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Program Information


In keeping with the institutional mission of excellence the Hutchinson Community College (HCC) Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program will provide a high-quality education program that graduates individuals who are competent and qualified to assume this role within the community.


The HutchCC PTA program will provide to its stake-holders the following goals:

  • State-of-the-art classrooms, simulation labs, and learning resource facilities that enhance the student attainment of knowledge and skills needed.
  • Clinical sites that allow students the opportunity to acquire the competence in the daily work of the PTA.
  • Graduate individuals who can perform the technical aspect of clinical work in a safe efficient manner; who can communicate in a clear and understandable way; who conduct themselves within the ethical and legal framework of the progressing; and who embrace the value of life-long learning.
  • Employ qualified faculty and clinicians who are dedicated to providing relevant practice experiences and who remain current in the field of physical therapy.

Our Philosophy

The faculty believes physical therapy is an integral and dynamic part of health care and that the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is a valuable part of the health care team.
A Physical Therapist Assistant requires specialized skills and knowledge with which he/she is able to work in a safe, effective, ethical and legal manner under the direction of a Physical Therapist.
A Physical Therapist Assistant should be able to not only treat the injury or illness, but also be able to show compassion and caring in interactions with patients, families, health care team, and his/her community.
The faculty believes each student is unique related to their learning needs and potential for learning and our responsibility is to provide opportunities for students to obtain the necessary entry level knowledge and skills to be successful in a variety of settings. As licensure is required to work in physical therapy, the faculty believes the educational opportunities provided within the curriculum will prepare students to be successful on the licensure examination.

Program Outcomes

The PTA comprehensive curriculum plan includes student-centered learning experiences designed to assist the student in developing terminal competencies. These experiences have been selected and organized in a logical manner allowing the graduate to function in the PTA role upon graduation.  Graduates from the program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communicating skills with patients, families, caregivers and the health care team.
  • Exhibit professional behaviors and conduct that reflects physical therapy practice.
  • Demonstrate effective clinical decision making in order to implement and adjust interventions as directed by a physical therapist within the plan of care and report changes to the physical therapist.
  • Collect appropriate data to determine readiness for and response to interventions.
  • Provide interventions in a safe and effective manner as directed by the physical therapist in the plan of care following legal and ethical guidelines.
  • Document interventions and data collection findings accurately to meet the professional guidelines within the physical therapy setting.
  • Effectively educate others using teaching methods based upon the needs of the individual to include the role of the physical therapist assistant.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and life-long learning.

Comments & Critiques

We welcome input from all communities in our effort to enhance the HutchCC's PTA program. As such, any community member may comment or critique HutchCC's Physical Therapist Assistant program and the program's students and graduates. Those who are not a HutchCC student, faculty or clinical educator should utilize the following procedures.

  1. Comments must be provided in writing and signed by the author. Anonymous submissions nor written comments provided on behalf of an anonymous source will not be acknowledged.
  2. Comment should be submitted to:

Hutchinson Community College

PTA Program Director

815 N. Walnut


Hutchinson, KS 67502

 3.  The PTA Program Director responds to all comments within 7 days to further discuss and resolve the issue. If satisfactory resolution cannot be reached or if addressing complaints  regarding the program director, then complaints should be submitted to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. 

4.  Records of all correspondence is maintained by the Program Director for three years.


"Hutchinson Community College has been granted Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:" If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 620-665-3396 or email