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Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical therapy helps people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain, arthritis or fractures; neurologic conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, or Parkinson's disease; skin and soft tissue injuries such as burns or wounds; cardiopulmonary conditions such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; and other conditions including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries. The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program at Weatherford College leads to an associate in applied science degree and encompasses a two-year course of study. The program is designed to prepare the graduate to work under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Weatherford College Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to provide students with an educational experience that prepares them to become responsible, effective, productive members of the health care community and society at large.

Philosophy

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program is committed to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. We exist to provide the finest education possible to students but as part of our commitment to our profession, we also maintain the patient as our primary focus. To this end, we are committed to prepare the students to become as proficient in respecting and preserving each patient’s personal dignity as in providing the technical skills of physical therapy.

Goals

In accordance with its mission and philosophy, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program strives to achieve the following goals:

  • to provide a curriculum that includes effective theoretical, didactic, laboratory and clinical instruction;
  • to ensure that program content is consistent with prevailing standards in the profession of physical therapy;
  • to graduate physical therapist assistants who competently, safely, effectively, and efficiently function within the scope of practice as defined by the profession and licensure requirements;
  • to graduate physical therapist assistants who are sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of each individual patient.

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Educational Outcomes
Graduates of the Weatherford College Physical Therapist Assistant Program will demonstrate:

1.  Professional behaviors consistent with accepted standards within the physical therapy
     community:
     a.  Legal, ethical and safe practice
     b.  Effective, respectful interaction and communication
     c.  Critical thinking and problem solving based on best current knowledge

2.  Data collection skills necessary for implementation of the plan of care:
     a.  History and chart review
     b.  Patient/client observation
     c.  Performance of standard tests and measures

3.  Intervention skills appropriate to the plan of care established by the physical therapist:
     a.  Application of physical agents and therapeutic massage
     b.  Manual and mechanical exercise techniques
     c.  Functional training
     d.  Wound management
     e.  Patient/client instruction
     f.   Progression and modification within the plan of care

ACCREDITATION STATUS:

Effective July 31, 2013, Weatherford College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org.

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/ professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Complaints:
If you have a complaint regarding the PTA program please contact the Program Director, Cindy Lavine at 817-598-8873 or by email at clavine@wc.edu. Complaints from clinical or physical therapy practice settings or any other individual made to the PTA Program will be addressed on an individual basis. Initially, an attempt will be made to handle the complaint through informal conferences with the appropriate program personnel. Written documentation will be made of the conference and the resolution by program personnel. If the informal conference fails to resolve the issue, the complainant will be informed he/she can pursue filing a formal complaint and provided with a copy of Board Policy GB (LOCAL). If you wish to make a complaint outside of the PTA program director, you may contact Kathy Boswell, Dean, Health and Human Sciences at 817-598-6216 or by email at kboswell@wc.edu.
 
If you should have any questions or concerns regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant program, please contact Cindy Lavine, Program Director, at 817-598-8873 or clavine@wc.edu.