Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students with entry-level skills and knowledge to provide treatments that improve patients’ mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or lessen physical disabilities. Students will learn physical therapy interventions, data collection techniques, and how to follow a physical therapy plan of care. They will also learn to effectively educate and communicate with patients, families, and other healthcare providers.

Physical therapist assistants work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. Duties may include instructing patients in exercises and activities of daily living, performing manual treatments, and administering modalities such as an ultrasound.


The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hawkeye Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Graduation, National Exam Pass, and Employment Rates

Phase 2 Class Program Graduation National Exam Pass* Employment**
2011–2012 89.5% 69% 89%
2012–2013 85% 94% 92%
2013–2014 94% 80% 100%
2014–2015 89% 71% 100%
2015–2016 TBD TBD TBD

* Ultimate pass rate may change as students retake the exam.

** Graduate Employment Rates are determined six months after the students first national exam opportunity. Data reflects those who passed the exam.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Program Advisor

Melissa Schneider
Health Education and Services Center 228C
319-296-2329 ext.1484
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Student Success Specialist

Darla Palmer
Health Education and Services Center 205
319-296-2329 ext.1223
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Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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