Physical Therapy Assistant Schools Iowa

Top Iowa Schools for PTA Training

In order to become a PTA in Iowa you must have graduated from an accredited PTA School.

Listed below are some of the top PTA Schools and related programs near you.

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Clarke University Dubuque Accreditation Spring 2024
Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center Des Moines Accreditation Fall 2016

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If a career as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) strongly appeals to you then there could be no better time to pursue your dreams. The demand for and remuneration of Physical Therapy Assistants has been steadily on the increase over the last decade. Employment of Physical Therapy Assistants is projected to grow by a massive 30% over the coming years with a projected additional 25,000 jobs being created between 2016 and 2024.

Selecting a Physical Therapy Assistant Program

Take the first step and request information from Schools in your preferred area. Simply enter your preferences and contact information in the search box to the right or select from the Schools presented above to receive program and admissions information. It’s fast and easy!

Important points to consider when selecting a PTA School include;

  • Is the School Accredited?
  • How long does the program last?
  • Class structure – how much of the course will be classroom based, lab based and field based and how does this fit with your expectations?
  • Does the School have good lab facilities and other resources to support your studies?
  • What percentage of graduates are successful in securing their PTA license?
  • Does the School offer any financial assistance?

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

Physical Therapy Assistant Salary in Iowa

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The average PTA salary in Iowa is $45,970 which is nearly 17% less than the national average. The average hourly wage of is $22.10. PTA’s in Iowa earn Texas is the highest paying State for Physical Therapist Assistants in the USA.

In 2015 there where 930 persons employed as a Physical Therapy Assistant in Iowa.

The table below illustrates key employment and salary data for PTA’s in the main metro and city areas in the State;

AreaNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Cedar Rapids, IA100$19.62$40,820.00
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL130$25.10$52,210.00
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA160$23.05$47,940.00
Dubuque, IA30$20.38$42,380.00
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD40$22.11$45,980.00
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA60$22.68$47,170.00
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area(8)-$18.38$38,240.00
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area90$21.32$44,340.00
Southwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area80$22.49$46,770.00
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area120$23.65$49,180.00

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Related Healthcare Careers in Iowa

Physical Therapy Assistants fair very well by comparison to similar careers such as Occupational Therapy Assistants, Massage Therapists and Home Health Aides in terms of average salary, from entry level to well experienced – achieving one of the highest average salary levels.

Additionally in terms of employment figures and growth it has been flagged as one of the top 5 fastest growing careers in healthcare by the Bureau For Labor Statistics (BLS).

The table below illustrates key data for similar healthcare careers in Iowa;

CareerNumber EmployedHourly WageSalary
Physician Assistants1000$46.26$96,220.00
Respiratory Therapists910$24.31$50,560.00
Dental Hygienists2340$32.92$68,470.00
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers690$29.86$62,110.00
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics2390$15.94$33,160.00
Pharmacy Technicians4390$14.16$29,460.00
Surgical Technologists740$18.91$39,340.00
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians740$15.07$31,350.00
Home Health Aides5730$11.50$23,920.00
Nursing Assistants23130$12.64$26,300.00
Occupational Therapy Assistants400$25.83$53,720.00
Physical Therapist Assistants930$22.10$45,970.00
Massage Therapists820$19.06$39,640.00
Dental Assistants3260$18.18$37,820.00
Medical Assistants4810$15.37$31,970.00
Medical Transcriptionists970$15.77$32,790.00



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