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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. These test scores are valid for three 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 minimum scores are not met, we advise you to take the Health Prep course, available through the Learning Services department, 2063 Cedar Hall, 319-398-5456.


Completion of the HOBET V exam

  • Students must  meet the minimum cut score of 66.7 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 HOBET V link on the right to find out more about, and to register for the HOBET V exam.

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. 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:


Submit High school or past college transcripts to the One Stop office. If a student meets the criteria of one of the first two bullet points, he or she will be directly admitted to the program or the wait-list.

  • If student has college coursework within five years of application date, 30 credits or more with a 2.0 GPA or higher that includes minimum of one science and one math course, OR
  • If student has high school preparation, within five years of application date, with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better and:
    • Two years of college prep math
    • One year college prep physics
    • Two years of additional college prep science (biology, chemistry)

If student does not have a prior college course work, 30 credits or more, with the adequate GPA or the necessary high school preparation, then they must take the following preparatory courses prior to being admitted to the program. Preparatory courses must be completed with a C or better: Survey of Math (4 credits); Intro to Physics (3 credits); and Basic Biological Concepts (3 credits).


If students are on the waiting list, it is highly recommended that they take the following courses prior to starting the program:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Oral Communication for the Health Professional
  • Composition I

It is also highly recommended that the student obtain additional volunteer or employment hours in a physical therapy clinic.

All Admissions policies and procedures are subject to change at anytime. Students are accepted and placed on the waitlist (if applicable) to the Physical Therapist Assistant program after all admission criteria are met.