How to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Washington – WA
By Laura Wrede, allied health world contributing writer
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Washington is the most northwestern state in the US. Bordering on Canada. Washington is known for its beautiful forests, mountain ranges, and unspoiled coastal regions complete with a string of islands in the Puget Sound region. There are many varied lifestyles one can pursue when living in Washington--from the quaint coastal village life of Port Angeles to a busting metropolis of Seattle. Whatever your personal taste, Washington is able to satisfy.
Much of Washington’s population is concentrated in the larger areas of Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, and Bremerton. These areas will tend to offer better job opportunities to the Physical Therapist Assistant than in the more rural districts in the state, however.
Steps to Become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Pennsylvania
Step 1- Select a suitable Washington physical therapy assistant training program. After you have completed your schooling, you will need to go through the steps of exams and acquiring a state license.
Step 2- Apply to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTE). According to the Washington State Legislature Acts, there may be instances where the need to pass an exam may be waived. In these instances, it will be required that you contact the Washington state board of physical therapy in order to determine if the experience you have meets their conditions.
Step 3- Pay all associated costs required.
Step 4- Apply for and pass the state of Washington Jurisprudence exam. This will cover particular state health laws and regulations unique to Washington that will apply to your practice as a PTA.
Step 5- Fill out an application with the Washington State Department of Health for your state license.
Washington makes certain provisions for interim licensing that you may apply for in order to practice prior to passing the state exam. There are certain criteria you must follow in order to be considered for this interim permit.
Step 6- Complete the background check including the fingerprinting requirement. You will also need to have certain moral and character qualifications in order to be considered for a license as PTAs are held to the highest standards of personal character.
Step 7- Once you have completed all of the above requisites you are ready to pursue your career.
As a Physical Therapist Assistant, the starting salary in Washington will be approximately $59,000 a year (indeed.com).