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PTA Program Goals and Outcomes

PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT PROGRAM (PTAP) MISSION/PURPOSE

The mission of the PTAP is to provide a comprehensive education within the scope and practice of the Physical Therapist Assistant, while working within the framework of the philosophy and mission of Stark State College. By utilizing a planned and evaluated curriculum the PTAP will graduate students who will pass the Physical Therapist Assistant licensure examination, meet the need for competent Physical Therapist Assistants, and contribute to the continual upgrading of the practice of Physical Therapy.

GOALS

The goals of the Stark State College (SSC) Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTAP) are as follows:

  1. The PTAP prepares SSC PTA students to pass the Physical Therapist Assistant national licensure exam and the State of Ohio Jurisprudence Examination.
  2. The PTAP instructs and reinforces the concepts of safe, ethical, and legal practice of physical therapy in accordance with the APTA's Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.
  3. The PTAP fosters and promotes the preferred Physical Therapist/Physical Therapist Assistant relationship.
  4. The PTAP instructs SSC PTA students to recognize when treatment interventions and/or modifications are indicated or contraindicated or are outside the scope of Physical Therapist Assistant practice.
  5. The PTAP instructs SSC PTA students in the implementation of a comprehensive treatment plan developed by a Physical Therapist, which includes interventions and data collection that are within the scope of practice of a Physical Therapist Assistant.
  6. The PTAP teaches and reinforces the use of effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication, with patients, family members, caregivers, and other health care providers.
  7. The PTAP instructs SSC PTA students in the process of patient discharge planning and follow up care.
  8. The PTAP teaches SSC PTA students to recognize and respect individual, cultural, and economic differences.
  9. The PTAP fosters and promotes awareness of the value of lifelong learning, professional growth, and professional involvement.

EXPECTED PROGRAM OUTCOMES

The Stark State College (SSC) Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTAP) prepares entry level Physical Therapist Assistants to:

  1. Perform in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patient, self, and others.
  2. Conduct self in a responsible manner.
  3. Interact with others in a respectful manner.
  4. Adhere to ethical standards.
  5. Adhere to legal standards.
  6. Communicate in ways that are congruent with situational needs.
  7. Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
  8. Deliver patient care that demonstrates respect for and sensitivity to individual differences.
  9. Participate in clinical problem solving based on the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  10. Obtain accurate information by performing selected data collection consistent with the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  11. Discuss the need for modifications to the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  12. Perform physical therapy interventions in a technically competent manner.
  13. Manage resources to achieve goals of the clinical setting.

(Adapted from Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument, APTA, 1998)