The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant program is to graduate exceptional physical therapist assistants by providing educational opportunities for students who will graduate and be able to provide efficient and effective delivery of interventions as directed by a physical therapist to patients, clients and/or citizens of the community, in order to improve their functional abilities and to promote health and wellness.
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program prepares individuals to provide physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of physical therapists in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program are expected to be knowledgeable, competent, self-assured, adaptable, and service-oriented providers. They are expected to implement selected components of patient/ client interventions and obtain data related to the clients' responses to the interventions. Practice settings demand ethical and moral conduct and a high degree of critical thinking, especially when responding to patient/client and/or environmental emergency situations. As a result, the PTA will be able to communicate and interact effectively with patients'/clients' families and caregivers and other health care providers as team members.
Matriculation rates for the first four years of the program are as follows: For 2009, the applicant pool was 44 and 18 were selected for admission; for 2010, the applicant pool was 42 and 20 were selected for admission; for 2011 the applicant pool was 43 and 20 were selected; for 2012 the applicant pool was 45 and 20 were selected.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia; Phone: 703-706-3241; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA Student Outcomes
PTA Program Public Comment/Complaint Policy