PTA Program Mission
The mission of the PTA program is congruent with Berkshire Community College’s mission. The mission of the PTA program is to facilitate the graduation of caring and compassionate PTAs who demonstrate safe and effective interventions, under the supervision of a licensed Physical Therapist, in a legal, professional and ethical manner, and who are committed to lifelong learning.
Program Goals and Expected Program Outcomes
Goal 1: Graduates will demonstrate competent entry level PT interventions, working under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
a) Students will complete all PTA practicals with a 73% or higher with no red flag items noted.
b) Students will recognize the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant and implement interventions that reflect an understanding of State Practice Acts, and the Guide to Conduct for the PTA as demonstrated by examinations, practicals and clinical rotations.
c) Students will implement safe and effective physical therapy interventions based on the PT plan of care as demonstrated through practical exams and clinical rotations.
d) By graduation students will demonstrate competency in all entry level physical therapist assistant interventions during clinical experiences.
e) Graduates will pass the National Physical Therapist Assistant licensure exam.
Goal 2: Graduates will demonstrate effective communication skills in a culturally sensitive manner with all members of the healthcare team.
a) Students will present information in a professional manner that reflects a sensitivity to the person(s) receiving the information in all didactic and clinical components of the program.
b) Students will collect and report pertinent information in a professional manner to the appropriate members of the healthcare team in all clinical experiences.
c) Students will complete timely and effective documentation that complies with professional guidelines and the healthcare setting as demonstrated in lab scenarios and clinical experiences.
Goal 3: Graduates will demonstrate legal, professional and ethical behaviors guided by the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, jurisdictional law and as modeled by the PTA faculty
a) Students will comply with jurisdictional law, practice guidelines, the APTA Guide of Conduct for the PTA and facility policies during all didactic and clinical components of the Program
b) Students will demonstrate Value Based Behaviors as set by the APTA during all didactic and clinical components of the Program
Goal 4:The faculty will maintain a contemporary and comprehensive curriculum in accordance with CAPTE and Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy guidelines, and BCC’s mission.
a) Faculty will participate in continuing education each semester.
b) Faculty will participate in APTA meetings each year.
c) Faculty will attend college professional development workshops each year.
Goal 5: The Physical Therapy education program will facilitate student success in the PTA program
a) The graduation rate for each class will be 60% or higher.
b) The ultimate pass rate for licensure examination for each class will be 85% or higher.
c) The employment rate for each class will be at least 90%.
Goal 6: The Physical Therapy education program will facilitate participation in community service and lifelong learning.
a) The faculty will integrate current professional physical therapy research/topics into the academic curriculum.
b) The faculty will participate in college level service.
c) The faculty will participate in community service activities and promote student involvement.
d) The faculty participate in outreach and leadership opportunities in and outside of the college.
e) Students will participate in at least one community service activity each year.
f) Students will participate in educational opportunities outside of required academic classes each year.