Physical Therapist Assistant Program Receives "Seal of Approval" for 10 years

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The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Washington State Community College (WSCC) recently received its Accreditation Reaffirmation from CAPTE – the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education – which accredits the program for the next 10 years.

“CAPTE’s accreditation is the official ‘seal of approval’ for the program. It is a validation that our curriculum and our faculty are meeting the high standards of the physical therapy profession,” comments Dixie Vaughan, WSCC dean of health sciences.

The PTA program began at Washington State Community College in 1997, with its first graduating class in 1999. “The program has maintained a steady flow of applicants since it began, however the number of applicants has significantly increased in the past three years,” notes Kim Salyers, director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Each year, eligible students apply for the program – with only twenty available slots, the selection process has become competitive. “Pass rates are very good for PTA graduates, with 94 percent of the graduating class passing in 2011 and 2010,” says Salyers. Numbers are still pending for the current graduating class, but the past three years’ average pass rate is 91.5 percent.


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