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Physical Therapist Assistant

Program Philosophy
The philosophy of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program addresses the need for the program to be built on a balance of course work in social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, which is appropriate in depth and breadth, to develop the ability in students to think independently, to weigh values, to understand fundamental theory, and to develop skills for clinical practice, including critical thinking and communication. With commitment to a strong competency-based foundation, continued education, and experience, the number of competencies should be adequate for entry-level and those existing competencies develop into proficiencies in a lifelong continuum.

The spirit of this criterion is to assure that students are well prepared in the scientific, technical, and behavioral aspects of physical therapy practice and in the foundational arts and sciences that allow practitioners to be critical thinkers and enlightened decision makers.

Program Mission
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program mission is committed to student learning in order to produce an entry-level physical therapist assistant for the labor market while fostering attitudes toward life long education and development of skills.

Public Comments and Suggestions
The PTA Program at Kaskaskia College welcomes public comment, suggestions, and constructive criticism as part of our continuous assessment process. Community members who do not have formal affiliations with the college or program are welcome to provide feedback according to the following policy/guidelines:
  • Comments must be submitted in writing and signed by the author. Anonymous submissions will not be accepted.
  • The PTA Program Director shall respond to all comments/concerns within 10 academic days.
  • The PTA Program Director shall make the Dean of Career and Technical Education and the Vice President of Instructional Services aware of all comments/concerns voiced by the public.
  • Records of all correspondence will be kept on file for a period of 5 years.
Send Comments To:
Kaskaskia College
PTA Program Director
27210 College Rd..
Centralia, IL 62801

Program Goals
  1. To graduate students who will work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and effective manner
  2. To graduate students who are competent in the implementation of comprehensive treatment plans developed by the physical therapist to meet the needs of the physical therapy practice
  3. To graduate students who will perform appropriate techniques to assist the supervising physical therapist in monitoring and modifying treatment based on the plan of care within the knowledge and limits of practice, and to communicate on a timely basis with the supervising physical therapist about the patient's status
  4. To graduate students who will demonstrate effective written, oral, and nonverbal communication with patients and their families, colleagues, health care providers, and the public
  5. To graduate students who will effectively represent their roles and responsibilities in an ethical manner as physical therapist assistants in the health care delivery system
  6. To graduate students with global awareness and a sense of social responsibility and citizenship while respecting the cultural diversity of others
Program Graduate Outcomes
Graduates of the PTA Program:
  • Administer and provide complex and comprehensive care under the direction and supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist in a variety of settings.
  • Establish and maintain culturally-competent and age-appropriate relationships with patients, families, their significant others, and/or caregivers.
  • Participate in teaching and support of patients, families and other health care providers.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, colleagues and the public via verbal, written and electronic means.
  • Utilize accepted professional standards to document care.
  • Establish collegial relationships with peers and other health care providers.
  • Use critical thinking as a basis for decision making in professional practice.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for professional self-development and continued life-long learning.
  • Practice within the profession’s ethical and legal framework.

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The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kaskaskia College is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street,
Alexandria, Virginia 22314;

Kaskaskia College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participating Institution of the Higher Learning Commission

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

For information about the Kaskaskia College PTA Program please complete the following:

For more information please submit your questions to the Program Coordinator

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