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Physical Therapist Assistant - Student Learning Outcomes


  • 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 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
(315) 386-7394