Mission Statement, Goals, and Competencies

Mission Statement
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program will produce entry-level practitioners who obtain licensure as physical therapist assistants, perform safe and ethical interventions under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, and possess background knowledge and skills which will serve as the foundation for further development of technical expertise and understanding of the overall health context in which they perform.

Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

Goals
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program curriculum is designed to enable the graduate to:

  1. Graduate from the program as an entry-level practitioner.
  2. Pass the national licensure examination and become a licensed physical therapist assistant.
  3. Be productive in employment.
  4. Work safely, ethically and effectively as a physical therapist assistant.
  5. Demonstrate lifelong learning behaviors.

Objectives
1. Graduate from the program as an entry-level practitioner.

Objective:Ninety percent of the physical therapist assistant students have an aggregate score of 95 or above for their clinical performance by the end of Clinical III.

2. Pass the national licensure examination and become a licensed physical therapist assistant.

Objective:Ninety-five percent of the students completing the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will pass the national licensure examination and 50 percent of the students will perform at or exceed the national level.

3. Be productive in employment.

Objective:Eighty percent of the graduates will be employed as a physical therapist assistant within six months of graduation.

4. Work safely, ethically, and effectively as a physical therapist assistant.

Objective:Eighty percent of the greater Tulsa area employers of physical therapist assistant graduates of Tulsa Community College will rate their performance as safe, effective and ethically sound.

5. Demonstrate lifelong learning skills.

Objective:Eighty percent of the greater Tulsa area employers of physical therapist assistant graduates of Tulsa Community College will report that these graduates have contributed to the advancement of the profession through a participation in continuing education programs, teaching research, and serving in/with organizations concerned with health policy and planning.

Competencies
Upon completion of the TCC PTA program, having maintained a minimum of a 2.8 GPA for each semester in the program with all PTA courses, a graduate:

  1. Performs in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patient, self and others.

  2. Adheres to legal and ethical standards.

  3. Produces documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
  4. Delivers established patient care to reflect respect for and sensitivity to individual differences.

  5. Participates in patient status judgments within the clinical environment based on the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  6. Obtains accurate information by performing selected data collection consistent with the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

  7. Discusses the need for modifications to the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

  8. Performs physical therapy interventions in a technically competent manner.

  9. Educates others (patients, family, caregivers, staff, students, other health care providers) using relevant and effective teaching methods.
  10. Participates in activities addressing quality of service delivery.

  11. Participates in addressing patient needs for services other than physical therapy.

  12. Manages resources (e.g., time, space and equipment) to achieve goals of the clinical setting.

  13. Participates in fiscal responsibility in the physical therapy clinical setting.

  14. Understands the roles and utilization of supportive personnel according to legal and ethical guidelines.

  15. Is enabled toward developing a self-directed plan for career development and lifelong learning.

  16. Conducts one’s self in a manner in keeping with the list of generic abilities as presented in the PTA Student Handbook to include:
  17. Commitment to Learning
  18. Problem Solving

  19. Interpersonal Skills
  20. Professionalism

  21. Communication Skills
  22. Responsibility

  23. Effective use of Time and Resources
  24. Critical Thinking

  25. Use of Constructive Feedback
  26. Stress Management

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