Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2017-2018

Physical Therapist Assistant

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms including summer)

Accreditation
The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). PTA graduates qualify to take the licensure exam given by the Federation of State Boards in Physical Therapy. Licensure is granted by the Iowa Board of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners. Most states, including Iowa, require a license to practice as a PTA. Annual continuing education hours are required to maintain a license.

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-706-3245, website: www.capteonline.org, Email: accreditation@apta,org

Personal Characteristics

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work closely with physical therapists (PTs) to provide services to people with physical disabilities. Patient treatments may include strengthening, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, exercise, balance activities, functional training, gait training, modalities and other therapeutic interventions. Patient and caregiver education is provided by the PT or PTA.

The PT performs an initial patient evaluation and identifies patient problems and goals, then outlines a plan of care. The PTA assists the PT by carrying out all or part of the plan of care, monitoring the patient’s progress and documenting the care.

Students have two short-term and two long-term clinical experiences that allow them to gain hands-on experience with a variety of patients. Clinic sites are located across Iowa and in neighboring states. This program has mandatory background checks and other compliance items that need to be completed for clinic participation.

Career opportunities: outpatient clinics - orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatrics, etc.; hospitals; home health; industry; nursing homes; rehabilitation centers; school systems.

The primary location for Physical Therapist Assistant students will be the Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites Classes

Three courses are required prior to admission.

BIO-168

Human Anatomy & Physiology I*

4

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professional** OR

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication**

 

PTA-101

Introduction to PTA**

2

 

 

9

Term 1-Fall

BIO-173

Human Anatomy & Physiology II**

4

HSC-107

Professionals in Health**

2

PTA-103

PTA Patient Assessment

2

PTA-120

Kinesiology

3

PTA-140

Functional Motor Development

3

PTA-192

PTA Modalities I

2

 

 

16

Term 2-Spring

PTA-110

Fundamentals for PTA***

3

PTA-150

Pathophysiology

3

PTA-193

PTA Modalities II

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

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Humanities or History/Culture Course**

3

 

 

15

Term 3-Summer

ENG-105

Composition I**

3

PTA-160

PTA Procedures I

3

PTA-161

PTA Procedures II

3

PTA-301

PTA Clinic I***

2

 

 

11

Term 4-Fall

PTA-215

Orthopedic Issues

4

PTA-232

Rehab for Medical Conditions

4

PTA-241

Neurology for PTA

4

PTA-302

PTA Clinic II***

2

 

 

14

Term 5-Spring

PTA-250

PTA Career Essentials

2

PTA-432

PTA Clinic III***

6

PTA-433

PTA Clinic IV***

6

 

 

14

Total program credit hours

79

Optional

PTA-924

Honors Project

1


*If needed, BIO-110 Basic Biological Concepts should be taken before BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology, not concurrently.

**Courses may be taken before beginning the technical portion of the program.

***Indicates a course which involves off-campus clinical experience.

Note: Minimum C required in the prerequisite courses, BIO-168, BIO-173 and all technical PTA courses.

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