What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.S.

Number of Majors: 57
Average Class Size: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center

About the Program

If you are considering a career in physical therapy, you can prepare for that field by enrolling in the Pre-Physical Therapy program at Iowa Western and earning an Associate of Science degree. This is your first step toward pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher, and complete the training needed to begin a career.

As a physical therapist, you will assist individuals with a wide variety of disabling conditions, such as back pain, fractures, arthritis, head injuries, and cerebral palsy. Much of the work you will do with patients consists of muscle strengthening and rehabilitation. Competition in this field can be intense, but Iowa Western’s modern program will provide you with the skills needed to transfer and excel in your higher degree program.

Iowa Western uses computer-enhanced instruction, and small class sizes allow for helpful one-on-one interaction with instructors. You will get hands-on experience in Iowa Western’s modern laboratory facilities as you complete the critical science and general education courses needed as the foundation for this career. Your Iowa Western program advisor will provide you with valuable guidance as you complete your degree at Iowa Western, prepare to transfer to a four-year institution, and plan your career as a Physical Therapist.  

Career Information

The Pre-Physical Therapy program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution. In order to become a physical therapist, students must earn a master’s degree from an accredited physical therapy program. Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. Physical therapists also work with patients to restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate competency in the scientific laboratory.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of the periodic table of the elements to the functions of various systems of the body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical and physiological properties of the human body including cellular, tissue, organs, and systems.


* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree is necessary for employment in this area.

* A.A. and A.S. Degree Programs provide students a general education core in Communications, Social Sciences, Science & Mathematics, Humanities, and Diversity. The foundation of required and elective courses prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university bachelor's degree Program.