Physical Therapist Assistant

About Us

Mission

Our mission for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to graduate students who have obtained the knowledge and skills to become employed as licensed physical therapist assistants and become contributing members of the physical therapy profession and health care team in diverse settings.

Program Philosophy

The faculty and administrators of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program believe that technical, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills are important components of a quality educational experience. In addition, teamwork, ethics, and problem-solving skills are emphasized throughout the educational experience to ensure graduation of competent physical therapist assistants.

Goal Statement

The goal of this program is to provide students with appropriate didactic and clinical experience leading to successful licensure and entry-level employment in the profession of physical therapy.

Program Outcomes- These Program Outcomes are based on 2013 Standards and apply to the Auburn Hills campus:

Graduates will:
*Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, caregivers, and other health-care team members in an appropriate and effective manner.

  1.  Exhibit professional and ethical conduct that reflects expectations of society and other members of the profession, APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct and APTA Values-Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant.
  2. Provide safe and competent interventions that are appropriate for the patient's condition and consistent with the plan of care established by the supervising physical therapist.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills as part of assessing patient status in order to implement and/or modify interventions performed under the supervision of the physical therapist.
  4. Be prepared to sit for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTAE) in order to gain employment as a physical therapist assistant.
  5. Demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural differences in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  6. Provide treatment instruction for patients and families using appropriate techniques and materials consistent with the learning styles of the audience, including educating others regarding the role of the physical therapist assistant.
  7. Utilize the physical therapist's plan of care in order to implement treatment, progress patients toward established goals, provide patient education, and assist with outcomes measures and discharge planning.
  8. Complete thorough and accurate documentation in a timely manner that reflects the appropriate standard of care.
  9. Provide legal and ethical services which are cost-effective and efficient under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in a variety of settings.
  10. Interact with other members of the healthcare team, supervise and delegate to ancillary personnel, participate in quality assurance activities, and provide accurate and timely billing information.
  11. Participate in public activities that promote health and wellness as well as prevention of illness and injury.
  12. Participate in community, service, and professional organizations that strive to meet the needs of patients and consumers.
  13. Demonstrate competency in collecting specific objective data with the use of established tools and chart reviews that allow for patient interventions and progression according to the supervising physical therapist's plan of care.
  14. Prepare a self-assessment and action plan as a model of ongoing career development and lifelong learning.
Program Outcomes- These Program Outcomes are based on Standards prior to 2013 and apply to the Allen Park, Flint and Muskegon campuses:

Graduates will:
*Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, caregivers, and other health-care team members in an appropriate and effective manner.

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural differences in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  2. Exhibit professional and ethical conduct that reflects expectations of society and members of the health-care profession.
  3. Demonstrate problem-solving skills that allow for appropriate patient management consistent with the supervising physical therapist's plan of care.
  4. Provide treatment instruction for patients and families using appropriate techniques and materials consistent with the learning styles of the audience including educating others regarding the role of the physical therapist assistant.
  5. Demonstrate competency in collecting specific objective data with the use of established tools and chart reviews that allow for patient intervention and progression according to the supervising physical therapist's plan of care.
  6. Utilize the physical therapist's plan of care in order to: implement treatment; progress toward established goals and outcomes; provide patient education; and assist with discharge planning.
  7. Provide safe and competent interventions that are appropriate for the patient's condition and consistent with the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  8. Complete thorough and accurate docuementation in a timely manner that reflects the appropriate standard of care.
  9. Provide services, which are cost effective and efficient under the direction of a physical therapist in a variety of settings.
  10. Supervise ancillary personnel and delegate care plan specific activities as well as provide accurate and timely billing information.
  11. Prepare a self-assessment and action plan as a model of ongoing career development.
  12. Obtain employment as a physical therapist assistant.
  13. Participate in public activities that promote health and wellness as well as prevention of illness and injury.
  14. Participate in community, service and professional organizations that strive to meet the needs of patients and consumers.
  15. Communicate ideas in both written and oral form.
  16. Obtain, analyze, and synthesize information into oral and written presentations both in the classroom and in the workplace.
  17. Comprehend, communicate, and interpret numeric and graphical data.
  18. Synthesize and evaluate data using quantitative problem-solving processes.
  19. Explore, analyze, and explain major patterns of human behavior within the personal and social environment.
  20. Apply basic computer skills to the management of information.

Customer Satisfaction Policy

Baker College is an institution focused on customer satisfaction. To that end, any concerns or complaints regarding the Physical Therapist Assistant Program can be sent to the attention of the director of the program on the appropriate campus. The director will investigate the complaint, consult with all parties involved, and provide a response as soon as all information has been evaluated. The program director will inform the Dean of Health Sciences of the complaint, investigation, and what actions have been taken.

If resolution cannot be reached at the level of the program director, the problem will follow the chain of command beginning with the Dean of Health Sciences, followed by the Chief Academic Officer/Vice President of Academics of the campus, the President of the campus, and finally the President of the Baker College System.

 

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