The Olympic College Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares graduates for immediate employment in the rewarding field of physical therapy. Physical therapist assistants work in various health care settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, private outpatient practice, schools and home health. The program includes a balance of general education courses, physical therapy theory, practical instruction and clinical education. Here are just a few advantages of this unique program:

  • Enter the workforce at $57K per year
  • Complete the program within two years (six quarters)
  • Work in a clinical environment which usually means no weekends, nights or holidays

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    Prospective new students contact the Welcome Center for one-on-one help applying to Olympic College.

    You may also contact the Physical Therapist Assistant program directly. 

    Academic Program

    Academic Program

    This six-quarter program can be completed within two years and leads to an Associate in Applied Science (AAS): Physical Therapist Assistant degree. The program prepares you for the National Licensing Examination for Physical Therapist Assistants.

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    Apply for Admission

    Now Accepting Applications for 2023

    Take the first step toward becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant. Students admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program will complete certain prerequisite courses and follow specific steps to apply for entry.

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    Why Choose this Program?

    The Olympic College Physical Therapist Assistant program has high success rates of students who graduate from the program, pass licensing exams and quickly gain employment. Since 2011, 100% of students who completed the program were employed within the first year after graduation.

    Olympic College maintains annual statistics on program outcomes, including acceptance and graduation rates. Our low tuition rates mean you'll land a great job with little to no student debt. Learn how this successful program will benefit you.

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    Faculty Advisor

    Every student is assigned an advising team consisting of your Student Success Coach and Faculty Advisor. Your Faculty Advisor is determined once you decide on your specific academic program. The following professor is Faculty Advisor for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

    Academic Division

    The Physical Therapist Assistant program is part of the Math, Engineering, Sciences & Health Division (MESH). Visit the MESH Division webpage for more info, including support resources and services, and contact info for division staff and the dean. The MESH Division can connect you with:

    • Advising
    • Book lending and calculator rental
    • Tutoring
    • Support for first-generation and historically underserved populations