PTA Program Mission and Goals

Program Mission

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

  1. The program will offer a curriculum that is sequential and integrated and that reflects contemporary physical therapist assistant practice.
  2. The program will participate in recruitment and retention activities designed to attract and support a diverse student population.
  3. The program will engage in regular self-assessment for continuous quality improvement.
  4. 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.
  5. The program will provide a variety of types of sites for clinical education to facilitate development of student competence.
  6. 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.