Standards & Requirements
Health and Physical Requirements
Students need the ability to:
- Lift and move patients, equipment and accessories (up to 50 pounds)
- Manipulate treatment equipment and measuring instruments using fine motor skills
- Hear audible cues and warnings from patients and equipment
- Use sense of touch to provide patient care, palpate anatomical landmarks, position patients and administer treatments
- Teach patients through use of verbal, tactile and demonstrative cues
- Use interpersonal skills to handle patients with physical or emotional trauma and to interact with other people in the classroom, lab or clinical setting in a professional manner
All students admitted to the Physical Therapist Assistant program are expected to carry their own personal health insurance.
- Commitment to Learning
The ability to self-assess, self-correct and self-direct; to identify needs and sources of learning; and to continually seek new knowledge and understanding.
- Interpersonal Skills
The ability to interact effectively with patients, families, colleagues, other health care professionals and the community, and to deal effectively with cultural and ethnic diversity issues.
- Communication Skills
The ability to communicate effectively (i.e., speaking, body language, reading, writing, listening) for varied audiences and purposes.
- Effective Use of Time and Resources
The ability to obtain the maximum benefit from a minimum investment of time and resources.
- Use of Constructive Feedback
The ability to identify sources of and seek out feedback and to effectively use and provide feedback for improving personal interaction.
The ability to recognize and define problems, analyze data, develop and implement solutions, and evaluate outcomes.
The ability to exhibit appropriate professional conduct and represent the profession effectively.
The ability to fulfill commitments and to be accountable for actions and outcomes.
- Critical Thinking
The ability to question logically; to identify, generate and evaluate elements of logical argument; to recognize and differentiate facts, illusions, assumptions and hidden assumptions; and to distinguish the relevant from the irrelevant.
- Stress Management
The ability to identify sources of stress and to develop effective coping behaviors.