Physical Therapist Assistant

Become a Physical Therapist Assistant and put healing in motion for your patients! Helping them reach their long term goals will be Life.Changing. for you and them!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 7 Terms (21 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

Like helping others?  Don't want to sit at a desk all day? We didn’t think so!  The Physical Therapist Assistant Program gives you the skills to work in a variety of settings, with all types of patients.  Physical Therapist Assistants work under the direct supervision of a Physical Therapist, sometimes helping patients through exercises, educating them about their condition, collecting data on their progress, and performing treatments and/or modalities such as massage, heat, light, ultrasound, water, and electrical stimulation.  Helping a patient down the path to becoming physically independent and free of pain through physical therapy is truly Life.Changing! Start your program and learn how you can become Life.Changing. for someone today!

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.

What you will learn:
  • Modalities such as heat, light, ultrasound and electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Manual therapies such as massage, range of motion and stretching techniques
  • Gait training including the use of crutches, canes and walkers
  • Various tests for orthopedic and neurological patients

Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Physical Therapist Assistant Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Physical Therapist Assistant in a school system, a Physical Therapist Assistant in a private clinical practice, or a Physical Therapist Assistant in a hospital or nursing home!


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Program Outcomes (2018-2021)

Graduation Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 2 Year Average
Graduation Rate 62.5% 75% 78% 54.5% 66.25%
First Time NPTE Pass Rate 76.5% 66.7% 92.3% 85.7% 89%
Ultimate NPTE Pass Rate 100% 86.7% 92.3% 100% 96%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Acceptance and Matriculation Rates

Indian Hills Community College accepts up to 40 students in the PTA Program each Fall. 

 Year Acceptance Matriculation
2021 33 23
2020 27 16
 2019  34 24
 2018  37 24
 2017  25 23
 2016  70 29
 2015  71 34
 2014  73 37

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, based on the following:

CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at


Still have questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Caroline!

peyroneCaroline Peyrone, DPT, Program Director, Physical Therapist Assistant
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5271 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5271 
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