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Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
Interim Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Dr. Michael Witte, P.T., D.P.T., ATC/L, CSCS
PH 402.552.3325 TF 800.647.5500
The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Clarkson College utilizes high quality, well-integrated, contemporary curricula to prepare students to deliver professional, ethical, competent and compassionate health care.
The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Clarkson College is designed to give students a diverse educational experience rich in both basic and applied sciences. Students of the program are prepared to work under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and are expected to demonstrate clinical competence, good ethical judgment and compassion in the treatment of patients. The Physical Therapist Assistant program provides an optimal learning environment for preparing students to deliver quality health care in a variety of clinical settings. The program offers a broad educational experience that enables students to apply theoretical learning to clinical practice. Students develop the necessary clinical problem solving and professional skills needed to becoming an integral member of the health care team. Graduates are expected to adhere to all professional and ethical standards set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The program prepares students to help people improve their quality of life, which is consistent with the College mission.
Physical Therapy (PT) is a healing profession. It focuses on the restoration of function, the promotion of physical wellness and a commitment to service to others. Physical therapist assistants are individuals who play an integral role as part of the health care team by assisting the physical therapist in patient care. Involvement with patient care in PT requires an educated individual who demonstrates compassion of others and who places a strong moral value on human life. Physical therapist assistants are influential professionals who advance the field of PT through life long learning as clinic administrators, faculty members, clinical instructors, clinicians and by participating in professional organizations at the state and national levels. They are educationally and technically trained health care professionals concerned with improving the well-being of all, and they are empowered to make a positive difference.
Graduates of the PTA program will:
- Work within the legal guidelines and professional standards for the physical therapist assistant in the delivery of high quality health care under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
- Implement treatment plans and PT interventions under the supervision of a physical therapist.
- Show sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, gender and lifestyle differences.
- Possess the ability to effectively translate theory into practice in order to meet the demands of a dynamic health care system.
- Contribute to the advancement of the profession by participating in research, teaching, continuing education and serving on professional organizations.
- Exhibit good moral and ethical judgment in health care practice and uphold confidentiality of all persons at all times.
PTA in the Profession
Physical therapist assistants are an integral part of the health care team and provide skilled services to individuals across the lifespan. Physical therapist assistants work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, neurological rehabilitation facilities, educational settings and wellness facilities. Under the direction of a Physical Therapist, physical therapist assistants implement numerous interventions, including exercise prescription, therapeutic modalities and mobility training. Whether the patient’s goal is to resume function after an illness or injury or to improve their physical fitness, physical therapist assistants have the skills to help people achieve functional independence and improve quality of life.
Students must meet the criteria for entrance into the College prior to application into either the Traditional or Transfer PTA program options. For information about entrance requirements, refer to the Admissions section. Because class sizes are limited, additional criteria are used to determine admission into the PTA program. Complete details regarding the policies and procedures about admission are available from the Admissions office, the Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant program or on the website in the Admissions section.