FAQs - Page 2 of 11 - Black Hawk College

How much time does it take to participate in the TRiO SSS program?

This is up to you – it can take as little as one hour each quarter or several hours each week. You decide which services to utilize. You should be committed to meeting with your TRiO advisor on a regular basis, and taking advantage of the available resources.

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May I work while in the program?

Yes, the majority of the students are able to work while in the program, although the program recommends not working more hours than can be manageable (usually 20 to 24 hours per week).

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Are scholarships available?

Information on financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at (309) 796-5447.

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Will the PTA degree transfer toward a PT degree?

Students interested in pursuing a Master or Doctorate of Physical Therapy should contact the specific PT program for more information on transferable courses. Generally, only the biology and general education classes are transferable.

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Will applying early increase my chances of being accepted to the PTA program?

Yes, as the selection process is very competitive. Applications will be accepted starting September 1. Applications postmarked on or before October 31 will be granted an interview in February. Applications postmarked after October 31 will be notified of an interview if there are remaining spots available in the upcoming class.

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Is there a waiting list for the PTA program?

No. The program reviews the application pool every year and students not selected must re-apply to be considered for the next class.

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Are any PTA classes online?

Presently, only general education courses may be offered online.

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What if I need academic assistance or tutoring when taking an online class?

Although you may be taking an online class, you may secure study skills assistance or live tutoring on either Black Hawk College campuses during scheduled hours or you may access our online tutoring service 24/7 through myBlackHawk, the college’s student portal.

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Based on your needs, do you want to take online credit or non-college credit classes?

If you want to pursue a degree, you must take college credit classes, listed in the online schedule and described in the catalog. Black Hawk College, through its Outreach Center, makes available 6-week non-college credit courses, certificate programs, and job skill training, all online. For further information, visit the Business and Community Education Center current […]

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How can I make time in my life for an online class?

Taking an online class sounds easy. However, the work load is as much or more as a face-to-face class. To evaluate whether you have time in your present life to take an online class, try this time audit. Are there some things you need to give up, move around, postpone, or get help with in […]

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