Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate Degree

Area of Study: Health Sciences

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 2019-2020 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.


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


  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    Other Costs
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 14 13 15
    Number of Surveys Sent 14 13 14
    Number of Surveys Returned 10 11 14
    Percent of Surveys Returned 71.40% 84.60% 100.00%
    Available for Employment 10 11 13
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 92.90%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 7.10%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 9 10 12
    Percent of Graduates Employed 90.00% 90.90% 92.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation 9 7 11
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 70.00% 91.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 3 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 30.00% 8.30%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 1 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 10.00% 9.10% 7.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.3 3.7
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 10 11 14
    Very Satisfied 4 5 10
    Percent Very Satisfied 40.00% 45.50% 71.40%
    Satisfied 5 4 4
    Percent Satisfied 50.00% 36.40% 28.60%
    Unsatisfied 1 2 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 10.00% 18.20% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 10 11 14
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 3 10
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 30.00% 27.30% 71.40%
    Career Change 7 8 3
    Percent Career Change 70.00% 72.70% 21.40%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 7.10%
    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

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 9 10 12
    Before Enrollment 0 2 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 2 0 1
    Percent While Attending the College 22.20% 0.00% 8.30%
    After Training at the College 7 8 11
    Percent After Training at the College 77.80% 80.00% 91.70%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 9 10 12
    In College District 8 8 8
    Percent In College District 88.90% 80.00% 66.70%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 3
    Percent of In Wisconsin 11.10% 0.00% 25.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 2 1
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 20.00% 8.30%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 4 6
    Average Monthly Wage $3,418 $3,702 $3,387
    Average Hourly Wage $19.87 $21.52 $19.69
    Average Work Hours per Week 38 38.5 40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 3 5
    Average Hourly Wage $21.55 $25.67 $24.37
    Average Work Hours per Week 29.3 11 26.4
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 0 41
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 21 31
    Total Jobs 21 72
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Aegis Therapies Physical Therapy Assistant Wyocena
    Community Living Alliance Personal Care Worker
    Interim Healthcare Physical Therapy Assistant
    Marquardt Memorial Manor Physical Therapy Assistant Watertown
    Medical Support Services Physical Therapy Assistant Racine
    Select Specialty Hospital Physical Therapy Assistant
    SSM Health at Home Physical Therapy Assistant
    St Agnesian Hospital Physical Therapy Assistant Fond Du Lac
    Waunakee Manor Health Care Center Physical Therapy Assistant Waunakee
    West Portland Physical Therapy Clinic Physical Therapy Assistant Portland OR

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

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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