Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students with the 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 ultrasound.


Effective May 15, 2014 the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hawkeye Community College has been placed on probation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Probation is an accredited status; however, probation signals that the program’s accreditation is in jeopardy if the issues identified by CAPTE are not resolved in a timely manner.

Hawkeye Community College is committed to academic excellence and currently is actively working to resolve outstanding issues. As a demonstration of that commitment, Hawkeye Community College has retained the assistance of a consultant with expertise in PTA programs and accreditation processes.

Hawkeye Community College remains confident that its PTA program will be reinstated to full accreditation status as awarded by CAPTE after its next program review in the fall of 2014.

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% 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.


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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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