The following statements represent the program philosophy of the PTA faculty and Advisory Committee:
The physical therapist assistant is an integral part of the health care team and provides direct patient care under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The physical therapist assistant may be employed in a variety of settings in which his/her role is to actively assist the physical therapist in the treatment of patients with various impairments and functional limitations. The physical therapist assistant is involved in promoting awareness of the profession and an interdisciplinary approach to health through education of the patient, family and community.
A physical therapist assistant adheres to the Standards of Ethical Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, and Direction and Supervision of the Physical Therapist Assistant set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association and abides by the laws governing practice. The program is committed to instilling in its students a sense of professionalism and clinical excellence.
Learning is a life-long process, resulting in changes in knowledge, behavior, values, and attitudes. Learning takes place most readily when concepts are covered in a logical sequence and progress in difficulty from simple to complex. The ability to learn is influenced by individual life experiences and one’s potential.
Education provides opportunities for the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, the development of psychomotor skills, and the refinement of values and attitudes in support of SABER College’s workforce productivity effort. The student and the instructor are partners in the learning process. The instructor facilitates learning by constructing experiences to promote the achievement of course/program outcomes. The student acquires significant learning through responsible and active participation. Learning should result in the ability to problem solve and think critically. Student educational achievement is evaluated by measurement of the attainment of course and program outcomes.
Learning is more likely to occur in an atmosphere in which students feel respected and accepted. Positive feedback and success build confidence in the learner and encourage further learning.
Physical therapist assistant education responds to the changes in healthcare and incorporates those changes into its curriculum, allowing the graduate to meet the needs of the healthcare consumer. In response to changing health-care patterns, physical therapist assistant education and community agencies collaborate to form partnerships for the education of the entry-level PTA.
Physical therapist assistant education should provide a curriculum which is broad based, both enriching life and serving as a basis for further study. A scientifically based curriculum coupled with a strong clinical component and emphasizing the humanistic aspects of physical therapy is necessary to give the students the foundation they require to provide quality health care and thereby fulfill the needs of the community. Individuals who meet the educational requirements of the program will be eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination (NPTAE) for Physical Therapist Assistants upon graduation and will be prepared to competently provide interventions within a plan of care at the entry level.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is dedicated to utilizing community resources and values active input from the community it serves. The clinical component of the program will provide a variety of clinical experiences that will broaden vocational options and enhance the students’ personal, social, cultural, and intellectual growth.