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Physical Therapist Assistant


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is a two-year course of study and upon successful completion students will be awarded with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. The program consists of a curriculum integrating general, technical and clinical education components. General education consists of basic sciences including biological, physical, physiological and anatomical principles. Technical and clinical education components are designed to assist students in acquiring expertise, skills and attitudes necessary for entry-level physical therapist assistants. Clinical education components consist of four experiences in a variety of practice settings. The purpose of technical coursework is to provide students with foundational theory to develop critical thinking skills necessary to demonstrate ethical and entry-level competency as a physical therapist assistant working under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Iowa Western Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:[email protected]; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Dr. Todd Nierman at (712) 388-7697 or email [email protected].