Program Information – Physical Therapist Assistant

Diploma Earned

The program is two academic years in length including one summer. Students must attain a C grade in all PTA courses, achieve a “pass” grade in all clinical assignments, and a C grade in all support courses to progress through the program. Although the program has specific requirements regarding the program completion, in order to be eligible for graduation from the College, all students must achieve a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.00. Upon successful completion of the PTA curriculum, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree. In order for the graduate to practice physical therapy, a license is required in most states. The PTA program at North Iowa Area Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, telephone: 703-706-3245, e-mail:, website:; and, therefore, graduates of the program are eligible to take the national licensure examination.

Student Outcomes

    • Graduation rate for 2014 – 2015 is 83%
    • Licensure examination overall pass rate for 2013 – 2015 is 93%
    • Employment rate for 2014 – 2015 is 100%


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

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