Associate of Applied Science degree
Entry time: Fall
This program will have significant changes to the plan of study for students admitted to the fall 2015 program start. Students planning to start the program in fall 2015 may contact the Allied Health office at 319-398-5566 to have general questions answered. The department staff will refer specific questions to the Physical Therapist Assistant program personnel. The new plan of study will be online by June 1, 2015.
Program Class List
|If students do not have the required high school or college coursework, they|
|need to take the following preparatory courses before admission:|
| BIO-110 ||Basic Biological Concepts*||3|
| MAT-107 ||Survey of Math||4|
| PHY-120 ||Introductory Physics||3|
First Semester (Fall)
| BIO-168 ||Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab**||4|
| HSC-107 ||Professionals in Health**||2|
| HSC-210 ||Health Skills I**||1|
| PTA-101 ||Introduction to PTA ||2|
| PTA-120 ||Kinesiology||3|
| PTA-140 ||Functional Motor Development||3|
| PTA-192 ||PTA Modalities I||2|
Second Semester (Spring)
| BIO-173 ||Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab**||4|
| PTA-110 ||Fundamentals for PTA***||3|
| PTA-150 ||Pathophysiology||3|
| PTA-193 ||PTA Modalities II||3|
| SPC-101 ||Fundamentals of Oral Communication**||3|
| COM-222 ||Communication for Health Care Professionals**||3|
Third Semester (Summer)
| ENG-105 ||Composition I**||3|
| PTA-160 ||PTA Procedures I||3|
| PTA-161 ||PTA Procedures II||3|
| PTA-301 ||PTA Clinic I***||2|
Fourth Semester (Fall)
| PSY-111 ||Introduction to Psychology**||3|
| PTA-210 ||Orthopedics||3|
| PTA-230 ||Rehab for Medical Conditions||3|
| PTA-240 ||Neurology||3|
| PTA-302 ||PTA Clinic II***||2|
| - - - - - - - ||Humanities elective**||3|
Fifth Semester (Spring)
| PTA-250 ||PTA Career Essentials||2|
| PTA-431 ||PTA Clinic III***||12|
Total Program Hours 75
* If needed, BIO-110 Basic Biological Concepts should be taken before BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology.
** 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 preperatory classes, technical PTA courses, and BIO-168 and BIO-173.
All program courses for the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be offered at Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center in Hiawatha.
High school students should consider taking biology, anatomy, psychology, physics and math prior to entering the PTA program. Volunteer or work experience as a physical therapy aide or technician, or as a nurse aide or rehabilitation aide in a related health care setting, is strongly recommended. In addition to the cost of textbooks, tuition and fees, students are responsible for travel and lodging expenses incurred during clinic education experiences.
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. All states require a license or certification to practice as a PTA.