Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2019-2020

Physical Therapist Assistant

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall

319-398-5566

www.kirkwood.edu/alliedhealth

Entry time
Fall

Award
Associate of Applied Science degree
2 years (5 terms including summer)

Accreditation
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, (703) 706-3245, website: www.capteonline.org, Email: accreditation@apta,org To contact the program/institution directly, call (319) 398-5566.

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.

Physical therapist assistants (PTAs) work closely with physical therapists (PTs) to provide services to people with physical disabilities. Patient treatments may include exercise, functional activities, gait training, massage, electrical stimulation, hot/cold packs, traction and ultrasound and other therapeutic interventions. The PT performs an initial patient examination 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 patient’s progress and documenting the care.

Career opportunities: outpatient clinics - orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatrics, etc.; hospitals; home health; skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes; rehabilitation centers; school systems.

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

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Prerequisites Classes

Three courses are required prior to admission.

PTA-101

Introduction to PTA**

2

BIO-168

Human Anatomy & Physiology I*

4

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professional** OR

3

SPC-101

Fundamentals of Oral Communication** OR

 

SPC-112

Public Speaking** OR

 

 

 

9

Term 1-Fall

PTA-120

Kinesiology

3

PTA-192

PTA Modalities I

2

PTA-140

Functional Motor Development

3

BIO-173

Human Anatomy & Physiology II**

4

HSC-107

Professionals in Health**

2

PTA-103

PTA Patient Assessment

2

 

 

16

Term 2-Spring

PTA-110

Fundamentals for PTA***

3

PTA-150

Pathophysiology

3

PTA-193

PTA Modalities II

3

PSY-111

Introduction to Psychology

3

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Humanities or History/Culture Course**

3

 

 

15

Term 3-Summer

ENG-105

Composition I**

3

PTA-160

PTA Procedures I

3

PTA-301

PTA Clinic I***

2

PTA-161

PTA Procedures II

3

 

 

11

Term 4-Fall

PTA-302

PTA Clinic II***

2

PTA-215

Orthopedic Issues

4

PTA-232

Rehab for Medical Conditions

4

PTA-241

Neurology for PTA

4

 

 

14

Term 5-Spring

PTA-250

PTA Career Essentials

2

PTA-432

PTA Clinic III***

6

PTA-433

PTA Clinic IV***

6

 

 

14

Total program credit hours

79

Optional

PTA-924

Honors Project

1

HSC--103

Studies in Health Sciences

1

*If needed, BIO-110 Basic Biological Concepts should be taken before BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology, not concurrently.

**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 prerequisite courses, BIO-168, BIO-173 and all technical PTA courses.

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