The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program1 is designed to provide fundamental and theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills to prepare the student to assume the role of the PTA. This program prepares the student to be a paraprofessional to work under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist providing physical therapy interventions and associated data collection techniques, such as therapeutic exercise, physical modalities and other specialized clinical skills needed in a rehabilitation setting.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. Graduates who pass this exam are eligible for licensure in the State of Connecticut and elsewhere.
1The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Norwalk Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (203) 857-7198 or email email@example.com.
The PTA program will have competitive admissions and requirements to which all students must adhere. Applicants must achieve a composite ATI-TEAS test score of 50% or higher.
To provide quality instruction that prepares highly qualified entry level PTAs who:
- Apply clinical concepts to deliver safe, appropriate and effective physical therapy interventions and associated data collection to patients throughout the lifespan in a variety of settings;
- Integrate appropriate communication strategies to effectively interact with and educate patients/clients, caregivers, health care providers, third-party payers and the general population;
- Apply strategies to effect continuous improvement of the physical therapy profession;
- Utilize human, fiscal and systems resources appropriately to provide efficient, ethical physical therapy services;
- Display professionalism, accountability, integrity and cultural competence in all of the duties associated with being a PTA; and
- Display compassion, caring, altruism and social responsibility, not only as a PTA, but as citizens of the community.