Physical Therapist Assistant


PTA Program Goals


The Physical Therapist Assistant Program strives to:

1. recruit and educate students who are interested in the Physical Therapy field to develop the academic, technical, and life skills necessary to gain entry-level employment in the community as licensed Physical Therapist Assistants.

2. establish and enforce program policies and procedures that ensure quality education and preparation for the skills needed to succeed as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistants.

3. prepare a diverse student body with strong critical thinking skills and judgment to practice physical therapy in a safe, ethical, and legal manner.

4. ensure that program students receive educational instruction and content that reflects current physical therapy practice and community standards.

5. provide varied clinical experiences that will prepare students to become competent Physical Therapist Assistants working in the healthcare community under the supervision of the Physical Therapist.

6. promote the philosophy of learning as a lifelong experience as well as a professional responsibility.

7. graduate competent, caring healthcare professionals who have been well-prepared to pass the National Physical Therapy Exam for Physical Therapist Assistants.

Program Outcomes for the Physical Therapist Assistant:
Upon completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Baltimore City Community College, program graduates will

possess the academic, technical, and life skills necessary to gain entry-level employment as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.

possess strong critical thinking skills and judgment to practice physical therapy in a safe, ethical, and legal manner.

be able to provide competent delivery of the Physical Therapy plan of care and maintain effective oral and written communication in a variety of healthcare settings.

demonstrate realistic self-appraisal of personal strengths and limitations of knowledge, and maintain continuing competence of clinical skills by means of continuing education and life-long learning.

be able to educate others about the education, skills training, and role of the Physical Therapist Assistant within the legal constraints of the state practice act.

possess the academic & clinical decision making skills to pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination.