Physical Therapist Assistant

Student and Graduate Goals and Outcomes

  1. Students admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program will graduate as entry- level physical therapist assistants who provide services in a variety of patient care settings under the supervision of a physical therapist.
  2. Students demonstrate professional behaviors including effective communication, commitment to learning, critical thinking, responsibility and therapeutic presence.
  3. Graduates will obtain employment as physical therapist assistants.
  4. Graduates will practice within ethical standards and deliver therapy services in a competent, caring and compassionate manner.

Program and Faculty Goals

  1. The PTA program enrollment, admission process, criteria and prerequisites ensure that the program admits and graduates students consistent with the program mission and goals. The program enrollment reflects the available resources, program outcomes and workforce needs.
  2. The Program’s budget and resources are adequate, and are sufficient in quantity and quality to enable the program to accomplish its mission and goals and to ensure the continued viability and stability of the program.
  3. The curriculum developed by the faculty is based upon professional standards and contemporary practice which flows from the program mission and goals into a logical progression of course outcomes, learning activities and student assessments. The curriculum contains a variety of effective teaching methods including mechanisms to determine competent and safe progression.
  4. Academic Faculty will model and participate in lifelong learning, promote leadership through involvement in institutional or professional service and have contemporary expertise in assigned teaching areas.
  5. Academic Faculty will demonstrate effectiveness in teaching, revision of curriculum and student assessment.
  6. Clinical Faculty will demonstrate competency and effectiveness as clinical instructors.

Student Outcomes

Year of Graduation Number of Applications Received Total Number of Applicants Accepted (1) Number of Students Matriculated (2) Graduation Rate Licensure Exam Pass Rate (3) Percent of Graduates Employed Within 6 Months Average Hourly Income at 6 Months (4)
2012 85 18 16 93.7% 100% 100% $22.19
2013 72 22 16 87.5% 92.8% 100% $23.38
2014 84 29 24 100% 100% 100% $23.06

(1) Number of applicants who were offered a place in the class (some may not have enrolled).
(2) Applicants who were offered a place in the class who enrolled and began the program.
(3) Pass rate is based on the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy data.
(4) Graduate survey data.