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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Details

Earn your Physical Therapist Assistant degree at CVTC! You will help people of all ages improve their mobility and relieve pain and disability caused by disease or injury. If you are looking for a rewarding career where you can help others improve their function, becoming a physical therapist assistant is the right choice.

The program will teach you how to do the following under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist:

  • Implement treatment programs
  • Teach patients to perform exercises
  • Conduct treatments using special equipment

You will gain the following skills:

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Application of heat/cold
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Documentation
  • Neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and cardiopulmonary treatment skills

You will have a clinical experience as part of the program to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills required of the entry-level physical therapist assistant in various practice settings.

After completion of the program, you will be prepared to work in a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center, or other healthcare facility.

Just the Facts

Physical Therapist Assistant
61 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $11,263

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Accreditation Information

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application.  If you are ready to apply now, click here.

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Get a Job

86% of our Physical Therapist Assistant graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Physical Therapist Assistant graduates reported an average starting salary of $38,907.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
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  • Kinesiology 1
    Introduces basic principles of musculoskeletal anatomy, kinematics, and clinical assessment. Students locate and identify muscles, joints, and other landmarks of the lower quadrant in addition to assessing range of motion and strength.
  • Therapeutic Exercise
    Provides instruction on the implementation of a variety of therapeutic exercise principles. Learners implement, educate, adapt, and assess responses to therapeutic exercises.
  • Principles of Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
    Integrates concepts of neuromuscular pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment.

Transfer Credits

Once you’ve completed your associate degree at CVTC, if you are interested in pursuing further education, we have agreements with several institutions. To view a list of CVTC’s transfer agreements, click here.


  • Chiropractic Practitioner
  • Physical Therapist Assistant

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 13% growth is projected in physical therapy assistant positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Chippewa Valley 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: website:

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