Physical Therapy Assistant student.

Physical Therapy Assistant

70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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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

Program Code 10-524-1

Required Courses

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 NumCourse NameCredits
 806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology4  
 804-107 College Mathematics3+ 
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3  
 809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies3  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+ 
 806-139 Survey of Physics3  
 809-198 Intro to Psychology3+ 
Total Credits

Technical Core/Clinical Courses

+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class. Click on course title for specific information.)

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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

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

806-139 Survey of Physics 3
809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

There are currently no program specific college credit agreements for Physical Therapist Assistant. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Concordia UniversityAny BachelorsVaries
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 35%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Purdue University GlobalAny Bachelorscredits vary, 20% tuition discount
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 60
UW-StoutBS Career, Technical Education and Trainingup to 60

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.

Partnership Program

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.