PTA Application

Application Checklist

  • Complete all prerequisites with a minimum grade of 2.5
  • Complete a minimum of 20 or more hours of job shadowing in at least two different physical therapy settings. *It is strongly recommended applicants complete at least 20 hours in EACH of three different settings (outpatient, skilled nursing facility, hospital, rehab center, schools, etc.)
  • If you have taken courses or completed a degree at a different institution, send your official transcripts to enrollment services and fill out a Transcript Evaluation Request form. (If you do not fill out this form, your transcript will not be evaluated). Students with international transcripts need to first evaluate their transcript through a third party evaluator (check for a list of approved accreditors)
  • Essay (see application for prompt)
  • Resume
  • Activate your Green River email address and check once a week. Note: All admission decisions will be sent to your Green River email address.

Application Process

PTA program admission requirements and the application process are subject to change from year to year. If you are planning to apply for a later year, the packet will provide guidelines for the application process. The application packet is updated each fall for the following year and it is the applicant’s responsibility to be aware of current application requirements.

Students are selected for the program who have demonstrated academic competence and a familiarity with physical therapy including the essential functions of the physical therapist assistant student. The procedures used in selection, evaluation and retention do not discriminate and are consistent with the policies of Green River College.

Students who satisfy admissions requirements will be selected based on:

  • A college grade point average of 2.5 out of 4.0 with no prerequisite courses falling below a grade of 2.5.
  • Completed required supporting courses prerequisites. One course may be in progress but must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.5 by the end of summer quarter.
  • Documentation of at least 20 hours of job shadow or volunteer experience in physical therapy.
  • Be at least 18 years or older
  • Note: The typical successful applicant had a 3.0 or better in most prerequisite courses, a college GPA of near or above a 3.0, and substantial experience in physical therapy or a related field.

Experience Evaluation Example: points awarded for one category in each column

Minimum requirement: 20 hours in PT. May be met by:Additional PointsAdditional Points
Volunteer/job shadow  20 hours in a different PT setting (outpatient, skilled nursing, hospital, rehab center, school, etc. Not to include two different clinics of the same type)   Up to 60 additional hours volunteer job shadow in PT or
Employment in a PT clinic     Employment in PT or
Internship for another degree if minimum of 20 hours and supervised by a PT     Employment in a closely related field (massage, nursing assistant, athletic trainer, etc.)

Degrees & Certificates


Program Quick Links

2024 PTA Program Application

Contact & Location

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us at:

Accreditation Information

Physical Therapist Assistant program at Green River College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
telephone: 703-706-3245
If needing to contact the program/institution directly:
please call
 253-833-9111 ext. 4343 or email

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