Accredited by the Commission in Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) work under the direct supervision of a physical therapist. You will treat patients who are recovering from injuries and illnesses to help them regain movement, manage pain, and return to doing things that are important to them. Treatments provided by PTAs may include exercise, ultrasound, manual techniques, and educating patients and family members. PTAs may also be involved in prevention of injuries and promoting health and wellness.

This program has additional entrance requirements. You must complete all requirements to be accepted into the program.

This program provides you with the knowledge and skills required to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination for PTA.

Career Information

Employment opportunities for the Physical Therapist Assistant exist nationwide. Careers are available in home health care, hospitals, nursing homes, orthopedic and sports clinic, and rehabilitation centers.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program:

  1. PTA graduates will be academically and clinically prepared to practice under the supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings.
  2. PTA graduates actively seeking positions in the field of physical therapy will be successfully employed.
  3. PTA faculty will provide quality, contemporary education to meet the diverse needs of student learners.
  4. The PTA Program will satisfy the employment needs of the communities we serve.
  2019 2020 Two-Year
Graduation Rates (per CAPTE methodology) 78.6% 86.7% 82.65%
Employment Rates 100% 100% 100%
First-Time Licensure Pass Rates 84.6% 57.1% 70.37%
Ultimate Licensure Pass Rates 92.3% 64.3% 77.78%

To register or if you have questions:

Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book an Appointment

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $13,632.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,703.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Required Classes for Physical Therapist Assistant | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
PTA 104 Introduction to Physical Therapy 1
PTA 130 Activities of Daily Living 4
HSC 114 Medical Terminology 3
HSC 170 Health Care Interaction 2
ENG 105 Composition I 3
BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
HSC 127 Kinesiology 4
PTA 170 Physical Therapy Science I 5
PTA 155 Pathology and Pharmacology for the PTA 4
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
PTA 270 Physical Therapy Science II 5
HSC 265 Clinical Neurology 2
PTA 189 Physical Agents 3
PTA 260 PTA Career Essentials 3
PSY 121 Developmental Psychology 3
PTA 441 PTA Clinical Affiliation I and Seminar 3
PTA 442 PTA Clinical Affiliation II and Seminar 4
PTA 443 PTA Clinical Affiliation III and Seminar 5

Entrance Requirements

All students must submit the following items for application to the program to be considered:

  • A copy of a Final Official High School, GED or HSED transcript with date of graduation. For applicants currently in high school, please present a current high school transcript and then later submit the Final Official High School Transcript with the date of graduation.
  • Official college transcripts of previously attended institutions.
  • ACT Scores (if completed) listed on HS Transcript or other official documentation.

All students must meet one of the following criteria for admission/acceptance into the PTA program:

Criteria 1 for Acceptance:

  • Verification of HS, GED, HSED official transcripts; AND
  • Documentation of 22 ACT composite or higher OR

Criteria 2 for Acceptance:

  • Verification of HS, GED, HSED official transcripts; AND
  • Documentation of TEAS composite score minimum of 60% OR

Criteria 3 for Acceptance:

  • Verification of HS, GED, HSED official transcripts; AND
  • Verification of current credentials in a health-related field with an Associate Degree or higher OR

Criteria 4 for Acceptance:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab, with a grade of B- or higher within the past 5 years; AND
  • MAT-772 or equivalent or higher with a grade of B- or higher within the past 5 years

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Amanda Heilman BA, PTA
Administrative Program Coordinator, Program Director & ACCE
712.274.8733 Ext. 2840
Sioux City Campus, A111
Linda Mercer DPT, PT
Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1451
Sioux City Campus, Room A109
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
Sioux City Campus, Room L314

Advisory Board

Julie Meseck Crawford County Memorial Hospital
Dr. Greg Romig Western Iowa Tech Community College
Michelle Grady Aegis Therapies
Kevin Poss PT Specialists
Amanda Heilman Western Iowa Tech Community College
Linda Mercer Western Iowa Tech Community College
Angela Drent Siouxland District Health
Jeff Steinberger Prairie Rehab Services
Nancy Nelson Aegis Therapies
Mary Mendez Reliant Rehab
Jeff Lucas Career Academy
Heather Rush Unity Point Health - St. Luke's
Dr. Soren Grieve Briar Cliff DPT Program
Tom Schroeder Unity Point Health
Dr. Patrick Cross Briar Cliff DPT Program
Collin Wiggins Hawarden Regional Healthcare
Fran DeJong Western Iowa Tech Community College
Dr. Teri Peterson Western Iowa Tech Community College