Refer to the menu tab on TEAS Testing Information for specific instructions on how to register for the test and schedule an appointment.  Information on the TEAS test can be found at atitesting.com and information on the Olympic College Testing Center can be found at TestingCenter@olympic.edu .

Information Sessions for prospective students will be offered at the following dates/times:
              Monday - May 18th - 12:30 - Poulsbo Campus - OCP 004
              Monday - June 15th- 12:00 - Poulsbo Campus - OCP 004

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.

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  • A.A.S. graduates of the PTA program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure. Students are encouraged to review the requirements at the Washington State Department of Health website.
  • Assistance in applying for, fee payment, and taking the examination is overseen by the Washington State Department of Health. More information can be found at the Washington State Department of Health website.
  • License must be renewed annually. Renewal requires a fee payment, proof of the Continuing Education requirements and a minimum of employment hours that must be met. Updated information is located at the Washington State Department of Health website.
  • A.A.S. graduates are prepared for employment as Physical Therapist Assistants (PTA) in home health care, hospitals, long-term care, schools and out-patient practices.
  • Students are encouraged to research information about this career option and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
  • State Law governing practice acts may be reviewed at the Washington State Legislature website.

  • The Evergreen State College

Year of Graduation # of Graduates Licensure Exam Passing Rate %of Graduates Employed Within 6 Months
2008 16 94% 94%
2009 15 100% 93%
2010 No graduates due to curriculum revision
2011 19 100% 100%
2012 14 100% 100%
2013 20 95% 95%
2014 17 100% 100%