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Physical Therapist Assistant

If you want to work in health care and enjoy helping people of all ages, a career as a physical therapist assistant could be for you.

This accredited program prepares you to work under physical therapists to help patients reduce pain, regain motion and prevent disability after an injury or illness. You’ll study anatomy, physiology and social science. You’ll also learn the special techniques, equipment and exercises used to treat patients. The program includes a clinical experience in a local health care setting, where you will practice your skills with real patients.

Whether you want to work in a hospital, rehabilitation center, school, physical therapy clinic or other health care agency, this program will prepare you for a rewarding career in physical therapy.

Each quarter we hold an informational meeting for prospective students. If you are considering this program, please join us to learn more about the program and the application process, and to get your questions answered. Contact program coordinator Rita.Hansard@sfcc.spokane.edu for the Zoom link. Our next meeting is:

Wednesday, February 16, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

To find if this is the right career for you, please contact:

Māpuana Carey, Allied Health Curriculum Advisor 
509-533-3288
mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu


For questions regarding transferability of previous college credits, please contact

Laura Woods
509-533-3530
laura.woods@sfcc.spokane.edu
 


Program Mission

The Spokane Falls Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program and faculty are committed to developing lifelong learning through excellence in educational and clinical experiences to enable the student to possess skills necessary for successful employment within varied scope of physical therapy practice. The program will strive to admit and graduate students who demonstrate professional behaviors which includes effective communication, commitment to learning, critical thinking, responsibility and therapeutic presence and who will provide physical therapy services ethically within the standards of practice under the guidance and supervision of physical therapists.

Please contact the PTA Program Director for any Concerns regarding the program: Renee.Compton@sfcc.spokane.edu or 509-279-6245.

Code 668.43 (a)(5)(v):
The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education based on the following: Accreditation of a Physical therapist assistant program by CAPTE satisfies state education requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, please refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website @ www.fsbpt.org.

1. Performs in a safe manner that minimizes the risk to patient, self, and others.
2. Demonstrates expected clinical behaviors in a professional manner in all situations.
3. Performs in a manner consistent with established legal standards, standards of the profession, and ethical guidelines.
4. Adapts delivery of physical therapy services with consideration for patients’ differences, values, preferences, and needs.
5. Communicates in ways that are congruent with situational needs.
6. Participates in self-assessment and develops plans to improve knowledge, skills, and behaviors.
7. Demonstrates clinical problem solving.
8. Performs selected therapeutic exercises and associated data collection in a competent manner.
9. Applies selected manual therapy, airway clearance, and integumentary repair and protection techniques, and performs associated data collection in a competent manner.
10. Applies selected physical agents and mechanical modalities and performs associated data collection in a competent manner
11. Applies selected electrotherapeutic modalities, and performs associated data collection in a competent manner.
12. Performs functional training in self-care and home management, applies and adjust devices and equipment, and performs associated data collection in a competent manner.
13. Produces quality documentation in a timely manner to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
14. Participates in the efficient delivery of physical therapy services.

 “Adapted from http://www.apta.org/PTACPI, with permission of the American Physical Therapy Association.  Copyright ©2008 American Physical Therapy Association.  All rights reserved.”

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 103

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PTA 101
Introduction to Physical Therapy
3
PTA 102
Physical Therapy Terminology
1
PTA 106
Regional Human Anatomy and Physiology
5
PTA 110
PTA Procedures I: Basic PT Procedures Seminar
3
PTA 170
PTA Procedures I: Basic PT Procedures Lab
4
Total Credits
 
16
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PTA 103
Applied Anatomy
3
PTA 104
Survey of Pathophysiology
5
PTA 105
Introduction to Neuroscience
4
PTA 107
Physical Therapy Documentation
1
PTA 173
Applied Anatomy Lab
3
Total Credits
 
16
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PTA 111
PTA Procedures II: PT Modalities Seminar
3
PTA 112
PTA Procedures III: Functional Restoration Seminar
3
PTA 151
Clinical Experience I
1
PTA 171
PTA Procedures II: PT Modalities Lab
4
PTA 172
PTA Procedures III: Functional Restoration Lab
4
Total Credits
 
