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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Mission

The Physical Therapist Assistant program prepares students to be competent, professional physical therapist assistants who value the differences and needs of every individual. Program graduates are ready to enter the workforce 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 differences and needs.
  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. Competence
    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.
  2. Professional Behaviors
    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.
  3. Sensitivity to Differences
    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 differences and needs.
  4. Student Support and Achievement
    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 graduate exit survey that clinical education faculty provided a supportive learning environment.
    3. The graduation rate, averaged over two years, will meet or exceed 60%.
    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.
  5. Faculty Excellence
    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 2019 and 2020.

Employment: 93.75% of graduates actively seeking employment were employed within one year of graduation.

Licensing Examination: Two-year overall pass rate is 100%; first time pass rate is 90.5%

Graduation Rate: Two-year average for students graduating in 150% time is 71.4%.

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