Program Learning Outcomes

    Students are expected to learn the following within the Physical Therapist Assistant Program:

    Physical Therapy Services

    • Explain the structure and function of a normal human body.

    • Apply knowledge of the structure and function of the normal human body, while delivering patient care within an established plan of care.

    • Perform safe, effective, and entry-level physical therapy services (such as assisted movement, exercise treatment and heat/cold therapy) under the guidance of a physical therapist.

    • Interpret and implement a treatment plan.

    • Educate the client or caregiver in therapeutic exercise, functional training in self-care, and work integration and reintegration.

    • Explain the options available in the field of physical therapy.

    • Identify the activities necessary for acquiring and maintaining licensure and continuing competence.

    • Seek input from the Physical Therapist to modify physical therapy interventions according to patient response or change in status.

    • Write and verbally report comprehensive, accurate, organized and timely patient communications that meet the legal requirements of the profession.

    • Adhere to conduct and ethical behavior as described in the Standards for Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.

    • Show respect for differences encountered in interactions with individuals from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

    • Use critical thinking skills as demonstrated through sound clinical judgments and practices.