Physical Therapist Assistant AAS Degree Courses

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

2021–2022 Suggested Sequence of Study

The following suggested sequence of study is for new full-time students starting the program Summer 2022. 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 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.

BIO-173 must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.

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

All pre-program coursework must be scheduled to be completed no later than the end of Term 1 – Spring prior to the program's summer start.

Also see Admissions Requirements for more information.

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

Term 0: Pre-Program Prerequisites
BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I E 4
ENG-105 Composition I O E 3
HSC-108 Introduction to Health Professions
Must be completed by the end of Term 0
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology O E 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication O E 3
Total Credits 15

Term 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

Technical Program Coursework

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

Term 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

Term 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

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

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