15
 

Summer

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
MATH 94
Algebra II
5
Choose 1 course from:
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
PSYC& 220
Abnormal Psychology
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PTA 202
Introduction to Orthopedics
3
PTA 210
PTA Procedures IV: Therapeutic Exercise Seminar
3
PTA 212
PTA Procedures VI: Pediatric Rehab Seminar
1
PTA 251
Clinical Experience II
1
PTA 254
Clinical Seminar II
1
PTA 270
PTA Procedures IV: Therapeutic Exercise Lab
4
PTA 272
PTA Procedures VI: Pediatric Rehab Lab
2
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PTA 201
Issues in Physical Therapy and Health Care
2
PTA 203
Physical Therapy Preparatory Lab
1
PTA 211
PTA Procedures V: Rehab Applications Seminar
3
PTA 252
Clinical Experience III
3
PTA 255
Clinical Seminar III
1
PTA 271
PTA Procedures V: Rehab Applications Lab
4
Total Credits
 
14
 

Seventh Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PTA 253
PTA Clinical Affiliation
12
Total Credits
 
12
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.

For an up-to-date list of all classes that satisfy the requirements for your degree or certificate, click here, then select the specific degree or certificate you are pursuing.

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    10,019
  • Non-Resident

    $
    12,469
  • International

    $
    22,781
  • Max. Books

    $
    942
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
    2,838
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,745

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Mapuana Carey
    Mapuana Carey
    Curriculum Advisor
    mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3288

  • Leann Anzalone
    Leann Anzalone
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    leann.anzalone@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6227
  • Chris Beadle
    Chris Beadle
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    chris.beadle@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6227
  • Lance Best
    Lance Best
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    lance.best@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6242
  • Cynthia Cobbs
    Cynthia Cobbs
    Administrative Assistant 3
    cynthia.cobbs@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6073
  • Renee Compton
    Renee Compton
    Physical Therapist Asst
    A.A.S., Yakima Valley Community College; A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.Ed., Gonzaga University; M.S.Ed., St. Joseph's College of Maine
    renee.compton@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6245
  • Jennifer Denn
    Jennifer Denn
    Coordinator I
    jennifer.denn@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6242
  • Susan Gray
    Susan Gray
    Coordinator I
    susan.gray@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6242
  • Megan Guthrie-Martinez
    Megan Guthrie-Martinez
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    m.guthrie-martinez@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6094
  • Thea Maristuen-Borg
    Thea Maristuen-Borg
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    thea.maristuen-borg@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6227
  • Dana McPhee
    Dana McPhee
    Physical Therapist Asst
    B.S., Gonzaga University; M.S., Pacific University
    dana.mcphee@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6224
  • Donelle Odren
    Donelle Odren
    Physical Therapist Asst
    B.S., Eastern Washington University; DPT, Rocky Mountain University; B.A., Whitworth College
    donelle.odren@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6249
  • Amy Sanderson
    Amy Sanderson
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    amy.sanderson@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6227
  • Megan Slayton
    Megan Slayton
    Adjunct Academic Employee
    megan.slayton@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-279-6227

Spokane Falls Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Spokane Falls Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Address: 3030 Potomac Ave., Suit 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
Phone: 703-706-3245
email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: www.capteonline.org


If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call the Program Director at 509-279-6245 or e-mail renee.compton@sfcc.spokane.edu

Date of Initial Accreditation: May 1997
Accredited: November 2, 2021 - November 2, 2031

Please see Student Learning Outcomes listed here

Student Outcomes

Year of Graduation

2018 2019 2020 2019-2020 (2-year average) 2021

Number of Applications Received

81 69 62   62

Number of Students Matriculated (1)

24 15 24   14

Graduation Rate 

91.3% 93.8% 100% 97.5% 92.3%

First time Licensure Exam Pass Rate (2)

95.2% (100% ultimate) 100% 100% 100% 100%

Percent of Graduates Employed Within 1 Year

100% 100% 100% 100% N/A
  1. Applicants who were offered a place in the class who enrolled and began the program.

