Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Program Start: Fall only

The Physical Therapist Assistant program requires a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following list of courses is from the current catalog year, organized in the suggested sequence of study for a full-time student, and is subject to change.

If you are a current student your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. View your Program Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and to search and register for classes.

Phase I – Foundational Coursework

Phase I Notes

  • Students are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking Phase I courses.

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for Phase I with no lower than a:

    • "B-" in BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab,
    • "B-" in BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab, and
    • "C" in any individual Phase I general education course.
  • BIO168 and BIO173 must have been completed within the last five years of starting Phase II, unless waived by the program chair.

Semester 1 – Fall
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
CSC110 Introduction to Computers 3
ENG105 Composition I 3
HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences 2
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology 3

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Total Credits 18
Semester 2 – Spring
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 4
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts 3
PSY121 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC205 Diversity in America 3
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3

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Total Credits 16

Phase II – Technical Courses and Clinical Experience

Phase II Notes

  • Phase II must be completed at full-time status.

  • Students will complete Phase II in approximately 12 months.

  • Before students can begin Phase II they must complete the Phase II admissions process by the end of the spring semester that precedes the fall start of Phase II.

  • Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all of their Phase II coursework. Less than a “C” is considered failing.

    Students may not progress with other course work until a failed course is retaken.

    Students may only fail one Phase II course; failing more than one course will be grounds for dismissal from the program.

Clinical Experience Requirements

Clinical experiences are completed off-campus. Sites may be local, in-state, or out-of-state. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical education, as well as any associated housing costs. Students will not be allowed to select specific sites for clinical education, but may make requests for special needs or geographical locations.

Participation in clinical education requires:

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

  2. Students are required to complete CPR, HIPAA, First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, OSHA training prior to the first day of clinical course work. This training is part of Phase II courses.

  3. Getting a physical exam and updated immunizations, including current hepatitis B series (unless signs waiver), MMR, and current tetanus. Polio and meningitis are also recommended. Current TB test results are required. This must be recorded on the Hawkeye Community College Student Health and Immunization Record form prior to the first day of Phase II courses.

A dress code for clinical education exists and may be dictated by the clinical site.

Semester 3 – Fall
PTA101 Introduction to PTA 2
PTA110 Fundamentals for PTA 3
PTA120 Kinesiology 3
PTA150 Pathophysiology 3
PTA194 Therapeutic Agents I 3
PTA211 Musculoskeletal I 3
PTA310 PTA Clinical I 1

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Total Credits 18
Semester 4 – Spring
PTA113 Fundamentals for PTA II 3
PTA195 Therapeutic Agents II 3
PTA212 Musculoskeletal II 3
PTA231 Therapeutic Exercise for PTA 3
PTA248 PTA Neurology 4
PTA285 PTA Professional Issues 1
PTA311 PTA Clinical II * 1

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Total Credits 18
* Clinical will begin one week prior to the start of Spring Semester.
Semester 5 – Summer
PTA415 PTA Clinical III 5
PTA416 PTA Clinical IV 5

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Total Credits 10

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 159
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Program Advisor

Carole Ostendorf
Health Education and Services Center 208C
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Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
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