Information for Current Students
PTA graduates will be prepared to function as “entry level” physical therapist assistants. They will participate in the delivery of physical therapy services and practice in a competent, legal and ethical manner. PTA graduates will be independent learners and responsible citizens. They will remain active within the profession and will continue to serve as role models for future students and peers.
The Kent State University PTA graduate will:
1. Practice in an ethical, legal, and safe manner, recognizing his/her competencies and interpreting for others his/her role, responsibilities, and limitations.
2. Effectively participate as a contributing member of a patient-centered health care team.
3. Appropriately communicate with patients and their families to provide psychosocial support and facilitate maximal achievement of mutually valued treatment goals.
4. Discuss normal human growth, development, and function throughout the lifespan; identify the progression and consequences of various pathological conditions on human growth, development, and function throughout the lifespan.
5. Communicate by means of the spoken and written word, and through excellence in clinical practice, knowledge of the scientific rationale, therapeutic effects, indications, contraindication, and precautions for all forms of treatment administered to patients by Physical Therapist Assistants.
6. Implement interventions within the plan of care developed by a physical therapist.
7. Carefully monitor patient’s resting state and response to treatment and react appropriately. Such reactions may include, but are not limited to: reporting of observations/responses to the supervising physical therapist, modification of treatment within scope of authority, or management of an emergency situation.
8. Utilizes data collection skills and abilities.