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Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

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

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.

Pre-Program Coursework

Pre-program 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.

A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher must be achieved for pre-program coursework.

BIO-168 and BIO-173 coursework must be completed within five years of the Physical Therapist Assistant program start date and must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.

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

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Pre-Program 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

Pre-Program 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

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coursework

Physical Therapist Assistant program coursework begins fall semester, must be completed at full-time status, and will take approximately 12 months to complete.

Prior to the first day of classes, students must:

  • Have a physical exam with updated immunizations recorded on the Hawkeye Community College form. Instructions will be provided during program orientation.

  • Pass a criminal background, sex offender, and adult/dependent abuse background checks. Instructions will be provided during program orientation. Failing a background check will result in dismissal from the program.

Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" or higher in all program coursework.

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.

Prior to the first day of clinical coursework, students are required to complete CPR, First Aid, Mandatory Reporting, HIPPA, and OSHA training. This training is part of the HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions course. Opportunities to maintain certification in these areas are provided throughout the Physical Assistant Therapist program.

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:

Program Advisor

Melissa Schneider
Health Education and Services Center 228
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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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Administrative Assistant

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Interprofessional Health and Safety Services

Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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