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