The mission of the PTA Program is to prepare competent entry-level physical therapist assistants through educational opportunities in the classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences to deliver quality care.
The physical therapist assistant program is deeply committed to providing an accessible and affordable program and accepts its charge to provide high quality education. Meeting the needs of the community by graduating competent, entry-level physical therapist assistants prepared to work under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist will be achieved through discussions and feedback from clinical educators, employers, advisory committee members and students to assure the curriculum content is contemporary. For the physical therapist assistant to provide care in an ethical, safe and effective manner it is essential to understand the academic concepts and principles from which interventions and procedures are developed.
The student will have opportunities to practice skills and procedures in lab and through clinical education opportunities under the supervision of faculty and clinical educators. The opportunity to acquire this knowledge and skill set is through classroom theory, laboratory practice and in clinical education.
The curriculum is designed to advance students from foundational knowledge to application of the learned skills upon graduation as entry-level practitioners. Information taught in general education courses will be more developed in the technical education courses and effective communication skills will be practiced throughout. The courses will prepare students to understand theory, think independently and develop problem solving skills. The Program aims to foster an atmosphere where students feel respected and supported to pursue personal and lifelong professional learning.