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Program - Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant

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 PTAs and PTs.

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 patientís 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. This program begins each year in the fall.

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

For more information or to explore PTA contact:
Maggie Thomas, P.T., M.A.
512 Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center 
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Accreditation: The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kirkwood Community College is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Telephone: 703-706-3245

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant. Click here for more details.