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 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 measurement 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.