Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
In keeping with the mission of Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), the NVCC Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program is committed to a high standard of scholarship as it provides affordable, optimal learning experiences in a diverse setting that will prepare students to provide the highest quality of patient care. The PTA program trains, educates, and cultivates entry-level physical therapist assistant students who strive for excellence as PTAs with the knowledge, clinical skills and professional behaviors essential to the PTA. Designed for the optimal use of clinical and educational resources across Connecticut, this program embodies a dedicated community-engaging curriculum committed to the development and achievement of successful student PTAs in support of economic growth of the state. The structure drives our emphasis on technology and communication to facilitate learning in the classroom and the clinic as the program endeavors to educate students who:
- strive for excellence as PTAs.
- commit to high ethical standards.
- appreciate and value racial, social and cultural diversity.
- demonstrate critical reflection and self-assessment.
- invest in community improvement.
- engage in lifelong learning.
The goal of the PTA program is to prepare graduates to succeed in careers as PTAs. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the Physical Therapist Assistant program will prepare graduates whom:
- Adhere to ethical, professional behavior, legal, regulatory, and licensure standards within their scope of work as a physical therapist assistant.
- Demonstrate skill competence in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective processes necessary to provide safe physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
- Engage in evidence-based practice, responding to the dynamics of a changing healthcare system.
- Integrate the principles of the natural, physical, social, biological, and behavioral sciences, and physical therapy theory to provide holistic care to individuals, families and groups across the wellness-illness continuum.
- Integrate effective communication skills through professional interactions with patients, families, groups and the interdisciplinary healthcare team with altruism and diversity awareness.
- Produce documentation supporting physical therapy services.
- Sit for the examination for state licensure as a physical therapist assistant.
- Commit to a lifelong process of self-improvement and learning by participating in activities for improvement of their abilities as physical therapist assistants..
- Achieve an effective transition from this educational program to a physical therapist assistant career.