Program Admission and Requirements
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:
- Official high school or GED/HiSET transcript
- Official college transcript (if applicable)
It is the student’s responsibility to:
- Monitor his/her progress towards meeting admissions requirements
- Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met
- Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements
Keep their contact information up to date and to routinely check their Hawkeye email
Apply at Hawkeye
- Apply for admission at Hawkeye.
- Send official transcripts to Admissions.
- Demonstrate college readiness.
You can check the status of your application by logging into your Admissions Account.
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Prerequisite Coursework / Observation Hours
Please work with an Academic/College Success Advisor to assure understanding of academic expectations.
Prerequisite coursework may be completed at Hawkeye Community College or at any accredited transfer institution. See the suggested sequence of study for a list of prerequisite courses and grade and cumulative GPA requirements.
Once all prerequisite coursework is completed, contact the Admissions office immediately.
While Hawkeye Community College does issue Pass/Fail grades for some courses, accreditation requirements of the Physical Therapist Assistant program will not accept college or high school pass/fail grades for any admission criteria.
Pre-program Physical Therapist Assistant students must complete their observation hours by the end of Term 0.
A minimum of 16 observation hours are required: 8 observation hours in an inpatient setting and 8 observation hours in an outpatient setting.
All observation hours must be complete and submitted to the director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program by December 1. Please plan your observation hours well in advance of this deadline as a courtesy to the physical therapy companies in our communities.
Please see the Physical Therapist Assistant Pre-Admission Observation Hours form [pdf] for more details.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program registers 20 students each spring.
Applicants who successfully meet all admission criteria will be given an Eligible-Start Date to be Determined (ETBD) application status.
- The Eligible-Start Date to be Determined status date is according to the student’s prerequisite completion date. If students share the same prerequisite completion date, the registration date for the final prerequisite course will be used.
- The Admissions Office admits Eligible-Start Date to be Determined candidates ongoing for the next available term. Once seat capacity has been reached the remaining Eligible-Start Date to be Determined candidates will continue to be considered and contacted accordingly, should a seat become available.
Changes are taking place within healthcare facilities nationally. These changes directly affect all health programs at Hawkeye Community College. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), which accredits healthcare facilities across the country, enforced background screening September 2004 and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees. As a Health student of Hawkeye Community College, you will be required to complete a criminal background check which includes fingerprinting that searches the following databases of sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry, and Medicare/Medicaid Fraud. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting
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