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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant is a high-demand program at Gateway Technical College. While applications are currently being accepted, please be aware that in-district students have first priority and that there is a petitioning process to obtain a seat for program classes and clinical placements. See your program advisor for further details.

A career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) can be very rewarding. PTA’s help patients with injuries or debilitating diseases become more functionally independent. A physical therapist assistant can work in a variety of settings to treat patients of all ages who have movement problems due to weakness, pain, disease, stroke, or injury to muscle, nerves, or bone. Physical therapist assistants work under the supervision of a physical therapist. The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Gateway Technical College is a two-year associate degree program offered at the Kenosha Campus. Students learn to treat patients with exercise programs that include stretching, strengthening, posture, balance and coordination, using techniques like massage and manual therapy, and equipment like ultrasound, electrical stimulators, and heat and cold treatments. Gateway’s PTA classes are held during the day and consist of both lecture and lab. During the second and third semesters, students will spend time in local clinics and hospitals working with real patients. The fourth and final semester will include a full-time, eight week student internship providing students with hands-on learning opportunities in a clinic setting. The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Gateway Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.

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