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Program Goals and Objectives

  1. The PTA program will prepare graduates to provide selected physical therapy services in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
    • Graduates will pass the national physical therapist assistant licensure exam.
    • Graduates will competently perform selected interventions and data collection techniques within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
    • Graduates will act in a manner consistent with legal practice standards, institutional regulations and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.
    • Graduates will work cooperatively with other members of the health care delivery team; patients and clients; and the patient/client’s family and caregivers.
  2. The PTA program will positively impact the regional community by providing an educational program that will prepare students for employment as entry-level physical therapist assistants.
    • Program admission and enrollment processes will support the mission of the program and reflect regional workforce needs.
    • Graduates will be employed in a variety of physical therapy settings.
  3. The PTA program will provide students with an outstanding education experience with highly qualified faculty, appropriate and stimulating curricula, necessary resources, and outstanding clinical experiences.
    • The PTA program will maintain highly qualified faculty to educate and evaluate students in the program.
    • The PTA faculty will develop and implement curricula that will adequately prepare students for clinical experiences and future employment as physical therapist assistants.
    • The PTA program will work with qualified clinical faculty to provide students with relevant and diverse clinical experiences.
    • The PTA program will work with PSU administration, admissions, library services, academic support services, and other support services to develop policies and practices and provide resources that are beneficial to the PTA students and faculty.The PTA program will operate with integrity, in accordance with Penn State policies and CAPTE guidelines.

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