Physical therapy assistants work 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.
Code Citation IC, Chapter 148A; 645 IAC 200
Who Applies Persons who wish to supply physical therapy services delegated and supervised by a licensed physical therapist.
When To Apply After completing educational requirements.
Initial Requirements Applicants must complete a course of study for the physical therapist assistant accredited by a national accreditation agency approved by the board and pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTE) or other nationally recognized equivalent examination as defined by the board.
Duration Two years.
Processing Time 6-8 weeks after all required materials are submitted, including fingerprint cards for FBI background check. Online renewal in real time.
Fee Structure Initial License: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf Renewal: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/chapter/645.5.pdf
Renewal Requirements Twenty hours of continuing education are required biennially for license renewal.
Exam National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination.
Additional Information Persons who wish to supply physical therapy services delegated and supervised by a licensed physical therapist.