Physical Therapist Assistant

The following information outlines specific steps to complete the admission process for the Physical Therapist program at Kirkwood Community College. These steps/requirements are in addition to Kirkwood's steps to become a student. Reading and Writing test scores are valid for three years; Math for two years:

  • Complete a placement test or submit your ACT scores. These scores determine your placement into math and English classes.
  • Applicants with an associate, bachelors or higher degree do not need to complete placement tests.

If college level placement is not met, students are recommended to meet with an advisor. Kirkwood and Physical Therapist Assistant admissions policies and procedures are subject to change at anytime. After all admissions criteria is met, students are eligible to apply for the technical program.

Completion of the ATI TEAS Test

  • Students must meet the minimum cut score of 60.0 percent or higher to be eligible for admission into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.
  • Students may repeat the exam up to three times, but must schedule a meeting with the program director after a second unsuccessful attempt.
  • Click the ATI TEAS link on the program homepage to find out more about, and how to register for the ATI TEAS exam.

Prerequisite Courses
Students must complete prerequisite courses and earn a C or better. Prerequisite courses include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Introduction to PTA  
  • Speech Course

Submit evidence of 24 hours of total observation at three different PT clinic sites (eight hours each at IP, OP and skilled sites) and submit answers to a questionnaire related to the observations. Clinicians will fill out a feedback form, which is marked as acceptable or unacceptable behavior.

Observation Form
Clinical Observation Evaluation

If the student has two-thirds of this come back marked unacceptable, then the student must meet with the program director, who will advise about professionalism and communication requirements within the profession. Please click for PTA Professional Requirements and Standards for Attire for Clinical Observations.

Where you decide to do your Physical Therapist observation is up to you. Use the following e-mail addresses for contacting St. Luke's Hospital or Mercy Hospital:

Letters of Recommendation
Submit two letters of recommendation using the required recommendation form. One of these recommendations must be from an academic reference (if unavailable, a professional reference may be used). Letters must be submitted in a sealed envelope and sent to the Allied Health Department, 2164 Linn Hall.

Reference Form

Recommended Courses
In addition to the required prerequisite courses, it is recommended that students take the following courses if time allows:

  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Composition I
  • Professionals in Health
  • Humanities Elective