Physical Therapist Assistant | AAS

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

Physical Therapist Assistants at Western Iowa Tech Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703.706.3245; email:; website: The program's current status is probationary accreditation; for more information see If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 712.317.3483 or email

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.

Program Goals

  1. Students will be able to communicate with and educate patients, caregivers, and others involved in patient care.
  2. Students will be academically prepared to practice under a physical therapist’s supervision in various settings.
  3. Graduates seeking positions in the field of physical therapy will be successfully employed.
  4. PTA faculty will provide contemporary education to meet the diverse needs of student learners.
  5. The PTA program will satisfy the employment needs of the communities we serve.
  2020 2021 2022 2023 2-Year Ave.
Graduation Rates (per CAPTE methodology) 86.7% 66.7% TBD TBD  
Employment Rates 100% 100% 85.7% TBD 92.85% (21-22)
First-Time Licensure Pass Rates 57.1% 58.3% 70% 91.67% 80.84% (22-23)
Ultimate Licensure Pass Rates 71.4% 75.0% 70% TBD 72.5% (21-22)

Sioux City Campus

Associate of Applied Science

Total Credits: 72.5

Eligible for Last-Dollar Scholarship



Examination and Licensure are the responsibility of the student.

For Iowa contact
The Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy Examiners Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
Phone: 515.281.4401

To obtain information regarding licensure boards of other states contact:

Educational licensure is met in the following states: Iowa
Educational licensure is not met for the following states: None
If not listed above, determination has not yet been made for the remaining states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
To view educational requirements for the state you wish to work, visit

Entrance Requirements

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

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

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Estimated Cost of Attending

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