Physical Therapist Assistant Program Mission
The Physical Therapist Assistant program serves to prepare students for rewarding careers as competent entry level physical therapist assistants. The program provides a supportive learning environment which fosters development of the core values of the physical therapy profession as students prepare to function as integral members of the health care team in an ever changing technological society.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM GOALS
- To provide academic and clinical environments that allow students to obtain knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level practice as a PTA, including technological skills needed to function in the health care field.
- To set high academic standards, in the classroom and clinic, to prepare students to be successful on the national licensing examination.
- Actively promote the development of values-based behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant through continuous self-assessment and activities integrated throughout the technical course work and clinical experiences.
- Provide experiences that will allow students to develop an appreciation for their role as members of a health care community that promotes health and well-being for society.
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM OUTCOMES
- Licensing Examination: The three year pass rate for program graduates will meet or exceed 80%.
- Graduation Rate: 70% of students admitted to the program will graduate within three years.
- Employment Rate: 90% of graduates will be employed within six months of passing the national licensing examination and/or pursuing further post secondary education.
- Technology: 90% of employers will rate graduates as competent in computer and other current technology as it relates to the physical therapy environment.
- Health Promotion: 90% of graduates and employers of graduates will report graduate participation in health promotion activities.
- Professional Behaviors: 90% of employers will report that graduates demonstrate appropriate professional behaviors.
- Physical Therapy Interventions: 90% of employers will rate graduates as competent in performing physical therapy interventions.
- Physical Therapy Data Collection: 90% of employers will rate graduates as competent in performing physical therapy data collection.
Outcome data is reported as an average of three graduating classes of students. The outcomes provided below reflect graduation cohorts for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Employment: 96% of graduates actively seeking employment were employed within 6 months of passing the licensing examination.
Licensing Examination: Three year overall pass rate is 88.3%.
Graduation Rate: Three-year average for students graduating within a 3 year period is 64.8%.
In Fall 2014, 81% of qualified applicants were offered admission to the program; 59% enrolled in the PTA program.
Deborah Molnar, PT, DPT, MSEd
PTA Program Director