Important update regarding PTA online/hybrid program lab locations 

(April 6, 2017)

Pierce College and Whatcom Community College (WCC) have partnered over the last seven years to provide access to Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program labs in Pierce County as part of an online/hybrid PTA program offered through WCC. The current model, with online didactic and one weekend per month on-campus lab instruction, has been very successful and will now be reorganized while Pierce College pursues offering a new PTA program to provide more direct access to Pierce County-based students to this in-demand career field. 

During this reorganization period, Pierce College and WCC will continue to work together to service students in the current South Satellite PTA cohorts (2015-17, 2016-18 and 2017-19). Students starting this spring (April 2017) will be the last cohort with divided lab options between the two campuses (Pierce and Whatcom). WCC will continue to offer the online/hybrid PTA program on its normal schedule with all lab courses held on the WCC campus in Bellingham, WA beginning with students applying fall 2017 and starting spring 2018. The new Pierce College PTA program is expected to begin admitting students one year from State and National accrediting approval processes with a proposed start date of winter 2019.

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.

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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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.



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:


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