Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Philosophy

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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 others.

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.

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