In keeping with the mission of Wharton County Junior College, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program exists to prepare knowledgeable, competent, and caring individuals as entry-level physical therapist assistants. As responsible, productive members of the health care community, graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will meet the diverse needs of employers and citizens within the college service area while providing quality patient care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
Through a program of integrated classroom, laboratory, and clinical education experiences, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is dedicated to providing a student-learning environment that will enhance knowledge, clinical skills, and professional behaviors necessary for passage of the National Physical Therapist Assistant Board Exam.
Furthermore, the program is committed to the development of health care practitioners who appreciate and value differences in age, gender, race, culture and who are dedicated to the safe, legal, and ethical practice of physical therapy, who seek involvement in professional organizations that govern the practice of physical therapy, and who are committed to lifelong learning, research and evidence-based practice.
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior College will:
- Become an integral part of the college community by participating in committee assignments and attending both college and PTA program recruitment activities.
- Identify, recruit, and accept qualified applicants who meet the admission requirements for the PTA Program.
- Provide an organized and sequential comprehensive program curriculum that integrates both didactic and clinical education experiences and is consistent with contemporary PTA practice.
- Provide safe and effective academic and clinical learning environments that promote student success and prepare the students as competent entry-level PTAs.
- Provide academic and clinical faculty who meet the qualifications determined by the PTA Program and who ascribe to the PTA Program “Mission Statement”.
- Maintain safe, state-of-the-art physical therapy equipment that adequately trains students to practice in a contemporary physical therapy clinic.
- Support and maintain accreditation standards of the college and maintain compliance with the standards and Required Elements established by the Commission on Accreditation in Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.
- Contribute to the advancement of physical therapy knowledge and patient care by participating in research and evidence based practice and applying results to the practice of physical therapy.
- Graduate competent, caring individuals who are adequately prepared to pass the national licensure examination and who will effectively represent the program and profession in an ethical manner as physical therapist assistants.
Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Wharton County Junior College will be able to:
- 100% of graduates will successfully pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant Board Exam within one year.
- Integrate concepts and theories of general education background with physical therapy knowledge and practice.
- Work under the supervision of a physical therapist while providing physical therapy services in a safe, legal, and ethical manner.
- Utilize problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the delivery of physical therapy services.
- Work effectively with physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and other health care providers in a variety of clinical settings.
- Effectively implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by the physical therapist to assist patients and/or their families to achieve stated goals and objectives.
- Effectively communicate, either through written, oral, or nonverbal communication, with patients, family members, other health care providers, and the public.
- Demonstrate professional behaviors required for success in the field of physical therapy.
- Respect, value, and appreciate the needs of all people regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, place of national origin, or handicap.
- Uphold the ethical standards of the profession by complying with national and state regulations regarding the practice of physical therapy in all practice settings.
- Remain current with changes in the field of physical therapy and recognize the need for self-assessment, personal and professional growth, along with a commitment to lifelong learning, research and evidence-based practice.
- Promote the continued development of the profession through service organizations and professional organizations, and by being positive role models within the community.