Average Annual Physical Therapist Assistant Salary in Hawaiʻi


  4303 Diamond Head Road Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

  Physical Therapist Assistant

  (808) 734-9000

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Program Director of Health Sciences:

  Bennett Zazzera


  (808) 734-9398

Tuition & Fees : $11,920
Trade Category : Healthcare
Program Type : Trade Program
Location : Hawai'i / O'ahu / Honolulu
Purpose of Program : Leads to Employment
Program Length : AS: 72 credits - 5 semesters

*Covid-19 Updates*

Check with the Health Sciences/ Emergency Medical counselors to see if there are any restrictions or changes due to Covid-19. You can email them with any questions.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program offered at Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) leads to employment as a physical therapist assistant. By completing the physical therapist assistant course, you will earn an Associate of Science degree. The AS degree 72-72 credits and will take about 5 semesters to complete.

Associate of Science

The Physical Therapist Assistant program takes about 5 semester to complete the 72-73 credit program. Students will learn about rehabilitation by taking courses such as anatomy, kinesiology, and electrotherapy. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national exam to get licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).

Admissions Process

There are several steps to the Physical Therapist Assistant admissions process and you can begin some of the steps before the next application period begins.

  1. Attend Mandatory Information Session
    • All sessions will be held on Zoom due to Covid-19.

  2. Seek Advising with Health Careers Counselors
    • In-person counseling is currently suspended. Phone or Zoom appointments can be scheduled by calling the Health Careers Counseling Center at (808) 734-9224 or emailing them at hlthsci@hawaii.edu.

  3. Take the ACCUPLACER WriterPlacer Placement Test
    • You must receive a score of 5 or higher or qualification of ENG 100.

  4. Apply to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program


Graduates of the phlebotomy are eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy examination. After passing the exam, you can get your Physical Therapist Assistant license in Hawaiʻi.


The Phlebotomy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Kapi‘olani Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) which is a regional accrediting commission. The ACCJC is accredited by both the USDE and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


The tuition for the Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science degree is listed on the KCC website as $8,252 for local residents. However, the breakdown only includes the 42 credits of the physical therapist assistant courses. It doesn't include the additional 28 credits of prerequisite courses that are required. Here is the approximate total for tuition and fees with 70 credits for three different resident statuses:

  • Resident Tuition: $11,920

  • Non-Resident Tuition: $26,900

  • Non-Resident Pacific Isle Exemption Tuition: $16,590

The following is a breakdown of the tuition and fees associated with the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Some of the costs are estimates, such as the cost of textbooks, and can vary based on courses taken. Fees are also subject to change by Kapi‘olani Community College.

Financial Aid

The Physical Therapist Assistant program qualifies for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Also visit KCC's financial aid page for more information.


Information about scholarships and grants can be found here.

Veteran Education & Training Benefits

Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) is a GI Bill® approved school and has 447 GI Bill® students. KCC takes part in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Principles of Excellence Program. KCC is an approved education institution under the Veterans Education Assistance Act (GI Bill®), the Veterans Readjustment Act, and the Dependent’s Educational Act.

For more information, visit KCC's Veteran & Military Resource page or the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits page.

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