Our Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is as rigorous as it is rewarding. As a PTA, your goal will be to use your knowledge and skills to help patients regain movement after an injury, illness, or other medical condition. You’ll work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist to provide physical therapy services in a variety of settings. To be successful, you must have good technical skills as well as the ability to work closely with a variety of people. You’ll also need to be organized and detail-oriented as you document your patients’ progress.
Our classes are generally a combination of lecture and lab, with several clinical experiences required. Graduates may work in hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, schools, long-term care facilities, and in rehabilitation centers.
Program-specific courses are held in the Health Science Center, a shared facility located a few blocks from the La Crosse main campus. Check our maps page for specific location information.
For information about Western’s Physical Therapist Assistant program’s student outcomes, please click here.
To view the Physical Therapist Assistant program’s required disclosure on professional licensure, please click here.
*Please note that the delivery method for fall courses may change as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. Our goal is to ensure that teaching and learning happens in a safe environment. We will communicate updates as quickly as possible.