Physical Therapist Assistant Programs and Careers in Iowa

If you are interested in a career as a physical therapist assistant (PTA) in Iowa then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams. The demand for and remuneration of physical therapist assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade.

Learn how to become a PTA and get started today by reaching out to physical therapy assistant schools in Iowa.

How to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in Iowa

  1. Graduate from an Accredited PTA program
  2. Pass local Iowa and/or National Certification Exams
  3. Obtain your license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Iowa
  4. How much do Physical Therapist Assistants make in Iowa?

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Listed below are some of the top PTA schools and related programs near you in Iowa.

Get started today by reaching out to schools to receive information on course curriculum, admissions requirements, tuition etc.

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Top Accredited Physical Therapy Assistant Schools in Iowa

CollegeMetro AreaAcredittionFind Out More
Clarke UniversityDubuqueSpring 2024Request Information
Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical CenterDes MoinesFall 2016Request Information
St Ambrose UniversityDavenportSpring 2020Request Information
The University of IowaIowa CitySpring 2016Request Information

There are currently 4 fully accredited PTA programs on offer in Iowa at colleges in Dubuque, Des Moines, Iowa City and Davenport.

Click on the ‘Request Information’ link for each school and enter your details to receive information on their PTA programs and admissions data.

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Physical Therapy Assistant Certification Exam Requirements in Iowa

Once you have graduated from an accredited school in Iowa you will need to obtain a license to work as a physical therapist assistant there. To obtain your license it is a requirement that you have successfully passed additional certification exams.

Iowa does not have any requirement to undertake any local state level jurisprudence exams. However all candidates seeking initial licensure in the state must complete the National Physical Therapy Examinations (NPTE).

The purpose of the state exam, where required, is to ensure that the candidate has a thorough understanding of the local laws and regulations under which they are allowed to work.

The purpose of the NPTE exams is to ensure a minimum standard or knowledge and competence after graduation and before entering into the workplace. The NPTE exams are developed and administered by the US Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT).

Iowa PTA License Requirements

Once you have graduated from an accredited program it is required by Iowa law that you obtain a license to work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the State.

The Iowa Dept of Public Health regulates the licensing of Physical Therapist Assistants in Iowa. You can contact the Board directly using the contact details below:

Address: Lucas State Office Bldg., 321 E 12th Street, 5th Floor, Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Phone: (515) 281-4413

Update 2018: The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has recently launched the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact for PT’s and PTA’s.

The purpose of the compact is to essentially create an interstate license which will allow a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to practice outside of the state in which they obtained their license.

Average Physical Therapy Assistant Salary in Iowa

Hourly Wage$22.88
Bottom 10% of Earners$32,400
Top 10% of Earners$64,050
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According to the most recent Bureau for Labor Statistics data physical therapist assistants in Iowa earn an average salary of $47,590. This represents an hourly wage of $22.88 and is 17.4% below the national average.

The top 10% of earners in the profession in Iowa earned $64,050 whilst the bottom 10% earn $32,400.

There are approximately persons currently employed as PTA’s in Iowa.

PTA Salaries and Employment in Iowa by Metro Area

The table below breaks down salary and employment of physical therapist assistants by Metro area across the state.

AreaSalaryHourly Wage# Employed
Cedar Rapids$46,130$22.18140
Des Moines-West Des Moines$52,830$25.40120
Iowa City$46,910$22.5530
Omaha-Council Bluffs$41,820$20.11340
Waterloo-Cedar Falls$52,570$25.2780