Physical Therapist Assistant AAS Degree Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits: 71
Program Start: Summer

2022–2023 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Summer 2023. Part-time students should visit with a program advisor for a modified sequence of study.

When registering for classes refer to your Academic Evaluation to see your specific program requirements and ensure proper registration.

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

Pre-Program Coursework

A minimum of one semester of high school or college level physics class with a grade of “C” or higher must be completed by the end of Term 0 to be considered for transition from pre-program to in-program status.

BIO-168 must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher within the last ten years of starting the Physical Therapist Assistant program coursework unless waived by the program chair.

BIO-173 must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.

Term 0 and Term 1 coursework must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher with the exception of BIO-168 and BIO-173 which must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher must be achieved for Term 0 and Term 1 coursework.

All pre-program coursework must be scheduled to be completed no later than the end of Term 1 — Spring prior to the program's summer start.

Also see Admissions Requirements for more information.

You are not eligible for the Iowa Vocational Technical Tuition Grant while taking prerequisite courses.

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Term 0 — Pre-Program Prerequisites
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 $859.00
ENG-105 Composition I 3 $630.00
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions
Must be completed by the end of Term 0
2 $420.00
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3 $630.00
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3 $630.00
Total Credits 15

Term 1 — Spring
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 $898.00
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2 $420.00
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts 3 $630.00
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology 3 $630.00
Total Credits 12

Technical Program Coursework

Term 2 — Summer *
PTA-120 Kinesiology 3 $798.00
PTA-150 Pathophysiology 3 $630.00
PTA-310 PTA Clinical I 4WK2 1 $472.00
Total Credits 7

* Term 2 — Summer requires students to be on campus two mornings per week.

Term 3 — Fall
PTA-111 PTA Fundamentals 12WK1 4 $1140.00
PTA-194 Therapeutic Agents I 12WK1 3 $751.00
PTA-211 Musculoskeletal I 12WK1 3 $667.00
PTA-231 Therapeutic Exercise for PTA 12WK1 3 $642.00
PTA-350 PTA Clinical II 4WK2 2 $540.00
Total Credits 15

Term 4 — Spring
PTA-113 Fundamentals for PTA II 12WK1 3 $655.00
PTA-195 Therapeutic Agents II 12WK1 3 $635.00
PTA-212 Musculoskeletal II 12WK1 3 $630.00
PTA-248 PTA Neurology 12WK1 4 $840.00
PTA-400 PTA Clinical III 4WK2 2 $420.00
Total Credits 15

Term 5 — Summer
PTA-284 PTA Professional Issues 2 $535.00
PTA-450 PTA Clinical IV 5 $1050.00
Total Credits 7

Course Cost Calculation

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

Course calculations are based on 2022–2023 tuition and fees and course fees.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Contact Information

Academic/College Success Advisor

Lisa Wright
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright

Program Director, Faculty Advisor

Melissa Schneider
Health Education and Services Center 228
Email Melissa Schneider

Faculty Advisor

Cassady Bartlett
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-2329 ext.1484
Email Cassady Bartlett

Administrative Assistant

Brenda Bartz
Health Education and Services Center 222
Email Brenda Bartz


Science and Health Sciences

Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP
Tama Hall 110B
Email Dr. Gene Leutzinger

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