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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapist assistant instructor and student using exercise ball in PTA lab.

Olympic College offers a two year curriculum designed to prepare graduates for employment as Physical Therapist Assistants. The program offers a balance of general education courses, physical therapy theory, practical instruction and clinical education.

  • Enter the workforce at $56K per year
  • Complete the program in 2 years
  • Work in a clinical environment which usually means no weekends, nights or holidays

Information Session Dates

Information Sessions for prospective students will be offered at the following dates/times:

Wednesday, May 17th - 3:30 p.m. - Bremerton Campus - HSS 112

Wednesday, June 7th - 1:00 p.m. - Poulsbo Campus - OCP 004

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Olympic College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org

Program complaints should be directed to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director:
Lynn Bartlett, MPT
1600 Chester Ave.
Bremerton, WA, 98337

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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% 100%
2009 15 100% 100%
2010 No graduates due to curriculum revision
2011 19 100% 100%
2012 14 100% 100%
2013 20 95% 100%
2014 17 100% 100%
2015 23 96% 96%
2016 17 100% 100%