Pierce College students are now able to take advantage of a course in an exciting new career field. Thanks to a partnership with Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, students will be able to take an online course to receive certification in becoming a physical therapist assistant.
“We are proud to be able to offer this course to Pierce College students.” Lisa Murray, science and technology faculty advisor at Pierce College Ft. Steilacoom said.
She expects a sizable enrollment in the program, with potential students applying from all around the country.
Students who take the program through Pierce College must also be simultaneously admitted to Whatcom Community College. Both colleges administer the program online.
While the program is online, all students, regardless of which college they are registered or located at, must travel to the WCC campus in Bellingham once a month for required labs.
PTAs work under the direction of a licensed physical therapist.
The PTA assists the therapist in duties such as bathing and massaging patients, as well as aiding in patients’ exercises. PTAs also handle clerical duties, such as recording patients’ progress.
A report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that PTAs earned an average $46,300 annual salary in 2008.
In an official press release, Murray said that PTAs generally have flexible work schedules.
The program run by Pierce and WCC starts in March and lasts for nine quarters.
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