In order to be considered for the Physical Therapist Assistant program, students must provide the Admissions office with the appropriate documentation showing completion of all requirements. Appropriate documentation consists of:
- Updated assessment scores. -AND/OR-
- A transcript or program evaluation/degree audit showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).
It is the student’s responsibility to:
- Monitor his/her progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
- Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
- Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements.
Apply at Hawkeye
Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.
Placement through appropriate assessment scores or completion of success courses
In order to be eligible for the Physical Therapist Assistant program, all students must meet minimum entrance requirement scores and/or complete required success coursework.
Students who a placed into one or more success courses will be admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant pre-program until all success courses are completed. Once these courses are completed, students must advise the Admissions office to be moved into Phase I standing.
Students must meet the minimum assessment score of the ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS assessment or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.
||85 Elementary Algebra
||MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
||82 Sentence Skills -OR-
||ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
||RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hawkeye is considered a 1+1 model and has specific admissions requirements.
During Phase I, students must complete general education courses, which can be completed full-time in as little as one year, or part-time.
Phase II contains Physical Therapist Assistant technical courses and clinical experiences, which are completed on a full-time basis in slightly over one year.
All students are also required to have a minimum of one semester of high school, or college level, physics with a grade of “C” or higher.
Completion of Phase I coursework does not guarantee admission in to Phase II.
While completing Phase I coursework, students will also complete three different observations with a minimum of eight hours observed at each location, totaling 24 hours.
All observation settings must be different from one another and no more than two of the three site locations may be the same, although the program prefers all sites be different if possible.
All observations must be complete prior to the interview for Phase I and must be submitted to Physical Therapist Assistant faculty. Please see the Physical Therapist Assistant Pre-Admission Observation Hours form [pdf] for more details.
All students must schedule an interview with the Physical Therapist Assistant program director and faculty.
The interview may be scheduled any time after the first semester of Phase I course work is successfully completed.
Students are strongly encouraged to schedule their interview in the early part of the spring semester prior to the desired fall semester start date of Phase II.
To schedule an interview contact Carole Ostendorf or Melissa Schneider.
Phase I Coursework
Phase I coursework may be completed at Hawkeye Community College or transferred in from an accredited educational institution, with the exception of HSC-108 which must be completed at Hawkeye.
BIO-168 and BIO-173 must be completed with a solid “B” grade or higher and must be completed no more than five years prior to beginning Phase I.
All additional Phase I coursework must be completed with a “C” grade or higher with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. See the suggested sequence of study for Phase I courses.
Phase II Acceptance
Phase II begins each fall semester.
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 shares the same GPA, the second criteria used will be a file completion date, which 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.
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