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Physical Therapist Assistant - Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, health care delivery personnel, and others in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner.
  • Recognize individual and cultural differences and respond appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  • Exhibit conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of society receiving health care services and members of the profession of physical therapy.
  • Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
  • Communicate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes.
  • Demonstrate competence in implementing and adjusting selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care.
  • Adjust interventions within the plan of care and report this and any changes in patient’s status to the physical therapist.
  • Recognize when intervention should not be provided due to changes in the patient’s status and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
  • Recognize when the direction to perform an intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for a physical therapist assistant and initiate clarification with the physical therapist.
  • Participate in educating and providing patient-related instruction to patients, family members, and caregivers based on the plan of care.
  • Complete thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely, and legible documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, the practice setting and other regulatory agencies.
  • Participate in discharge planning and follow-up as directed by the supervising PT.
  • Read and understand health care literature.
  • Educate others about the role of the physical therapist assistant and in physical therapy related topics using appropriate materials and techniques.
  • Participate in administrative functions within a physical therapy service, including billing and reimbursement and quality assurance.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and commitment to social responsibility, citizenship, and advocacy.
  • Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities for the physical therapist assistant.
  • Demonstrate competency in the use of information technology.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of health promotion and wellness.

Deborah Molnar, PT, DPT, MSEd
PTA Program Director
(315) 386-7394