Physical Therapist Assistant | AAS - Western Iowa Tech Western Iowa Tech Community College

Physical Therapist Assistant | AAS

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

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program 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:  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.
  2021 2022 2023 2-Year Ave.
Graduation Rates (per CAPTE methodology) 66.7% 83% 66.7% 73.3% (22-23)
Employment Rates 100% 100% TBD 100% (21-22)
First-Time Licensure Pass Rates 58.3% 70% 91.7% 81.8% (22-23)
Ultimate Licensure Pass Rates 75.0% 80% TBD* 77.3% (21-22)
*ultimate licensure pass rate for 22-23 will be at least 86.4%

Associate of Applied Science


Sioux City Campus

Eligible for Free Tuition/Last Dollar Scholarship

Admissions Advisor

Fran DeJong
Admissions Representative
Call  712.317.3345
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
Book Appointment

Required Classes

For a list of current required classes, visit our catalog at:

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:

Criteria 1 for Acceptance:

Criteria 2 for Acceptance:

Criteria 3 for Acceptance:

Criteria 4 for Acceptance:

Faculty and Staff

Amanda Heilman PTA, MHS
Administrative Program Coordinator
Call  712.317.3483
Sioux City Campus, Room A109
Linda Mercer PT, DPT
Physical Therapist Assistant Instructor
Call  712.317.3135
Sioux City Campus, Room A109
Dr. Teri Peterson DNP, MSN, RN
Associate Dean - Health Sciences
Call  712.317.3357
Sioux City Campus, Room L314


The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Western Iowa Tech Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave. Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22305-3085; telephone: 703.706.3245; email:; website:

If needing to contact the program/institution directly:

Information on filing a formal complaint with CAPTE can be found at

Pursuant to United States Department of Education (US DOE) regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), the Western Iowa Tech Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program Disclosure resulting in an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) provides the following information for all prospective and current students:


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


Estimated Cost of Attending

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* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

** The cost of books varies per program.