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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.

Prerequisite Coursework

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher must be achieved for prerequisite coursework.

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.

All coursework must be scheduled to be completed no later than the end of the spring semester prior to the program's summer start.

Additional prerequisite coursework is required for program acceptance. See Admissions Requirements for more information.

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

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

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

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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