Physical Therapist Assistant
A physical therapist assistant (PTA) works under the guidance and supervision of a physical therapist. A PTA helps the physical therapist provide treatments, which may include training patients in exercises and activities of daily living, giving hands-on treatments, using special equipment and reporting patient progress to the physical therapist.
The PTA degree contains prerequisite courses including study in anatomy and physiology, general education/related instruction requirements such as English, math and social science, and the PTA core of physical therapy application courses and practical clinical experience. PTA core courses must be taken in sequence.
Yakima Valley College and Whatcom Community College has partnered to offer the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. The PTA Program allows students to complete the prerequisites at YVC and then apply to WCC for admission into the PTA Program.
Physical Therapist Assistant, AS
The Physical Therapist Assistant degree prepares students to work with adult, geriatric and/or pediatric populations in general hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities and school districts. Graduates are eligible for licensure or certification in any state as a physical therapist assistant. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Prerequisite Courses Taken at YVC
|AH 119||Medical Terminology||5|
|BA 115||Business Math||5|
|or||MATH& 107 Math in Society|
|BIOL 109||General Biology||5|
|BIOL 230||Anatomy & Physiology I||5|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|PSYC& 100||General Psychology||5|
Highly Recommended Courses –Select 1
|CMST& 101||Introduction to Communications||5|
|CMST& 210||Interpersonal Communications||5|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
The PTA Program prepares students to work in a variety of settings including:
- Outpatient clinics
- Health clubs
- Rehabilitation facilities
- Schools and other pediatric facilities
- Sports medicine clinics
- Private practice
- Home health care agencies
- Extended care facilities
- Retirement communities
For more information
Questions about the PTA program and Whatcom Community College courses?
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