School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105241


A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a technical healthcare worker who carries out patient treatments under the supervision of a physical therapist. 

The primary purpose of physical therapy is to promote optimal human health and function through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify assess, correct or alleviate acute or prolonged movement dysfunction.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Madison College will train you to:

  • Assist the physical therapist in the treatment of individuals of all ages with medical conditions limiting their ability to move or perform functional activities of daily living
  • Implement selected components of patient/client interventions (treatments)
  • Obtain data related to interventions provided
  • Modify selected interventions within the plan of care established by the physical therapist
  • Administer modalities and other interventions
  • Implement and progress therapeutic exercise programs
  • Document patient assessments and progress towards established goals
  • Communicate with other healthcare professionals

Please note that upon admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Further information about these requirements will be shared at program orientation.

Program Details

Physical Therapist Assistant program students must attend full time. 

Classes are offered Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Physical Therapist Assistant classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Students admitted onto the waitlist for the Spring 2017 term or prior should continue to use their Academic Requirements Report and review emails from their academic advisor.

 Students admitted into a pre-petition status for the Fall 2017 term or after should complete the Physical Therapist Assistant Petition Requirements.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

Prior to First Year Spring Term

First Year Spring Term

First Year Fall Term

3 credits

Second Year Spring Term

Interim Course

Occurs at the end of the Spring term

Second Year Summer Trimester



3 credits

Trimesters begin in September for Fall, January for Winter, and June for Summer. Dates are not necessarily in sequence with the rest of the college. Trimesters last 15 weeks with an additional week for exams as needed. Inquire to PTA program regarding specific dates, as these may vary from year to year.


After completing the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication with patients, families and health care team.
  2. Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect respect and sensitivity according to physical therapy practice standards.
  3. Function under the supervision of a physical therapist in a safe, legal and ethical manner.
  4. Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills to implement and adjust a plan of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
  6. Perform technically competent data collection under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
  7. Perform technically competent physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
  8. Educate patients, families and other health providers.
  9. Integrate components of administrative, operational and fiscal practices of physical therapy service in a variety of settings.
  10. Implement a self-directed plan for career development, credentialing and lifelong learning.

Physical Therapist Assistants find employment in a wide range of health care facilities:

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Sports Medicine Centers
  • Schools
  • Private Health and Fitness Centers


Madison Area Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; (703) 706-3245;;