Physical Therapist Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Healthcare
  • Program Code: 10-524-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: January

About the Physical Therapist Assistant Degree


Work with physical therapy patients in a hospital, rehabilitation center, school, clinic or other healthcare setting. Under the supervision of a physical therapist, duties include implementing treatment programs, teaching patients to perform exercises and daily living activities, and reporting the patient’s progress.

Employment is projected to grow due to increases in the geriatric population and the increased need for support personnel in this field.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: Attributes that will contribute to your success include strong oral and written communication skills, dependability, patience, empathy, and the ability to lift and transfer patients.

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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
BIOSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡
(or) BIOSCI-201 Anatomy & Physiology 1 ‡
 ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
PTASST-139 PTA Patient Interventions ‡ 4
PTASST-140 PTA Professional Issues 1 ‡ 2
PTASST-156 PTA Applied Kinesiology 1 ‡ 4
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG course
PTASST-142 PTA Therapeutic Exercise ‡ 3
PTASST-143 PTA Therapeutic Modalities ‡ 4
PTASST-145 PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation ‡ 4
PTASST-157 PTA Applied Kinesiology 2 ‡ 3
PTASST-144 PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation ‡ 4
PTASST-146 PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary
and Integumentary Conditions ‡
PTASST-147 PTA Clinical Practice 1 ‡ 2
PTASST-148 PTA Clinical Practice 2 ‡ 3
SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) Any 200-level HIST or SOCSCI course
MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
PTASST-149 PTA Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan ‡ 2
PTASST-150 PTA Professional Issues 2 ‡ 2
PTASST-151 PTA Clinical Practice 3 ‡ 5



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Search for available classes now (link) to see course descriptions, class times and locations.

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

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Important Dates

Fall start: Petition window is September (only one time a year)

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate clear and collaborative communication with patients, families, and healthcare team
  • Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect respect and sensitivity according to physical therapy practice standards
  • Function under the supervision of a physical therapist in a safe, legal, ethical manner to ensure the safety of patients, self, and others throughout the clinical interaction
  • Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to implement and modify treatment within a plan of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist
  • Perform data collection essential for carrying out the plan of care under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist
  • Perform technically competent, evidence-based physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist
  • Educate patients, families, and other health providers
  • Integrate components of operational and fiscal practices of physical therapy service in a variety of settings
  • Implement a self-directed plan for career development, credentialing, and lifelong learning


Two-year average: Ultimate Pass Rate on the National PTA Exam

2019-2020 100%
2018-2019 100%

First Time Pass Rate on the National PTA Exam

2020 100%
2019 100%
2018 93.8%

2 Year Average: Graduation Rate

2019-2020 91.5%
2018-2019 94%

2 Year Average: Employment Rate

2019-2020 95%
2018-2019 89%

Career Outlook

The need for physical therapist assistants is projected to grow due to increases in the geriatric population and the increased need for support personnel in all areas of healthcare. Wisconsin requires licensure before the physical therapist assistant may practice in this state. For additional career information, visit

Possible Careers

Physical Therapist Assistant
Rehabilitation Manager

Average Starting Salary - $44,398

Admission Requirements

This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

The following are also required for admission to the program: 

  • HP-A2 pre qualifying exam
  • B- or higher in the following courses: 
    • BIOSCI-177* or BIOSCI-201* and 202*
  • Fall start: Petition window is September (only one time a year)


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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at MATC 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;
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If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 1-262-238-2256 or email


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Last updated: 12/13/2021