Mar 19, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Chair: Christopher Stewart

Program Director: Christopher Stewart

Mission Statement

The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to develop skillful, knowledgeable, and professional clinicians who believe that the highest quality of care and traditional Seventh-day Adventist values direct their clinical decision-making while serving the diverse needs of the community.

Program Outcomes

The graduate will:

  1. Demonstrate a proficient level of knowledge and skills appropriate for the safe and effective practice as a physical therapist assistant and as a member of the healthcare team.
  2. Provide physical therapy interventions and services under the direction and supervision of licensed physical therapists in a variety of settings.
  3. Exhibit ethical behavior consistent with legal and professional standards when interacting with instructors, classmates, patients/clients, family members, and clinical personnel.
  4. Demonstrate compassion and respect for individuals from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds encountered through daily patient care and co-worker interactions.
  5. Demonstrate the significance of the interrelationship between physical, mental, social, and spiritual concerns when addressing the needs of patients/clients and others.

Professional Accreditation

Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone, 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

Southern Adventist University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. The program is planning to submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage, on December 1, 2017. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Associate Program

The enrollment and completion of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southern Adventist University will result in the acquisition of an associates of science in Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Upon achievement of this degree, the individual can seek approval to sit for the national PTA licensing examination. This is an online, computer-based test which is administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Along with this process, candidates must apply to the state board of physical therapy within the state of practice and pass the state practice law exam (Jurisprudence exam).

Admission Requirements

Enrollment in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is highly competitive. Therefore, participants are selected through a selection process contained in the admission requirements listed below. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. The admissions committee consider science GPA, non-science GPA, completion of course requirements, interview, essay, recommendations, and work experience.

Minimum requirements for admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are as follows:

  1. Acceptance to Southern Adventist University.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required academic prerequisites (science and non-science minimum GPA of 2.50).
  3. Minimum grade of 78% in BIOL 101 , BIOL 102 , PHYS 128 , and MATH 215 .
  4. Application must be submitted by September 1 for consideration.
  5. Personal admissions interview with faculty member.
  6. Satisfactory writing assessment done at time of admissions interview.
  7. Documentation of observation hours completed in a PT clinic setting (minimum 80 hours).
  8. Work experience in a PT setting is recommended but not required.
  9. Signing an agreement to uphold the university mission statement.
  10. Letters of recommendation (minimum 3).

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