Physical Therapist Assistant

  • Credits: 72
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Information

PTA Program Mission Statement
The Northland Community and Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant Program exists to prepare competent, ethical, and self-directed health care practitioners. The program is committed to excellence in education and utilizes a variety of integrated classroom, laboratory, and clinical learning activities. Graduates will meet the diverse needs of employers and the community while providing high quality patient care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

PTA Program Philosophy
The PTA program is dedicated to fostering a quality learning environment through its partnerships with students, clinical education affiliates, and other educational institutions

The PTA program realizes the importance of utilizing a variety of instructional methods to include the learning styles of all students. The curriculum is designed to advance students from initial exposure of material within classroom and laboratory settings to full integration within the clinical education environment

The PTA program values an integrated curriculum which allows the students the opportunity to apply knowledge in clinical situations throughout the program

The PTA program understands the challenges of the healthcare environment and is committed to preparing graduates with the adaptability to succeed in a variety of physical therapy practice settings


PTA Program Goals
1. Deliver an integrated academic program leading to licensure/credentials to practice as an entry level physical therapist assistant.

2. Provide students a curriculum consistent with the guidelines of Northland Community and Technical College, Minnesota State, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), which constitutes current content appropriate for an entry-level physical therapist assistant.

3. Maintain a current, evidence-based curriculum based upon input from the PTA advisory committee, academic faculty, and clinical instructors.

4. Establish and maintain effective channels of communication with clinical education sites, national and state professional agencies, accrediting agencies, and other regional physical therapy educational programs.

5. Promote the importance of continuing personal and professional development through life-long learning opportunities and membership in professional organizations.


1.7 Program Objectives

Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be able to:

1. work under the supervision of a physical therapist in an ethical, legal, safe, and professional manner.

2. implement a comprehensive treatment plan developed by a physical therapist promoting optimal outcomes for patients.

3. recognize the relationship between concepts learned from liberal arts and basic science coursework and physical therapy knowledge and skills.

4. demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication in a culturally competent manner with patients and their families, colleagues, other health care provider, and the public.

5. interact skillfully with patients across the life span.

6. demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and life-long learning.


PTA Program Student Outcomes
Employment rate definition: Employment as a PTA within one year of graduation for graduates seeking employment.

Two-year Graduation Rate (2015 & 2016): 77.8%
Two-year Employment Rate (2015 & 2016): 100%
Two-year Licensure Exam Pass Rate (2015 & 2016): 92.9%

Licensure Examination Pass Rates (by Year of Graduation)
2016: 86.7%
2015: 100%
2014: 100%
2013: 92.3%
2012: 92.3%
2011: 100%
2010: 92.9%
2009: 71.4%

Cohorts below are listed by starting year of program

2016 Cohort
Admissions information: 34 applicants with 27 students meeting program admission criteria
Graduation Rate: N/A
Graduate Employment Rate: N/A

2015 Cohort
Admissions information: 41 applicants with 27 students meeting program admission criteria
Graduation Rate: N/A
Graduate Employment Rate: N/A

2014 Cohort
Admissions information: 52 applicants with 44 students meeting program admission criteria
Graduation Rate: 83.3%
Graduate Employment rate: 100%

2013 Cohort
Admissions information: 49 applicants with 41 students meeting program admission criteria
Graduation rate: 77.8%
Graduate Employment rate: 100%

2012 Cohort
Admissions information: 38 applicants with 33 students meeting program admission criteria
Graduation rate: 88.9%
Employment rate: 100%

2011 Cohort
Admissions information: 48 applicants with 33 applicants meeting program admissions criteria
Graduation rate: 72.2%
Employment rate: 100%

2010 Cohort
Admissions information: 40 applicants with 33 applicants meeting program admissions criteria
Graduation rate: 72.2%
Graduate Employment rate: 100%

2009 Cohort
Admissions information: 37 applicants with 28 applicants meeting program admissions criteria
Graduation rate: 75%
Graduate Employment rate: 100%

2008 Cohort
Admissions information: 30 applicants with 26 applicants meeting program admissions criteria
Graduation rate: 87.5%
Graduate Employment rate: 100%

2007 Cohort
Admissions information: 28 applicants with 18 applicants meeting program admissions criteria
Graduation rate: 87.5%
Graduate Employment rate: 100%



Complaints
Complaints regarding the program or the program graduates should be first addressed to the PTA Program Director. Unresolved complaints or complaints about the Program Director should be directed to Jodi Stauss-Stassen, MS, RN, Dean of Allied Health & Nursing. Ms. Stauss-Stassen's email address is Jodi.Stassen@northlandcollege.edu and her phone number is 218-793-2539. All complaints will be documented, including the projected outcome, and kept on file at the program facility. Complaints regarding Accreditation of this program should be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. This Commission is located at 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314.