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Madison WI 53704

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Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105241


The PTA program is not accepting applications at this time, as changes in the Madison College District job market have created a Physical Therapist Assistant supply that exceeds the industry demand. Should a change occur in the job market, this website will be updated.

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.


The PTA program is not accepting students at this time as changes in the Madison College District job market have created a Physical Therapist Assistant supply that exceeds the industry demand. Should a change occur in the job market, this website will be updated.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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 to ensure the safety of patients, self, and others throughout the clinical interaction.
  4. Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking skills to implement and adjust treatment within a plan of care under the direct supervision of a physical therapist.
  6. Perform data collection essential for carrying out the plan of care under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
  7. Perform technically competent, evidence-based physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
  8. Educate patients, families and other health providers.
  9. Integrate components of 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.

Program Goal:
To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains fo respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs). 


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

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Program Costs:
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 13 14 13
    Number of Surveys Sent 13 14 13
    Number of Surveys Returned 7 10 11
    Percent of Surveys Returned 53.80% 71.40% 84.60%
    Available for Employment 7 10 11
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 7 9 10
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 90.00% 90.90%
    Employed in Related Occupation 6 9 7
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 85.70% 100.00% 70.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 0 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 14.30% 0.00% 30.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 1 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 10.00% 9.10%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.3 3.3
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 7 10 11
    Very Satisfied 2 4 5
    Percent Very Satisfied 28.60% 40.00% 45.50%
    Satisfied 5 5 4
    Percent Satisfied 71.40% 50.00% 36.40%
    Unsatisfied 0 1 2
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 10.00% 18.20%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 7 10 11
    Preparation for Getting a Job 2 3 3
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 28.60% 30.00% 27.30%
    Career Change 5 7 8
    Percent Career Change 71.40% 70.00% 72.70%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 7 9 10
    Before Enrollment 0 0 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 20.00%
    While Attending the College 1 2 0
    Percent While Attending the College 14.30% 22.20% 0.00%
    After Training at the College 6 7 8
    Percent After Training at the College 85.70% 77.80% 80.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 7 9 10
    In College District 4 8 8
    Percent In College District 57.10% 88.90% 80.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 1 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 42.90% 11.10% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 2
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 20.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 5 4
    Average Monthly Wage $3,457 $3,418 $3,702
    Average Hourly Wage $20.10 $19.87 $21.52
    Average Work Hours per Week 38.5 38 38.5
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 4 3
    Average Hourly Wage $30.90 $21.55 $25.67
    Average Work Hours per Week 21.3 29.3 11
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 6 60
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 13 60
    Total Jobs 19 120
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Advanced Medical Physical Therapist Assistant Port Orange FL
    Aegis Therapies Physical Therapist Assistant, PRN
    Attic Angel Place Physical Therapist Assistant Middleton
    Capitol Lakes Retirement Community Physical Therapist Assistant
    CI Pediatric Therapy Center Physical Therapist Assistant Fitchburg
    Pro Rehab Physical Therapist Assistant Minneapolis MN
    Skaalen Retirement Services Physical Therapist Assistant Stoughton

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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone (703) 706-3245; email:; website:

If you need to contact the program or institution directly, please call (608) 258-2362 or email