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Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 71
Program Start: Summer

2020–2021 Suggested Sequence of Study

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

Pre-Program Coursework

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

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

Prerequisites — Fall
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I E 4
ENG-105 Composition I O E 3
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions 2
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology O E 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication O E 3
Total Credits 15

Pre-Program: Semester 1 — Spring
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II E 4
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts O E 3
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology O E 3
Total Credits 12

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Coursework

Physical Therapist Assistant program coursework begins summer semester and will take approximately 15 months to complete.

Semesters 4–6 require students to be on campus or in an assigned clinical site on a full-time basis.

Prior to starting clinical education, the student 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.

  • 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.

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.

The program has a dress code for both on-campus coursework and clinical education.

Semester 2 — Summer
PTA-120 Kinesiology 3
PTA-150 Pathophysiology 3
PTA-310 PTA Clinical I 4WK2 1
Total Credits 7

Semester 3 — Fall
PTA-111 PTA Fundamentals 12WK1 4
PTA-194 Therapeutic Agents I 12WK1 3
PTA-211 Musculoskeletal I 12WK1 3
PTA-231 Therapeutic Exercise for PTA 12WK1 3
PTA-350 PTA Clinical II 4WK2 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 4 — Spring
PTA-113 Fundamentals for PTA II 12WK1 3
PTA-195 Therapeutic Agents II 12WK1 3
PTA-212 Musculoskeletal II 12WK1 3
PTA-248 PTA Neurology 12WK1 4
PTA-400 PTA Clinical III 4WK2 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 5 — Summer
PTA-284 PTA Professional Issues 2
PTA-450 PTA Clinical IV 5
Total Credits 7

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