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Mission Statement

The mission of the PTA program at Mont Alto is to graduate knowledgeable, competent, versatile, and service-oriented physical therapist assistants. The PTA program prepares its graduates to assume responsibility as entry-level physical therapist assistants who perform interventions under the direct supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner. The PTA Program is committed to providing high quality education in a supportive learning environment through the teaching and service of the faculty and staff and state-of-the-art facilities and learning technologies.


Philosophy Statement

The PTA program faculty is committed to a high standard of educational excellence while promoting learner responsibility, effective communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. We strive to educate entry-level PTA practitioner generalists who adhere to professional, ethical, and legal guidelines of the profession to serve our communities. We promote the Penn State Principles of respect, academic integrity, and responsibility to encourage personal and academic excellence.


Student education will be focused on the theory, knowledge, and clinical skills essential to the entry level PTA. The foundation for the education of the PTA students is based on criteria and performance expectations described in A Normative Model of Physical Therapists Education: Version 2007 by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


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