Mission and Student Outcomes
The mission of the South College PTA Program is to develop knowledgeable, motivated, competent professionals who have the skills necessary to meet the career demands of an entry-level physical therapist assistant and, thereby, serve the diverse needs of their communities. A comprehensive curriculum is maintained, which includes verifying the competence and professionalism of our students. To promote an optimal educational experience for all students, contemporary and diverse teaching methods, including the use of evidenced-based practice, are utilized. As role models those involved with the program strive to exhibit the professional attributes expected in the physical therapy profession.
- New graduates will be considered “Entry-Level” competent physical therapist assistants who work under the supervision of physical therapists.
- Students/graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
- Students/graduates will implement appropriate physical therapy treatments based on the plan of care established by a licensed physical therapist and supported by evidenced-based practice
- Students/graduates will understand the role of the physical therapist assistant and work in a manner consistent with their state practice act and APTA’s Code of Ethics and Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant.
- Students/graduates will pass the national physical therapist assistant licensure exam.
- The program will maintain a comprehensive curriculum developed and taught by qualified faculty in accordance with accreditation standards.
- Faculty will continually develop and improve a comprehensive didactic curriculum that utilizes evidence-based practices.
- Faculty will continually develop and improve a comprehensive clinical education plan that results in the achievement of “Entry-Level” competency in all areas by graduation.
- The program will maintain adequate physical and monetary resources to facilitate a learning environment.
- The program’s mission, philosophy, goals, and objectives will be consistent with those of the college.
- The program, through its faculty and students, will show a commitment to the private and professional communities through activities of continuing education, service, and advocacy for the physical therapy profession.
- The program will provide faculty with professional development opportunities relevant to their topics of instruction, licensure requirements, areas of weakness noted on assessment tools, and desired areas of professional growth.
- Faculty and students will participate in community service activities.
- Faculty will be advocates for the physical therapy profession.