Quick Facts

When embarking on a new program of study, questions will inevitably arise. That’s why we’ve created the Quick Facts. The Quick Facts is a reference tool that gives students information on being successful in the PTA program, the program’s pass rates, the number of students who apply and the graduation rate.

The PTA program is an academically rigorous program. An average quarter involves 18–20 hours in the classroom. Students will require significant study time beyond the classroom to succeed in the program. Students are strongly encouraged to limit outside obligations and plan to work no more than 20 hours per week.

PTAs are generally energetic, active individuals who are interested in people. The minimum standards for students are detailed in the Essential Functions for the PTA Student. Students must be able to meet these standards safely and efficiently (with reasonable accommodation if needed). The essential functions cover the areas of motor, sensory, behavioral, communication and critical thinking skills.

Students with disabilities are expected to perform all the essential functions of the program with or without reasonable accommodation. The PTA Program will work with the student and the campus disability office to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations. While every effort will be made to accommodate disability-related needs, it is important to note we are not required to provide accommodations that fundamentally alter the essential functions or technical standards of the program.

For the classes of 2001 – 2007 the passing rate for first time takers has been 100 percent. It should be noted that licensure was not required by Washington State until July 2008, so not all students sat for the examination.

Class # Taking Exam First time pass Overall pass rate¹
2012 29 26 96%
2013 29 25 100%
2014 31 28 90.32%
2015 24 22 100%
2016 23 22 100%

¹Total percent ultimately passing as of 11/25/2014.
Class # of Applicants # Admitted¹ # Starting 2
2010 87 37 32
2011 96 40 32
2012 87 42 33
2013 91 43 32
2014 87 35 32
2015 82 36 34

Number of students offered admission regardless of acceptance
Number of students
accepting admission offer
Class # Admitted #Graduation on time # Graduating in 3 years Graduation rate¹
2012 31 27 0 87%
2013 33 28 1 88%
2014 32 31 0 97%
2015 32 24 0 75%
2016 32 23 0 72%

About 50% of attrition is due to personal issues (relocation, illness, family responsibility, etc)
and 50% for academics.

Green River’s Physical Therapist Assistant program offers you the opportunity to do the following:

  • Receive hands-on clinical experience in a variety of settings
  • Develop an ongoing collaborative relationship with faculty and fellow students
  • Enhance your personal leadership and group interaction skills
  • Become skilled in an exciting and rewarding health care occupation
  • Receive an Associate in Applied Science degree for Physical Therapist Assistant that is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association
  • In addition to paying the usual tuition and fees charged at Green River, the student is also required to purchase liability insurance and personal health insurance. The student is expected to provide his/her own transportation to clinical off-site facilities.

PTAs are employed in a wide variety of settings including hospitals and rehabilitation facilities; outpatient clinics and offices; skilled nursing, extended care or convalescent facilities; home health agencies; hospices; schools and other pediatric facilities; sports therapy clinics and athletic facilities.

The demand for physical therapist assistants is strong in the Puget Sound area and nationwide. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 44 percent increase in the need for PTAs this decade. In the Seattle-Tacoma area the average pay range is $18-24 per hour, plus benefits.

All of Green River’s PTA program graduates who have sought employment in physical therapy have been employed. Many students have obtained jobs prior to graduation.

On average, 90% to 100% of program graduates are consistently employed within 6 months of passing the licensure examination. This has been true since 2008 when licensure was first required in Washington State. Many students have job offers prior to graduation.

Class Employment Rate within 1 year following graduation Method of Determination
2015 100% Social Media Closed Page
2014 97% Graduate Survey/Social Media Closed Page
2013 82% Graduate Survey/Social Media Closed Page