Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant Admission Requirements

The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a 1+1 model. Phase 1 is the general education component and Phase 2 is the professional core component. Phase 2 of the program requires attending classes/clinical education on a full-time basis for 12 months.

Basic Skill Competencies Requirements

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
19 - Reading
19 - English
19 - Math
82 - Reading
65 - Writing
42 - Algebra
38 - Reading
40 - Writing
40 - Elementary Algebra
90 - Reading
98 - Sentence Skills
103 - Arithmetic -OR-
97 - Elementary Algebra

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Complete one semester of high school physics (a full year of physics is suggested) or one semester of college-level physics with a “C” grade or higher.

The following high school courses are recommended but not required: One year of math (algebra and geometry), biology, and English.

Option 2

Complete all of the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT063 Elementary Algebra

Complete one semester of high school physics (a full year of physics is suggested) or one semester of college-level physics with a “C” grade or higher.

The following high school courses are recommended but not required: One year of math (algebra and geometry), biology, and English.

Option 3

Any combination of Option 1 and Option II fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing along with successful completion of high school physics or the equivalent.

Phase I Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission to Hawkeye.

  2. Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
    1. Applicants not meeting the program’s Phase 1 admission requirements or enrolled in courses to meet Phase 1 will be accepted to Pre-Physical Therapist Assistant.
    2. Applicants meeting all admission requirements from Option I, II or III will be considered Physical Therapist Assistant Wait students (Phase 1) and will be able to take general educations courses as required in Phase 1 of the program. Being a ‘Wait’ student does not guarantee Phase 2 acceptance. Students must complete all admission requirements for Phase 2.

Phase II Admission Requirements

To be considered for Physical Therapist Assistant (Phase 2) program acceptance, students must complete the following admission requirements.

  1. Complete all Phase I—Foundational Coursework.

  2. Complete a total of 24 observation hours with a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant at three different clinical sites (eight hours per site is required). Observations must include at least two different types of facilities (outpatient, hospital inpatient, home health, rehab center, or longer-term care). The observation hours should be recorded on the Pre-Admission Observation Hours form [pdf]. Students are responsible for arranging the observation hours.

  3. Schedule an interview with a Physical Therapist Assistant faculty member at Hawkeye Community College after completion of one semester of the Phase I—Foundational Coursework.

Phase II Admissions Process

  1. To be considered for Phase II acceptance, applicants must have completed all of the following:

    1. Phase I Admissions Process
    2. Phase II program entrance requirements
  2. All applicant files will be reviewed and updated in late May / early June of each year for fall acceptance.

  3. Applicants who meet the program admission requirements for entrance into Phase II will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by the GPA attained from the required general education courses with the highest GPA being at the top. If more than one applicant share the same PGA, the second criteria used will be a file completion date.  The file completion date is the date the applicant completed all required general education courses for Phase II or provided documentation of all required courses being met from another accredited institution.

  4. Students must have a physical exam with an updated immunizations recorded on Hawkeye Community College Student Health & Immunization Record Form prior to the first day of the Physical Therapist Assistant Phase II courses.

  5. Criminal background, sex offender, and adult/dependent abuse background checks are required prior to the first day of Physical Therapist Assistant Phase 2 courses. Failing a background check will result in dismissal from the program.

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Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4013
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Program Advisor

Carole Ostendorf
Health Education and Services Center 208C
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Dean

Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 173
319-296-4457
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