Physical therapist assistants fulfill an important role in preventive and rehabilitative patient care

The mission of Whatcom's physical therapist assistant (PTA) program is to graduate skilled technical health care professionals who are capable of carrying out treatment programs under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Curriculum design is oriented to develop skills as well as comprehension of underlying theory, both of which are essential to competent practice.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Whatcom Community 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:; website:

Important update regarding PTA online/hybrid program lab locations 

(August 4, 2017)

Earlier this year, it was communicated that Pierce College was pursuing the option to offer a stand-alone Physical Therapist Assistant program; however, Pierce was not able to move forward with that program. In order to serve students, Whatcom Community College has agreed to continue offering its online-hybrid model with a lab option at Pierce College. This will be in effect for the November 2017 application deadline for the cohort starting April 2018.

Two WCC physical therapist assistant graduates named Siemens Technical Scholars

(March 1, 2017)

Two Whatcom Community College physical therapist assistant (PTA) graduates have been named 2017 Siemens Technical Scholars by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program (CEP) and the Siemens Foundation. Adam Fedewa and John (Dustin) Sloan were among 51 exceptional community college students selected from some of the nation's strongest community college programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Fedewa, who graduated December 2016, and Sloan, a December 2015 graduate who works at Performance PT in Bellingham, each will receive a $3,500 scholarship. The scholarships can be applied to continuing education or student loans.

Read the full press release here.

PTA student outcome data

Click here for information on number of applicants, number of graduates, licensing pass rates and employment. "Total applicants" refers to the number of applications received which had all application requirements satisfied on or before the application deadline.


  • Does the PTA program transfer to a baccalaureate institution?
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