Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Applied Science)Achieve an Associate Degree in as few as 20 months*
Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Applied Science) Mission Statement
The program provides students with diverse training in the classroom and laboratory as well as real-world experiences. Students will acquire the theoretical knowledge, technical skills, critical reasoning, and professional behaviors necessary to obtain entry-level positions as physical therapist assistants. The program prepares students to successfully complete the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE).
Learning Objectives / Instructional Outcomes
The program includes current practice and real-world clinical experiences, preparing the graduate to perform selected interventions and data collection, as well as assess the patient’s/client’s safety and response to interventions. Program graduates will recognize, respect, and act with consideration for individual differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs. Additionally, PTA graduates will effectively communicate with other members of the healthcare delivery team, interact with members of the patient’s/client’s family and caregivers, and work cooperatively with other healthcare providers. In collaboration with the Physical Therapist, PTA graduates will participate in the education of other healthcare providers, patients/clients and their families or primary caregivers, as well as the community.