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Program Goals

Teaching and Learning

University Strategic Theme University Strategic Opportunities PTA Program Goals PTA Program Objectives
To be widely recognized as an exemplary public university committed to student success and excellence in teaching and learning Immersive Technology Promote Life-long Learning Provide Life-Long Learning Offer new academic programs Proactively address state mandates.

1. To graduate entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants who demonstrate technical competence, sound clinical decision making skills, and provide safe and effective healthcare to clients from diverse backgrounds.

2. To prepare physical therapist assistants to act in the best interest of the client while working collaboratively as a member of the healthcare team while practicing in an ethical and safe manner within the practice as defined by the profession and licensure requirements.

3. To prepare physical therapist assistants to commit to life-long career development and learning in order to participate in the promotion of the field of physical therapy to better serve communities and consumers.

1. Students will complete all course objectives as mirrored in CAPTE section 3 criteria.

2. Students will complete all clinical performance instrument competencies within 93% of entry-level, as defined within the clinical performance instrument (CPI) for the PTA.

3. Students will assemble a professional portfolio to support their career achievements and promote their involvement in life-long learning and career development.

Growth and Development

University Strategic Theme University Strategic Opportunities PTA Program Goals PTA Program Objectives
To assure the full development of the University through planned enrollment growth and wise investment in educational initiatives. Increase enrollment in undergraduate and graduate programs. Respond selectively to opportunities for growth and expansion of academic programs. Improve graduation and completion rates of students significantly. Improve institutional procedures through organizational change and continuous attention to student needs and human resource development.

4. To recruit, retain, and graduate students who have the abilities and motivation to be successful as physical therapist assistants.

5. To provide a professional teaching and learning environment that is conducive to achieving student centered goals.

6. Maintain program policy and procedures that meet the needs of the PTA students and stakeholders.

4. Greater than 80% of students enrolled in the PTA program will successfully graduate within 1 ½ times the expected length of matriculation.

5. 85% of graduated students will pass the NPTE-PTA examination on the first attempt.

6.The PTA coursework will contain 100% of the CAPTE criteria for PTA accreditation.

7. Students and Faculty will comply with 100% of PTA program policies and procedures.

Community

University Strategic Theme University Strategic Opportunities PTA Program Goals PTA Program Objectives
To increase opportunities for students, the campus community, and area residents by pursuing joint initiatives with the larger community and by cultivating a shared sense of purpose within the University. Develop student-friendly community. Enhance campus culture and appearance. Increase parent involvement and support. 7. To improve the quality of healthcare delivered to the area residents by recruiting and graduating physical therapist assistants that are capable and motivated to produce ethical, legal and safe healthcare to the region. 8. Students will achieve entry-level or higher regarding professional, safe ethical, and legal criteria (CPI 1-5) in a variety of settings and patient populations.

PTA Expected Student Outcomes

At the completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assisting, the graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate technical competence, sound clinical decision making skills, and provide safe and effective healthcare to clients from diverse backgrounds under the supervision of a physical therapist.

  2. Value caring and respect for the individual needs while acting in the best interest of the client in an ethical and safe manner within the scope of practice as defined by the profession and licensure requirements.

  3. Demonstrate a commit to professional growth through life-long career development and learning in order to participate in the promotion of the field of physical therapy to better serve communities and consumers.

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