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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 30, 2015
License Title: Physical Therapy Assistant

License Description: A physical therapist assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to implement treatment programs according to the plan of care. They train patients in exercises and activities of daily living, conducting treatments, using special equipment, administering modalities and other treatment procedures and reporting to the physical therapist on the patient's responses.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapter 148A; Iowa Administrative Code 645, Chapters 199-204

Requirements for License:Applicants must complete a course of study for the physical therapist assistant accredit-ed by a national accreditation agency approved by the board. They must also pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) or other nationally recognized equivalent examination as defined by the board. An applicant licensed as PTA in another state must file an application for licensure by endorsement with the board office.

If foreign trained, an applicant must provide an English translation and an equivalency evaluation of their education credentials by the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy, Inc.; International Educational Research Foundations, Inc.; Credentials Evaluation Service; International Consultants of Delaware, Inc.; or, International Credentialing Associates, Inc. The professional curriculum must be equivalent to the American Physical Therapy Association standards.

Applicants must also submit proof of proficiency in the English language by achieving a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) paper exam and a score of at least 200 on the computer exam administered by Educational Testing, Services, Inc.

Twenty hours of continuing education are required biennially for license renewal.

Application: $100
Duration: Two years
Renewal: $50

When:To practice in Iowa, graduates of approved programs must successfully pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant examination.

License Authority:
Board of Physical & Occupational Therapy Examiners
Bureau of Professional Licensure
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th St
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 5152814401

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