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Physical Therapy

Photo of physical therapy patientHelp patients get moving again.

Physical therapists (PTs) work with patients to help improve or restore mobility; they also work to prevent the loss of mobility by helping their patients to develop healthy, active, wellness-centered behaviors. PTs work in a variety of settings, including: hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

Contact: Katie Gulliford, Faculty Advisor in Physical Therapy.

Program Description

Physical Therapy programs are graduate level programs, requiring a bachelor's degree in order to apply. TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year pre-physical therapy program (college level courses) as well as courses to develop skills needed for college level courses.

The following local schools have programs in Physical Therapy:

  • University of Washington
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Eastern Washington University

Degree Options: Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree (Option A)

Program Planning

High School Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Students should gain exposure to the physical therapy profession through experience working, volunteering, or observing in physical therapy settings (acute care institutions, rehabilitation centers, pediatric centers, residential facilities, nursing homes, schools, orthopedic outpatient clinics).

Recommended Class Schedules: Based on the individual transfer requirements for each of the 4-year institutions, we suggest specific class schedules. See Recommended class schedules.

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