Physical Therapist Assistant AAS Degree Courses

Program Details
Award Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits 71
Enrollment Full-time
Program Start Spring

2022–2023 Suggested Sequence of Study

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

When registering for classes refer to Self-Service > Student Planning to view your specific program requirements, your progress, and ensure proper registration. See Registering for Credit Classes for registration information and instructions.

Courses and costs are subject to change. See what's included in the cost calculation.

Pre-Program Coursework

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

All Term 0 and Term 1 coursework must be scheduled to be completed prior to the Technical Program Coursework's Term 2 summer start.

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

See Admissions Requirements for more information.

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Term 0 — Prerequisites *
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I *
Must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.
4 $859.00
ENG-105 Composition I
Must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.
3 $630.00
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions
Must be completed by the end of Term 0
Must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.
2 $420.00
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology
Must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.
3 $630.00
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.
3 $630.00
Total Credits 15
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $3,169.00

* 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.

Term 1 — General Education Coursework — Spring
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.
4 $898.00
HSC-113 Medical Terminology
Must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.
2 $420.00
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts
Must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.
3 $630.00
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
Must be completed with a grade of "C-" or higher.
3 $630.00
Total Credits 12
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $2,578.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $58.00

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
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $1,900.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $430.00

* 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
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $3,740.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $590.00

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
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $3,180.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $30.00

Term 5 — Summer
PTA-284 PTA Professional Issues 2 $535.00
PTA-450 PTA Clinical IV 5 $1050.00
Total Credits 7
Total Tuition + Course Fees: $1,585.00
Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: $115.00

Cost Calculation

Calculations are based on 2022–2023 resident tuition and fees and course fees.

  • Course Cost Calculation: $210 × course credits + course fee (if applicable).

  • Total Tuition + Course Fees Calculation: Sum of tuition and course fees for all courses for the term.

    • If more than one course can be taken to fulfill the requirement, the first course listed is used in the total tuition and fees calculation.
  • Remaining course fees after the Last-Dollar Scholarship is applied: Remaining course fees after tuition has been subtracted.

Additional costs not included in the cost calculations:

Contact Information

Academic/College Success Advisor

Lisa Wright
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014 ext.1068
Email Lisa Wright
Schedule an appointment with Lisa Wright

Program Director, Faculty Advisor

 Faculty Advisor: Last Names A – M

Melissa Schneider
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-4434
Email Melissa Schneider

Faculty Advisor

Last Names N – Z

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

Administrative Assistant

Health Education and Services Center 222
319-296-4010

Dean

Science and Health Sciences

Troy Moran, Ed. D
Tama Hall 110B
319-296-4457
Email Troy Moran

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