PTA Application Form


Becoming a physical therapist assistant requires the completion of an education program that is both intellectually and physically challenging. Each candidate in this Associate in Applied Science degree program should possess the following abilities and skills. The ability to meet these standards with or without reasonable accommodation does not guarantee employment upon graduation.

  1. Demonstrate the ability to effectively articulate and interpret information to patients, family members, other health care professionals and third party payers as appropriate.
  2. Recognize, interpret, and respond appropriately to the nonverbal behavior of self and others.
  3. Demonstrate visual acuity and auditory ability to assess the condition of a patient and administer effective patient care in an efficient and professional manner.
  4. Demonstrate manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills and physical ability to perform functions as directed by the physical therapist and following skills outlined in section three of the Evaluative Criteria for the Accreditation of Physical Therapist Assistant Education Programs (see Program Director for more information).
  5. Work in stressful situations that require quick thinking, effective communication and the simultaneous coordination of a variety of activities.
  6. Demonstrate physical ability and communication skills to respond clearly and professionally to peers, patients, family members, including unexpected changes in the patient's status.
  7. Demonstrate the physical ability to assist patients in ambulating, positioning in bed and transferring from the bed/mat, wheelchair, car, or other appropriate surfaces.
  8. Demonstrate proper body mechanics for lifting. Lift objects more than 100 pounds with assistance with frequent lifting and /or carrying objects weighing 50 pounds or more.
  9. Maintain personal cleanl iness and hygiene.
  10. Tolerate prolonged standing, stooping, squatting, bending, pushing and pulling.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to effectively and efficiently read, write, understand and speak (to diverse audiences) English.
  12. Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills with internal and external customers.
  13. Obtain all relevant vaccinations and medical testing/training in accordance with GRC and clinical requirements, including but not limited to immunizations, (flu, COVID-19), TB testing, drug testing , CPR training. Graduates who are unable to perform these functions, with or without reasonable accommodations, may be unsafe and unsuccessful as a GRC PTA program student. Please sign below and return it with the application packet. It is a required part of a complete application packet. I understand the essential functions.

I verify that this application packet for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accurate and is complete to the best of my knowledge. I at this moment authorize Green River College to perform criminal background checks, maintain the record(s) until I graduate or withdraw from the program, and share the information as requested by clinical sites. Any questionable things in my past can prevent me from completing clinical and therefore, without clinical I cannot complete this program. I understand that I may request a reasonable accommodation to meet the standards.

I acknowledge that additional documentation may be required for PTA Program students to participate in clinical, which is required for completion of the PTA program. Documentation may include but is not limited to: • Tuberculosis screening, verification of required immunizations, and health insurance • Background Check, drug screen/test, and fingerprinting • Must be current Healthcare Provider BLS card certified by the American Heart Association• HIPAA Training (included in PTA coursework) and auto insurance.

Accommodations Candidates for the Physical Therapy are required to certify that these standards have been provided to them. Applicants who need accommodations to meet standards may request accommodations. Eligibility for accommodations is identified through the Disability Support Services office. Additional information about requesting accommodation is available at

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants must complete the following prerequisites. Applicants must have a minimum grade of a 2.0 in each prerequisite/co requisite.

Course Title Specific Information
Anatomy & Physiology   Anatomy and Physiology sequence such as AP 103/104
or BIO 241/242 or PTA program instructor permission
for similar courses such as KINES/MVTST, EXSCI with
lab or similar

Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed by the start of PTA program courses in fall quarter.
They may be in process or not yet completed at time of application. Admission decisions may not be
finalized until A & P courses are successfully completed.


Co-Requisite Courses

The following classes must be completed before graduation from the PTA program at GRC. They may be completed prior to the PTA program, or after admission to the program. Applicants must have a minimum grade of a 2.0 in each prerequisite/co-requisite.

  • College level English
  • College level speech/communications
  • College level math course

Download a fillable .pdf that can be sent and filled out online. Once it is filled out by both parties, simply upload it along with any other documents when completing the PTA application.

PTA Letter of Recommendation (Fillable .pdf)

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Science Center 127

Anna Neil

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education; Faculty
Science Center 128

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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