  2. Pass rate is based on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy data.

  3. Graduate survey data.

Employment

Employment Opportunities

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Spokane Falls Community College engages in continuous and systematic evaluation and improvement. We welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas, and constructive criticism as part of that process. The Grievance/Due Process policies (PTA program Student Handbook, Community Colleges of Spokane website https://ccs.spokane.edu/About-Us/Public-Disclosures/Right-to-Know and https://ccs.spokane.edu/About-Us/Leadership/Board-of-Trustees/Policies-Procedures/Chapter2 ) provide a voice for current and prospective students, employees, and other affiliated persons. However, individuals in the community who do not have a formal affiliation with this institution or program are also welcome to provide comments according to the following policy:

  1. This process is only for comments or concerns that cannot be addressed by existing grievance/due process procedures described in the above links or the PTA Program Student Handbook.
  2. Comments must be provided in writing and signed by the author. Anonymous submissions will not be acknowledged, nor will written comments provided on behalf of an anonymous source.
  3. Comments must be submitted to the following address:
    PTA Program Director
    Spokane Falls Community College
    2917 W Whistalks Way, MS 3029
    Spokane, WA 99224-5202
    Email renee.compton@sfcc.spokane.edu
    The complainant has the right to be free from retaliation following complaint submission.
  4. The PTA Program Director shall respond to all comments within seven (7) business days to further determine if the complaint needs to be handled by administration or can be resolved at the program level. If satisfactory resolution is not or cannot be reached, appeal may be made to the Dean of Business, Professional Studies and Workforce Education within seven (7) business days. Again, if satisfactory resolution is not or cannot be reached, appeal may be made to the Office of the President within seven (7) business days. The decision of the President will be final and not subject to further appeal. Neither the Dean nor the President will become involved until all attempts to resolve the issue with the Program Director have been exhausted, unless the comment is directly related to the performance of the Program Director.
  5. Records of all correspondence will be confidentially maintained by the Program Dean's Office for five (5) years. These records are not open to the public.

Complaints regarding accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org

Clinical education experiences play an important role in physical therapy education. Through clinical experiences, students are given the opportunity to develop and refine skills learned in the classroom by giving actual patient care in the clinic under structured supervision. For more information, see the Clinical Instructor Handbook.

Pre-requisites: BIOL 241
Number of students each start: 16 or 24; alternates every year.
Contact: mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu​
Applications deadline: April 8, 2022
Notes: Information booklet and application booklet (must download and print)


Admission Requirements

  • Apply for admission to SFCC.

  • Prior to application to the program, complete one quarter anatomy and physiology lab course (BIOL 241 or equivalent), completed within the last five years with a 2.0 grade or better. Also, even though BIOL& 160 is not a prerequisite for BIOL& 241 for PTA students, it is recommended. (May be waived by counseling center or program director.)

  • Complete the physical therapist assistant program application booklet, also available at the SFCC counseling center. Applications are due by the deadline noted in the program application booklet.

Admission Recommendations

Since the selection process is based on points (please see the application), it is beneficial to meet the admission recommendations prior to applying to the program. 

  • Appropriate placement test scores for English and math (unless you already have received a 2.0 in a college level English and Math course). If you have not taken college level math, after receiving your Student Identification Number (SID), call to schedule your placement exam at the SFCC testing center at 509-533-3401

  • General Psychology (PSYC 100)

  • At least 40 hours of experience in a physical therapy setting
  • Documentation of either paid work or volunteer experience in a medical setting (preferably at least 40 hrs in a physical therapy setting)

Upon Admission

  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores for students where English is their second language (contact the program for acceptable scores). Please refer to www.ets.org/toefl for more information. 

  • Each successful PTA applicant may be required to complete a background check, drug testing and submit proof of immunization. Clinical facilities may deny access to a student for any of the following: 

    • Lack of current immunizations required by the site

    • A "discrepancy" on the criminal background check

    • A positive drug test

While entrance to the PTA Program may not be denied because of such a rating, without access to the clinical facilities a student may not be able to satisfactorily complete the PTA program and will be so advised. 

Essential requirements needed for the profession which include communication skills, cognitive demands, physical skills and behavioral, social and professional skills are discussed in greater detail in the program information booklet.

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.

Interested PTA program applicants do not need to take BIOL 160 (Biology) as a prerequisite for BIOL 241 (Anatomy and Physiology). With questions regarding this prerequisite please contact Laura Woods at 509-533-3530 or Laura.Woods@sfcc.spokane.edu.

The technical courses for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program are not designed to transfer to four-year schools.

A national licensing examination is required for most states in order to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Information Packet
PTA Application

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Renée Compton

Program Director
renee.compton@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-279-6245
 

Laura Woods

Counselor
laura.woods@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3530
 

Māpuana Carey

Curriculum Advisor
mapuana.carey@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3502
Building 19, Office 106