The Physical Therapist Assistant program is designed to prepare graduates to perform physical therapy procedures and related tasks under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Graduates complete 715 hours of supervised clinical experience that is coordinated with 450 hours of classroom learning. The physical therapist assistant (PTA) performs a variety of treatment procedures in settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, schools, patient homes, sports medicine clinics and private practices. Through the utilization of therapeutic modalities, exercise, and other techniques, physical therapy aids patients in the relief of pain and discomfort as well as assisting the disabled in restoring optimal functioning. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:
Meet the requirements for an Associate of Science degree exhibiting entry level competencies as a physical therapist assistant; be prepared to pass the National Physical Therapy Examination for the Physical Therapist Assistant (NPTEPTA) and gain employment.
Display professional behaviors that are congruent with the core values, standards and ethics of the physical therapy profession.
Demonstrate respect for cultural diversity, lifestyle values and choices of others.
Communicate effectively with clients, family members and other health care providers.
Utilize reflective judgment and problem solving skills and demonstrate participation in professional development opportunities to promote health and wellness.
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