Physical Therapist Assistant

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee 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

2020-21 Curriculum

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



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ 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.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

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


Ultimate Pass Rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam

2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%

First Time Pass Rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam

2019 100%
2018 93.8%
2017 89.5%

Graduation Rate

2019 94.7%
2018 94.4%
2017 94.4%

Employment rate

2018 81%
2017 88%
2016 100%

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

HP-A2 HESI Pre-admission exam required.

The following are also required for admission to the program:

  • One year of high school-level algebra, biology and chemistry or physics
  • Good health as evidenced by a medical examination
  • Documentation of proper immunizations
  • Documentation that the Essential Job Functions have been reviewed, in keeping with the requirements of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Documentation of compliance with Wisconsin's Caregiver Law

Required Natural Science course, NATSCI-177 (or equivalent courses NATSCI 201 & 202) must be completed with a grade of B- or better.   


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The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE),
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Telephone: 800-999-2782 or 703-684-2782
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Healthcare Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, H Building, Room H116
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/24/2020