To help meet the healthcare needs of the community the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Sacramento City College provides a comprehensive educational program that prepares a diverse student population for practice as licensed physical therapist assistants.
The goals of the program are:
- The program will offer a curriculum with learning opportunities that meet current professional standards of excellence, and non-traditional scheduling of classes to enhance accessibility.
- The program faculty will be committed to providing a supportive learning environment where all individuals are valued, and life-long education is encouraged.
- The program will produce graduates who contribute to their communities as competent, safe, and caring members of the health care team who practice under the supervision of a physical therapist.
Program Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes
- The program will offer a curriculum that is sequential and integrated and that reflects contemporary physical therapist assistant practice.
- The program will participate in recruitment and retention activities designed to attract and support a diverse student population.
- The program will engage in regular self-assessment for continuous quality improvement.
- The program will employ faculty who demonstrate current knowledge in the areas they teach and who are committed to the education of physical therapist assistant students.
- The program will provide a variety of types of sites for clinical education to facilitate development of student competence.
- The program will provide learning experiences that lead students to attainment of student learning outcomes that represent entry-level competency.
Upon completion of the physical therapist assistant program the student will be able to:
- demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of basic anatomy and biomechanics to the study of normal and abnormal human movement
- discuss etiology, signs, symptoms, prognosis, and general treatment of selected disorders commonly seen in physical therapy.
- demonstrate understanding of the theoretical basis of modalities and procedures used in physical therapy interventions.
- perform in a safe manner that minimizes risk to patients, self, and others.
- conduct self in a responsible manner.
- interact with others in a respectful manner.
- adhere to ethical standards for practice.
- adhere to legal standards for practice, with recognition of the roles and responsibilities of physical therapist assistants in the health care delivery system.
- communicate in ways that are congruent with situational needs.
- produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
- deliver established patient care to reflect respect for and sensitivity to individual differences.
- participate in status judgments within the clinical environment based on the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
- obtain accurate information by performing selected delegated data collection consistent with the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
- discuss the need for modifications to the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
- perform physical therapy interventions in a technically competent manner.
- educate others (patients, families, caregivers, staff, students, other healthcare providers) using relevant and effective teaching methods.
- participate in activities addressing quality of service delivery.
- participate in addressing patient needs for services other than physical therapy.
- manage resources (e.g. time, space, and equipment) to achieve the goals of the clinical setting.
- participate in fiscal management of the physical therapy clinical setting.
- interact with physical therapy aides and other support personnel according to legal standards and ethical guidelines.
- implement a self-directed plan for career development and lifelong learning.
- assist the physical therapist in addressing primary and secondary prevention needs of individuals and groups, for example, in public relations activities.