Physical Therapist Assistant

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares you to be a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). A 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 may include assisting patients in improving their function, collecting data on patient progress, and documenting treatment. After graduation, you will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination and find employment in a hospital, clinic, sports medicine clinic, school system, home health agency, or long term care center.

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:; website:

Program Details

Campus: Ottumwa
Entry: Fall Term
Length: 7 terms (21 months)
Program: Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

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Program Outcomes (2012-2015)
Graduation Year 2012 2013 2014 2015
Retention Percentage 90% 78% 82% 68%
Ultimate NPTE Pass Rate 89% 79% 77% 80%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%

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