Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 74
Program Start: Fall

2019–2020 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 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.

Pre-Program: Semester 1 — Fall
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 4 Gen Ed
CSC-110 Introduction to Computers Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
ENG-105 Composition I Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology -OR- Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
Total Credits 16

Pre-Program: Semester 2 — Spring
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 4 Gen Ed
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions 2
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2 Gen Ed
MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
Total Credits 14

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

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

Semester 5 — Spring
PTA-113 Fundamentals for PTA II 3
PTA-195 Therapeutic Agents II 3
PTA-212 Musculoskeletal II 3
PTA-248 PTA Neurology 4
PTA-400 PTA Clinical III 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 6 — Summer
PTA-284 PTA Professional Issues 2
PTA-450 PTA Clinical IV 5
Total Credits 7

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