Program Goals and Expected Student Outcomes
- To graduate physical therapist assistants who are sensitive and
responsive to the unique needs of each individual patient, who are
competent, safe, skilled, and ethical in the provision of physical
therapy services within the scope of practice as defined by professional
and licensure requirements, and under the direction and supervision of a
licensed physical therapist.
- To ensure that program content is reflective of best practices in
the profession of physical therapy.
- To provide a curriculum that includes effective didactic,
laboratory, behavioral and clinical instruction with delivery methods
that address various learning styles.
- To promote the importance of professional growth and lifelong
learning in the physical therapy profession.
- To ensure compliance with CAPTE, APTA, state, and federal guidelines
for physical therapist assistant education.
- Eighty-five percent of PTA graduates will pass the state licensure
- Employers’ average rating of graduates will be greater than 3 out of
4 on all indicators.
- Ninety percent of job-seeking graduates will be employed in the
field within six months of graduation.
- The program will graduate at least eighty percent of students in a
- At the completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program
the entry-level graduate will be competent in the areas that are
required by the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy
Education (CAPTE), including:
Expected Student Outcomes
- Communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally
- Communicate effectively in written form
- Demonstrate behavior consistent with respecting age, cultural,
socioeconomic, and other individual differences among patients,
families, and other healthcare professionals
- Demonstrate legal, ethical and professional behavior
- Demonstrate an understanding of the plan of care as established by
the physical therapist and carry out the plan of care commensurate with
the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant
- Demonstrate competency in data collection skills to measure patient
progress within the plan of care
- Under the supervision of a physical therapist, implement physical
therapy interventions using appropriate problem-solving skills to
progress a patient or adjust interventions within the plan of care
- Report any changes in the patient’s status to the supervising PT
- Report to the supervising PT if interventions have been adjusted,
intervention has not been provided due to patient status change, or
intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the PTA
- Demonstrate safe practice in the provision of physical therapy
interventions to reduce risk to patients and others
- Educate patients and others using appropriate instruction methods
that the learner understands
- Take appropriate action in an emergency situation
- Document relevant information about physical therapy interventions
and corresponding data collection according to practice guidelines
- Participate in discharge planning and follow-up as directed by the
supervising physical therapist
- Demonstrate fiscal responsibility by providing accurate and timely
information for billing and reimbursement purposes
- Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning to further develop
professional knowledge and skills
- Demonstrate an awareness of social responsibility, citizenship and
advocacy, including participation in community and/or service
- All clinical and academic faculty will receive "above average" to "excellent" ratings 80% of the time on student evaluations.
- All academic faculty will attend at least fifteen hours of
continuing education every two years that is aligned with their
professional development plan.