Spring 2013


Fall (application due winter quarter prior)

Degrees and Certificates

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Tuition and Fees

Additional Costs

Misc. Fees*$542
* Estimate for length of program. Misc fee includes: CPR for health professionals, drug testing, liability & medical insurance.

Program Description

SFCC offers a two-year program which includes study in anatomy and physiology, social science, technical physical therapy courses and practical clinical experience in area health care facilities affiliated with the college. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The technical courses for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program are not designed to transfer to four-year schools.

Physical therapist assistants duties include: a) designing exercise programs and treatments that are within the plan of care proposed by the physical therapist b) training patients to use special equipment that will make life easier; c) applying equipment such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound which decrease pain and increase functions; and d) keeping records and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient's progress.

Physical therapist assistants work with all ages and are employed in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, pediatric facilities or school systems, private physical therapy clinics, home health care agencies, and extended care facilities. A national licensing examination is required for most states in order to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Admission Requirements:

The PTA program incorporates a selective process for admission. This process uses a point system based on coursework and experience as outlined in the application. Please be aware that the completion of all prerequisites does not ensure admission to the program. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation from the physical therapist assistant program, the student will be prepared to:

  1. Sit for the Physical Therapist Assistant National Licensure Exam.
  2. Perform physical therapy in a variety of patient care settings under the supervision of a physical therapist (PT).
  3. Obtain employment as a health care professional.
  4. Demonstrate professional behaviors including responsibility, compassion, respect, effective communication and ethical standards.

Career Opportunities

Nationally, job placement of PTA graduates is excellent. The physical therapist assistant profession is rated by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics as one of the fastest growing professions through 2021. Starting salaries vary in range, but start at approximately $19-$27 per hour. Licensure is required in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.


Offered at Locations:  Spokane Falls Community College


-  BIOL&241 Human A & P 1 1
ENGL&101English Composition I 25
MATH 094Algebra II 25
PSYC&100General Psychology 25

First Quarter

PTA  101Introduction to Physical Therapy 3
PTA  102Physical Therapy Terminology 1
PTA  106Regional Human Anatomy and Physiology 5
PTA  110PTA Procedures I: Basic PT Procedures 7

Second Quarter

PTA  103Applied Anatomy 6
PTA  104Survey of Pathophysiology 5
PTA  105Introduction to Neuroscience 4

Third Quarter

PTA  111PTA Procedures II: PT Modalities 7
PTA  112PTA Procedures III: Functional Restoration 7
PTA  151Clinical Experience I 2

Fourth Quarter

PTA  202Introduction to Orthopedics 3
PTA  210PTA Procedures IV: Therapeutic Exercise 7
PTA  212PTA Procedures VI 4
PTA  251Clinical Experience II 1
PTA  254Clinical Seminar II 1

Fifth Quarter

PTA  201Issues in Physical Therapy and Health Care 2
PTA  211PTA Procedures V: Rehabilitation Applications 7
PTA  252Clinical Experience III 3
PTA  255Clinical Seminar III 1

Sixth Quarter

PTA  253PTA Clinical Affiliation 12
103 credits are required for the AAS
1Must have been taken within the last five years and completed with a 2.0 grade or better. Coursework older than five years will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Even though BIOL& 160 is not a prerequisite for BIOL& 241 for PTA students, it is recommended. You must contact Loren Pemberton in the counseling center at (509) 533-3503 ( in order to waive BIOL& 160 as a prerequisite for BIOL& 241.
2Admission preference is given to students who complete these courses prior to entry into the program. May be substituted with approval of program chair. Credits may be taken during summer between first and second year. Credits from these courses are included in the total credits for degree.
3MATH 092 or MATH 096 may be substituted for MATH 094. The COMPASS test must be taken to determine eligibility.

Disclaimer: The college cannot guarantee courses will be offered in the quarters indicated. During the period this guide is in circulation, there may be curriculum revisions and program changes. Students are responsible for consulting the appropriate academic unit or adviser for more current and specific information. the information in this guide is subject to change and does not constitute an agreement between the college and the student.