Physical Therapist Assistant Current Students

When you become a physical therapist assistant, you will help work with physical therapists to help people with physical disabilities. This is a rewarding career that requires important training, and Kirkwood helps prepare you well for this future.

Compliance information, details on registration and orientation, and more is available here for current students in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Kirkwood.

Course registration information for Physical Therapist Assistant students is located below. Please read the following information that will be helpful when registering for your next semester classes:

  • Priority registration information has been sent to you via email for the upcoming semester.
  • Please choose one group and register for all courses listed, unless you are advised by program faculty to do otherwise.
  • Register for classes through MyHub.
  • Remember to run your degree audit (through MyHub) to ensure you are on track for graduation.

If you have prior Modalities or Physical Agents course, please submit course syllabus to the PTA program director for possible waiver credit. If course is waived, you will need to enroll in 1 credit lab course to demonstrate skills.

Questions? Call 319-398-5566 or visit Allied Health in 2164 Linn Hall for assistance.

We will communicate the details of program orientation as they are finalized.  Attendance at PTA program orientation is mandatory. This orientation is program-specific and separate from new student orientation. Please refer to the compliance section in the program handbook on Talon for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Questions? Please contact:

Maggie Thomas, Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director


Do you have more questions about the Physical Therapist Assistant program, or want to dive deeper into program details? Read the student handbook, which you can access the student handbook by logging in to Talon.

The Compliance Process in 5 Steps

Step 1: Creation of a CastleBranch Account:
All students will create and pay for their compliance process through CastleBranch's online process. Students must use the following information when creating their account based on the standard process determined by the Allied Health Department at Kirkwood Community College. The account creation process is standard for all students so we can assist with questions throughout the process.

  • Students visit CastleBranch to order their program specific package and create their account.
  • Students must submit payment for these accounts at the time they are set up. Please have a debit or credit card avaliable when you sit down to create your account.

Step 2: Background Check Process
Students are required to go through the completion of the background check as part of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Once a student has created their account with CastleBranch, they will have 72 hours to complete the background check portion.

It is important to complete the background check process within 72 hours or you will be timed out and will have to redo the process at an additional cost to you as a student.

  • Once you have your account created, you will download the Abuse Registry Check forms which must be complete for the CastleBranch check process. Please remember that these forms must be completed and returned to CastleBranch based on guidelines established. Information on how to return these forms to CastleBranch will be provided in the information you download.
  • A sample copy of this form is here for your review. Students must submit the Child and Dependent Adult Abuse release form. Do not use them as documents to submit. 
  • Instructions on how to submit these completed forms are housed on the instruction forms you receive in your download. It is important that these forms are submitted to CastleBranch via fax or email provided on the Coversheet within 72 hours of starting the process. 

Step 3: Health Records and Immunizations
Students are required to complete a program physical and provide documentation that several immunizations have been completed prior to going to clinical rotations.

Health physicals and immunization records must be submitted to CastleBranch and will be housed in your student account. The following information will show you what forms need to be completed and how to submit them to CastleBranch.

  1. The General Health Physical
  2. Kirkwood Immunization Record
  3. Privacy/Confidentiality Statement form must be completed

All records on the form must contain the following information:

  • Student's name
  • Student's k-number
  • Student's program
  • Signature from the health care provider
  • Clinical contact information (address, phone number etc)
  • Dates the variables were completed

Forms missing one or all of these will not be accepted by CastleBranch.
All required immunization items, and details on how to meet requirements, are available in CastleBranch. 

Documents are submitted to CastleBranch via scan and upload, fax or mail for each variable to CastleBranch. If you fax or mail, you must print an independent coversheet for each variable. The fax or mail coversheets are housed in the upper-right hand corner of your Document Center portion of your CastleBranch account.

Step 4: Additional Compliance Certifications

Students are required to complete additional compliance certifications based on the program requirements. All forms needed for this compliance are found in CastleBranch. Please print the necessary forms to be able to complete these sections of compliance including:

  • The University of Iowa Insurance form
  • Front and back of insurance card
  • HIPAA and OSHA (quizzes in Talon, please submit submission view)
  • If you are required to complete a 10 Pan Drug Test for your clinic placement use the fax cover sheet 

Step 5: Print Clinical Compliance Documentation for Clinical Coordinators

  • Open up and log in to your CastleBranch account using your email address and password
  • On your student profile page, you need to click on "Document Center" then "My Documents"
  • Click "Clinical Requirements Physical Therapist Assistant Program"
  • Click "Results"
  • Click "Download"

Results summary will show up in a PDF file you can print.


Program Outcomes

When selecting a program for your future career as a physical therapist assistant, you'll want to choose one that prepares you well and sets you up for success. At Kirkwood, the proof is in the numbers.

In 2018, all graduates of the program passed the licesure exam—and the majority of students passed the exam on the first try. The few who didn't, passed on subsequent tries. 

In fact, all graduates of the Physical Therapist program passed the licesure exam in 2016 and 2017 as well. If you study to be a physical therapist assistant at Kirkwood, you will excel.

More Program Data

Year of Admit # Who Met Admissions Requirements # Admitted # Who completed program within 3 years of start date
2012 24 24 18
2013 24 24 15
2014 40 25 19
2015 27 24 17

Please note date ranges are from 08/01 through 07/31 for all reports

Year of Graduation Total # of graduates seeking employment # employed # Seeking additional education Percent employed
2015 13 13 0 100%
2016 14 12 0 86%
2017 16 14 0 94%
2018 20 18 0 90%
Year of Graduation Total # of graduates # who passed exam on first try # who passed on subsequent attempts Ultimate pass rate
2015 15 12 1 87%
2016 16 14 2 100%
2017 17 16 1 100%
2018 21 17 4 100%

Questions? Follow These Steps

  • Read the compliance guide again and see if there is anything you missed.
  • Contact CastleBranch by locating the Contact Us link in your CastleBranch Account or use the Instant Messenger feature.
  • Contact the Allied Health Department at 319-398-5566 or 2164 Linn Hall.