Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

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

2018–2019 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 are subject to change.

General education course.
Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite.
Course meets 100% online.
Course meets face-to-face after 5:00pm.
Course meets the first 8 weeks of the semester.
Course meets the second 8 weeks of the semester.

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
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions 2
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 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 Gen Ed
Total Credits 18

Pre-Program: Semester 2—Spring
BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 4 Gen Ed
HSC-113 Medical Terminology 2
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
SOC-205 Diversity in America Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication Course offered 100% online Course offered in the evening after 5:00pm 3 Gen Ed
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 Course meets the second 8 weeks of the semester. 4
PTA-120 Kinesiology Course meets the first 8 weeks of the semester. 3
PTA-150 Pathophysiology Course meets the first 8 weeks of the semester. 3
PTA-194 Therapeutic Agents I Course meets the first 8 weeks of the semester. 3
PTA-211 Musculoskeletal I Course meets the second 8 weeks of the semester. 3
PTA-284 PTA Professional Issues Course meets the second 8 weeks of the semester. 2
PTA-310 PTA Clinical I Course meets the second 8 weeks of the semester. 1
Total Credits 19

Semester 4—Spring
PTA-113 Fundamentals for PTA II 3
PTA-195 Therapeutic Agents II 3
PTA-212 Musculoskeletal II 3
PTA-231 Therapeutic Exercise for PTA 3
PTA-248 PTA Neurology 4
PTA-311 PTA Clinical II 1
Total Credits 17

Semester 5—Summer
PTA-412 PTA Clinical III 4
PTA-413 PTA Clinical IV 4
Total Credits 8

Pre-Health Program Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-4014 ext.1079
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Pre-Health Student Success Specialist

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 245
319-296-2329 ext.1063
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Student Success Specialist

Laurie Plum
Bremer Hall 124
319-296-2329 ext.1065
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Program Advisors

Melissa Schneider
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-4434
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Cassady Bartlett
Health Education and Services Center 228
319-296-2329 ext.1484
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Administrative Assistant

Amy Rieck
Health Education and Services Center 222
319-296-4010
319-296-4051 (fax)
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Interprofessional Health and Safety Services

Dr. Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
319-296-4457
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