The Physical Therapist Assistant program will:
- Prepare graduates to support the healthcare needs of the community via employment as a physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist;
- Prepare entry-level, competent graduates who are prepared to perform at or better than the national average on the NPTE;
- Establish and maintain relationships with sufficient educational sites meet CAPTE standards, and to provide diverse and contemporary educational experiences to students; and
- Achieve and maintain full CAPTE accreditation.
Physical Therapist Assistant Faculty will:
- Provide a classroom atmosphere that is supportive of student learning, free from discrimination and respectful of all individuals; and
- Provide a contemporary PTA curriculum, using evidence-based instruction and assessment techniques.
- work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe and professional manner.
- implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by a physical therapist promoting optimal outcomes for patients.
- recognize the relationship between concepts learned from liberal arts and basic science coursework and physical therapy knowledge and skills.
- demonstrate effective oral, written and nonverbal communication in a culturally competent manner with patients and their families, colleagues, other health care providers and the public.
- interact skillfully with patients from across the life span.
- demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning to promote evidence-based practice.
- demonstrate the necessary information literacy skills to utilize available resources effectively and appropriately throughout their career.