Physical Therapist Assistant - Student Learning Outcomes
The curriculum prepares students 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 differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs and respond appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services.
- Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal and ethical.
- Demonstrate safe practice in all situations.
- 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.
- Demonstrate sound clinical problem solving in the provision of physical therapy services.
- Participate in educating and providing patient-related instruction to patients, family members, and caregivers based on the plan of care.
- Complete accurate and timely documentation in accordance with regulatory guidelines to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
- Appropriately utilize evidence based resources in the provision of physical therapy services.
- Participate in activities that contribute to the effective function of the healthcare environment.
- Participate in practice management functions within a physical therapy service, including billing and organizational planning.
- Demonstrate awareness of and commitment to social responsibility, citizenship, and advocacy.
- Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities for the physical therapist assistant.
- Exhibit professional behaviors that are consistent with the expectations of the physical therapy profession.
Deborah Molnar, PT, DPT, MSEd
PTA Program Director