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Physical Therapist Assistant
2-year AAS degree

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

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

Physical Therapist Assistant


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The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kirkwood Community College is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street | Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 706-3245 

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.

The PTA 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.

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