Mission and Goals:

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program aims to develop competent paraprofessionals who can offer quality services in their field. It offers a scientific knowledge base, founded on concepts and principles of natural and social sciences and on the humanities in addition to sciences related to physical therapy. It is designed to prepare entry-level paraprofessionals who use knowledge and skills for treatment of individuals whose function is limited or is in danger of being limiting due to some disease or injury.

The Program guides students through the awareness of intervention strategies in the rehabilitation process. Graduates will work under the supervision of a physical therapist in institutions such as general and specialized hospitals; rehabilitation and home care centers; clinics and private offices; schools and industries. In order to practice, graduates must pass the local board exam and obtain a physical therapy assistant license.

  1. The mission is reached through the following goals:
  2.  Demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge, skills, and competence while providing therapeutic intervention in the rehabilitation process.
  3.  Apply critical/creative thinking and analytical skills in the functions delegated and supervised by a Physical Therapist in a variety of practice settings.
  4.  Demonstrate legal and professional behaviors consistent with the practice and the ethical standards established by the American Physical Therapy Association.
  5.  Act responsibly, contribute actively, and respond efficiently as a member of a health care team under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.
  6.  Recognize the value of personal and professional lifelong learning and keep abreast of the technological advancements.
  7.  Effectively communicate with patients, supervisors, support personnel and other health care team members using suitable verbal, non-verbal, and written skills.
  8.  Demonstrate the application of skills and concepts of the Program by passing satisfactorily the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) and the local test.

Non-discrimination Policy

It is the University’s policy to guarantee equal opportunity to all in all its educational programs, services and benefits. The University does not discriminate against anyone because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, physical appearance, political affiliation or any other classification protected by the provisions of Title IX of the Amendments to the Education Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Handicaps Act of 1990 or any other applicable federal or state law or regulation. 

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