“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tzu
A career as a physical therapist assistant is a rewarding one, where every day you are making a significant difference in someone’s life. Working under the direction of a physical therapist, PTAs use a variety of techniques and equipment to help patients recover from illnesses, injuries or surgeries. On any given day you may work with a patient recovering from an accident, a stroke or dealing with issues related to an illness or disease. Workplaces are as varied as the patient as there is a great need for PTAs in hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, community health centers, nursing homes, fitness centers, and sports training facilities. It’s a challenging career and it takes patience, empathy and a knowledge of how the body works. It’s also one of the most gratifying careers you can choose because you are helping people gain back the ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.
The BTC Physical Therapist Assistant is a comprehensive program giving you a solid foundation along with the skills and confidence you need to be the best PTA possible. Three required clinical courses will give you a well-rounded clinical education as you’ll get exposure to as many physical therapy services as possible. The need for PTAs continues to grow and as a graduate of BTC’s program, you will be in high demand as Blackhawk students traditionally score higher on the national examination and are better prepared to enter the workforce.
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Physical Therapy Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Blackhawk 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: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Ilene Larson at (608) 757-7698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Petition for Entry
In order to be eligible to petition this program for entry, you must apply to the college, meet all program-specific eligibility requirements, and attend a Health Sciences petition meeting specific to the program you plan to petition. For more information about the petitioning process, visit the Petition Information page.
WCTC has a partnership agreement with Blackhawk Technical College to offer the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Students begin their coursework at WCTC and end at BTC. To get started, students should submit their PTA Application Packet (including the application for admission, high school and college transcripts, and pre-admission test scores) to the WCTC Admissions Office. For more information, or to get assistance, visit WCTC's website.
Background Check Requirement
A Caregiver Background Check is required for the clinical portion of the program. Persons with previous felony convictions may not be eligible for licensure or credentialing. The PTA program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
The mission of the BTC Associate Degree PTA program is to prepare qualified PTAs, as defined in the Wisconsin Physical Therapy Practice Act and in accordance with the standards of the American Physical Therapy Association, for employment in the healthcare community. The goal of the BTC Associate Degree PTA program is to fulfill the program mission through the achievement of the program outcomes.
View the Program Outcomes for Physical Therapist Assistant in our catalog.
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