A physical therapist assistant (PTA) is a health care provider who works under the direction of a licensed physical therapist to provide rehabilitative or preventative measures to individuals with physical impairments. The PTA uses exercise, heat, cold, electricity and other sources to assist clients in reaching their full potential. Much of the physical therapist assistant’s time is spent helping patients to relearn activities of daily living.
PTA Program Mission
An individual’s right to respect for personal worth and dignity is matched by a responsibility to use his/her capacity for productivity in making a meaningful contribution to society. When capacity for productivity is restricted by physical impairment of normal function, Physical Therapy may contribute through the delivery of rehabilitative measures to restoring that function or helping the individual to maximize it within the limitations imposed by the impairment.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kellogg Community College will provide an environment and specific learning experiences which will assist students to prepare themselves to contribute to the delivery of quality rehabilitative health care under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist and in the context of a team approach. Educational opportunities will be designed to encourage students to develop the necessary motor skills along with communication, psychosocial support, teamwork, teaching, and problem solving skills related to the delivery of Physical Therapy services. Throughout the program, emphasis will be placed on student awareness and demonstration of professional behaviors, including the need to accept responsibility, to receive and use feedback, to practice ethically and legally and to manage time effectively. Opportunities will also be provided for students to give voluntarily of themselves in both professional and non-professional ways which may touch the lives of others.
Recognizing that both the health care system and the Physical Therapy profession are constantly evolving, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will emphasize the development in students of both specific clinical skills/behaviors and a foundation of knowledge upon which to base sound clinical judgments and to build future learning. In addition, learning experiences will be offered to encourage students to tap the body of professional literature available for their continuing professional growth.
The educational environment which will foster desirable professional qualities and behaviors in students is one which encourages interaction, mutual respect and caring between faculty and students. The most potent teaching tool is the example that is set for students; it is for this reason that evidence of high personal and professional standards, a curiosity and quest for continued learning, a commitment to service, and a recognition of and respect for the personal worth of every human being will be sought and encouraged in the faculty.
PTA Program Goals
At the conclusion of this the PTA Program of study at Kellogg Community College, a PTA graduate will be able to:
- Maintain professional standards of practice and behavior.
- Practice professional ethics.
- Practice within the limits of the law.
- Participate as a health team member.
- Complement the physical therapist in the delivery of physical therapy care.
- Teach physical therapy procedures and rationale.
- Communicate professionally in verbal, nonverbal and written formats.
- Apply theory to clinical practice.
- Observe and react to patient responses.
- Perform standardized data collection procedures.
- Apply interventions incorporating the use of physical agents.
- Administer programs of therapeutic exercise and related manual techniques.
- Train patients in adaptive activities and in the use of assistive devices.
- Suggest rehabilitative modifications/adaptations.
- Apply a working knowledge of precautions, indications and contraindications in the application and modification of physical therapy interventions within the PT plan of care.
- Provide psychosocial support.
- Contribute to the administration of physical therapy service.
- Implement emergency procedures.
- Demonstrate employability skills.
- Undertake independent study for lifelong learning.