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At the end of the program, the graduate will:

  • Define the scope of practice for PTs and PTAs.
  • Describe basic concepts related to the healthcare delivery system, including the role of other healthcare providers and facilities.
  • Identify principles of levels of authority and responsibility.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts.
  • Recognize and respond to emergencies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of blood-borne diseases, including AIDS.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disease processes and health conditions commonly encountered in physical therapy practice.
  • Describe the anatomical structure, function, and dysfunction of the human body related to the practice of physical therapy.
  • Assist the physical therapist with patient data collection.
  • Assist the physical therapist with therapeutic procedural interventions.
  • Interpret and apply a physical therapist’s plan of care.
  • Demonstrate use of assistive/supportive devices and specialized equipment.
  • Demonstrate competent patient progression within the physical therapist’s plan of care.
  • Demonstrate competency in appropriate documentation of physical therapy treatment.
  • Demonstrate ethical and legal practice as a physical therapist assistant.
  • Demonstrate appropriate communication skills with patients, families, and other healthcare staff.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency in verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Respond to patient’s needs as reflected in the Patient’s Bill of Rights.
  • Teach other health care providers, patients, and families to perform selected treatment procedures and functional activities.
  • Identify and respond to barriers to a patient’s participation in their life role.
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and career development.