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Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 80
Program Start: Fall only

2017–2018 Suggested Sequence of Study

 The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program in the academic year listed.

 When registering for classes refer to your Program Evaluation/Degree Audit to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

 Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

◆ General education course
► Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite.

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Prerequisites – Semester 1 – Fall ***
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I * 4 $711.00
CSC-110 Introduction to Computers 3 $533.25
ENG-105 Composition I 3 $533.25
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions 2 $483.50
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $533.25
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology 3 $533.25
Total Credits 18

* A minimum grade of B in BIO168 and must have been completed within the five years of starting the Physical Therapist Assistant program coursework unless waived by the program chair.

Prerequisites – Semester 2 – Spring ***
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II ** 4 $711.00
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2 $355.50
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $533.25
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology 3 $533.25
SOC-205 Diversity in America 3 $533.25
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $533.25
Total Credits 18

** A minimum grade of B in BIO173 and must have been completed within the five years of starting the Physical Therapist Assistant program coursework unless waived by the program chair.

***You are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking prerequisite courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for prerequisite courses with no lower than a C in any individual prerequisite course unless otherwise noted.

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coursework

  • Program coursework begins fall semester, must be completed at full-time status, and will take approximately 12 months to complete.

  • You must earn a grade of C or higher in all program coursework; less than a C is considered failing. You may not progress with other coursework until a failed course is retaken.

  • You may only fail one program 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. You are responsible for transportation to and from clinicals, as well as any associated housing costs. You will not be allowed to select specific clinical sites, but may make requests for special needs or geographical locations.

Participation in clinicals requires:

  1. Passing a criminal background, sex offender, and child and adult/dependent abuse background checks prior to the first day of program courses. Failing a background check will result in dismissal from the program.

  2. Completing CPR, HIPAA, First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, and OSHA training prior to the first day of clinicals. This training is part of program courses.

  3. Getting a physical exam and updated immunizations, including a current hepatitis B series (unless signs waiver), seasonal influenza, MMR, and current tetanus. Polio and meningitis are also recommended. Current two-step 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 program courses.

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

Semester 3 – Fall
PTA-111 PTA Fundamentals 4 $844.00
PTA-120 Kinesiology 3 $533.25
PTA-150 Pathophysiology 3 $533.25
PTA-194 Therapeutic Agents I 3 $533.25
PTA-211 Musculoskeletal I 3 $533.25
PTA-284 PTA Professional Issues 2 $458.50
PTA-310 PTA Clinical I 1 $274.75
Total Credits 19

Semester 4 – Spring
PTA-113 Fundamentals for PTA II 3 $533.25
PTA-195 Therapeutic Agents II 3 $533.25
PTA-212 Musculoskeletal II 3 $533.25
PTA-231 Therapeutic Exercise for PTA 3 $533.25
PTA-248 PTA Neurology 4 $711.00
PTA-311 PTA Clinical II 1 $177.75
Total Credits 17

Semester 5 – Summer
PTA-412 PTA Clinical III 4 $806.00
PTA-413 PTA Clinical IV 4 $950.00
Total Credits 8

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Tracking Sheet

2016–2017 [pdf]

Student Success Specialist

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

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

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Pre-Health Program Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014 ext.1079
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Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4013
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Interprofessional Health and Safety Services

Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4457
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