Offered at Main Campus
This 21-month (seven-term) program prepares the student to be a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). The PTA is a health care worker who assists the Physical Therapist. PTAs administer treatments to patients working under the supervision of and as an assistant to a physical therapist. Treatments may include administering active and passive manual exercises and modalities such as massage, heat, light, ultrasound, water and electrical stimulation to patients with relatively stable conditions. Other duties include assisting patients in improving their function, collecting data on patient progress and documenting treatment.
To apply, complete an IHCC application and submit high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma scores and take one of the following: ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER test. Testing may be scheduled by calling the IHCC Testing Center at (641) 683-5142 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5142. Following acceptance, applicants are required to complete 40 hours of observation in a clinical site. Accepted students must attend the required mandatory orientations. This program may be entered only at the beginning of the Fall term. Students meeting all program and graduation requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, and are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination.
Criminal background, drug screening, physical examination with documentation of immunizations and dependent adult and child abuse record checks are required prior to the clinical courses.
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Indian Hills Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandra, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.