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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Mission

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to be competent, professional, culturally sensitive physical therapist assistants who are ready to enter the work force or pursue additional educational opportunities. The program provides a quality education in a supportive learning environment, encouraging students to reach their highest potential.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM GOALS

  1. Graduates will demonstrate competent physical therapy practice.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate professional behaviors expected of the physical therapist assistant.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to individual and cultural differences.
  4. Faculty will set high academic standards in a supportive learning environment to facilitate student achievement of educational and career goals.
  5. Faculty will role model lifelong learning by participation in professional development activities that inform their teaching.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM OUTCOMES

    1. 90% of students will achieve entry level on CPI criterion 1, 7-13 by their final clinical experience.
    2. 90% of employers surveyed will indicate that graduates demonstrate competent clinical practice.
    1. 90% of students will achieve entry level on CPI criterion 2 and 3 by their final clinical experience.
    2. 90% of employers surveyed will indicate that graduates demonstrate expected professional behaviors.
    1. 90% of students will achieve entry level on CPI criterion 4 by their final clinical experience.
    2. 90% of employers surveyed will indicate that graduates demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to individual and cultural difference.
    1. 90% of students will indicate on the graduate exit survey that program faculty provided a supportive learning environment.
    2. 90% of students will indicate on the Clinical Site Eval that clinical education faculty provided a supportive learning environment.
    3. 60% of students admitted to the program will graduate within two years.
    4. The two year licensing examination pass rate will meet or exceed 85%.
    5. 100% of students will receive mentoring by program faculty for educational and career planning.
    1. Core faculty will participate in at least one professional development activity annually that relates to assigned curricular content.
    2. Core faculty will participate in at least one professional development activity annually that relates to teaching and learning.

CURRENT OUTCOMES

Outcome data is reported as an average of two graduating classes of students. The outcomes provided below reflect graduation cohorts for 2016 and 2017.

Employment: 96% of graduates actively seeking employment were employed within one year of graduation.

Licensing Examination: Two year overall pass rate is 93.33%

Graduation Rate: Two-year average for students graduating within 2 years is 65.3%.

ACCEPTANCE/MATRICULATION RATES

In Fall 2018, 93% of qualified applicants were offered admission to the program; 68% enrolled in the PTA program.

Deborah Molnar, PT, DPT, MSEd
PTA Program Director
(315) 386-7394
molnard@canton.edu