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Physical Therapist Assistant

The PTA program now has an annual application window, applications will be accepted from June 15 through July 30. Applications will not be accepted outside of these dates. The PTA program uses a petition process for clinical/practicum/program courses. Students are selected based on completion of academic eligibility requirements and district residency status. Visit the What is Petitioning webpage for additional information.


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. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 262-564-2470 or email gotzt@gtc.edu.

CAPTE Accreditation