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 HCC 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.
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.
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.
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.
interventions in a safe and effective manner as directed by the
physical therapist in the plan of care following legal and ethical
- Document interventions and data collection findings
accurately to meet the professional guidelines within the physical
- 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 HCC's PTA program. As such, any community member may comment or critique HCC's Physical Therapist Assistant program and the program's students and graduates. Those who are not a HCC student, faculty or clinical educator should utilize the following procedures.
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.
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.
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, VA, 22314; phone:
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