PTA Learning Outcomes

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Learning Outcomes: Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.)

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program outcomes integrate the learning outcomes of the Finlandia Plan and the performance criteria of the American Physical Therapy Association's Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument. At completion of the program the student will demonstrate the following:

1. The PTA graduate possesses the necessary entry level technical skills to practice as a physical therapist assistant in a variety of practice settings.

2. The PTA graduate applies knowledge of basic sciences and PT theory to the application and appropriate modification of selected PT procedures.

3. The PTA graduate communicates effectively with patients, supervisors, support personnel and other health care team members using suitable verbal, non-verbal, and written skills.

4. The PTA graduate applies critical/creative thinking and analytical skills to make sound clinical judgments and proposals to enhance patient care.

5. The PTA graduate possesses the necessary professional behaviors to practice as a physical therapist assistant in a variety of practice settings. These behaviors include the following:

  • Commitment to Learning/Use of Constructive Feedback
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving
  • Stress Management /Effective Use of Time and Resources
  • Professionalism/Responsibility

6. The PTA graduate delivers patient care in a respectful manner that reflects sensitivity to individual differences.

7. The PTA graduate is successful in qualifying for licensure/certification/registration where required by state law.