Physical Therapist Assistant | Western Technical College

Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Applied Science

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Financial Aid Eligible

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.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Physical Therapist Assistant

This program will cost about $10,700* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Physical Therapist Assistant 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding9
Employed in Related Occupation7
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education0
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week1640
Median Hourly Wage$20.38$19.75
Hourly Wage Range$19.00 - $21.75$17.00 - $22.50
Median Annual Salary$16,666$41,077

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Physical Therapist Assistant; Dadez Physical Therapy, New Richmond, WI
  • Physical Therapist Assistant; Dove Healthcare, Eau Claire, WI
  • Physical Therapist Assistant; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Physical Therapist Assistant; Mayo Clinic, Mankato, MN
  • Physical Therapist Assistant; OSI Physical Therapy, West St Paul, MN
  • Physical Therapist Assistant; PT Works, Mauston, WI

Career Opportunities

Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Demonstrate clear and collaborative communication with patients, families, and health care 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.
  • Educate patients, family members, and other 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.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Physical Therapist Assistant program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check. You can find links to these documents below. In addition, you must complete the prerequisites for General Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or better. The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Western 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:

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Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Program Contact

Shari Berry
Program Chair, Physical Therapist Assistant

Transfer Agreements

University of WI - Oshkosh

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