It is the vision of Spokane Falls Community College to foster the love and pursuit of knowledge and truth while offering
students the means to achieve personal fulfillment and resources for living responsibly as members of the world community. It
is in support of this vision that the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will strive to present each student with the
educational opportunities required to become a valuable and contributing member of the health care team. It is the intent of
the program to provide a broad range of educational experiences that will enable the graduate to have the skills and knowledge
of an entry-level physical therapist assistant capable of working in the variety of clinical settings that provide physical
therapy services. The curriculum will reflect a clinical focus in learning experiences and the development of skills
commensurate with current standards of practice. The program will promote the learning and provision of quality patient care
and instill a commitment to life-long learning and excellence in the practice of health care.
Prior to entry into this educational program, the student will demonstrate academic competence and an understanding of the
scope of the profession of physical therapy. The procedures applied in student selection, evaluation, and retention will not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or marital
status. The faculty recognizes the student as an adult learner and as such expects the student to take responsibility for their
own learning experience. Further, the student will be treated as a colleague and expected to demonstrate professional
characteristics that include honesty, dedication, preparedness, understanding, and a respect for the rights and dignity of
The faculty will challenge the student for excellence and provide support to ensure success. Through community involvement, the
faculty will promote the appropriate utilization of skilled physical therapist assistants. In collaboration with the therapy
community, the faculty makes a commitment to a dynamic process of providing curriculum development, clinical education, and an
ongoing review of the program’s philosophy, goals, and objectives.
It is beyond the scope and purpose of this program to prepare students for entrance into a professional physical therapist
educational program. It is the responsibility of a physical therapist assistant to seek professional development and growth
opportunities and it is the individual’s obligation to uphold the dignity and honor of the profession through one’s thoughts,
words, and actions.