Physical Therapy Assistant
70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree
Physical therapy assistants help physical therapists to provide treatment that improves patient mobility, relieves pain and prevents or lessens physical disabilities of patients. In this program, develop the skills needed to assist a physical therapist with treatment programs according to a plan of care, train patients in exercises and the activities of daily living, use specialized equipment and report patient responses to the physical therapist.
- Prepare for jobs such as physical therapy assistant, physical therapy aide and physical therapy technician.
- Physical Therapy Assistant is a partnership program. Through a consortium effort, this Blackhawk Technical College program is being offered through WCTC via a combination of course work at the two campuses and clinical sites.
- Through the partnership agreement, BTC serves as the host college and saves slots for WCTC students.
- Students will graduate from the host college – BTC–not WCTC.
- Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
- Select credits may transfer to other four-year institutions.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $40,000-$73,000
- Median Salary: $51,996
This is a partnership program and only a portion of the classes are offered at WCTC; the other courses are offered at the partnership school.
Required General Education Coursework
|Course Num||Course Name||Credits|
|806-177||Gen Anatomy & Physiology||4|
|801-136||English Composition 1||3||+|
|809-166||Intro to Ethics: Theory & App||3|
|809-172||Intro to Diversity Studies||3|
|806-139||Survey of Physics||3|
|809-198||Intro to Psychology||3||+|
Technical Core/Clinical Courses
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
Examine basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology as they relate to the health sciences. Use a body systems approach to discover the interrelationships between structure and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization in the human body. Develop the ability as a healthcare professional to apply the basic concepts of whole body anatomy and physiology to decision making and professional communication with colleagues and patients.
804-107 College Mathematics
Review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra; geometry and trigonometry; and probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurements within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data.
801-136 English Composition 1
This course is designed for learners to develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of the writing process. Planning, organizing, writing, editing and revising are applied through a variety of activities. Students will analyze audience and purpose, use elements of research, and format documents using standard guidelines. Individuals will develop critical reading skills through analysis of various written documents.
809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
Gain a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical, scientific and biopsychosocial perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Critically evaluate individual and professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
This course draws from several disciplines to reaffirm the basic American values of justice and equality by teaching a basic vocabulary, history of immigration and conquest, principles of transcultural communication, legal liability and the value of aesthetic production to increase the probability of respectful encounters among people. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, the topics of ageism, religion, sexism, gender differences, sexual orientation, the disabled and the American Disability Act (ADA) are explored. Ethnic relations are studied in global and comparative perspectives.
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
Practice the necessary skills for effective speech delivery, listening, assertiveness, conflict resolution, teamwork and general interpersonal communication.
806-139 Survey of Physics
Explore basic physics concepts through laboratory investigation and applications. Topics include kinematics, dynamics, work, energy, power, temperature, heat, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
809-198 Intro to Psychology
Explore concepts and terminology related to the topics of learning, perception, personality, motivation, human development and abnormal behavior. Examine the theories of the major psychologists.
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
There are currently no transcripted credit agreements for Physical Therapist Assistant. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
|Carroll University||Organizational Leadership||55|
|Carroll University||Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences||55|
|Franklin University||Bachelor of Science (various)||Junior Standing|
|Silver Lake College||Bachelor of Science (various)||minimum of 60|
|U of Phoenix||Bachelor of Science (various)||varies|
|UW-Stout||Bachelor of Science in Management||up to 70|
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
What is a Partnership Program?
Waukesha County Technical College has partnership agreements with other Wisconsin Technical College System colleges to offer selected allied health programs. Through the partnership agreements, the “host” college offers the program, but saves slots for students from WCTC and other cooperating colleges.
How does a partnership program work?
WCTC students who enroll in partnership programs may enroll in general education courses at WCTC. Most major coursework is taken through the host college via videos, distance education and/or traveling to the host college. Clinical work will be performed ether in the WCTC district or host college district, depending on the program of study. Students enrolled in partnership programs will graduate from the host college, not WCTC.