Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Mission Statement
The mission of the Vincennes University Physical Therapist Assistant program is to provide excellent and innovative educational approaches for the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in the work field under the supervision of a physical therapist.   The program is committed to the development of health care practitioners who are dedicated to meeting the safe, ethical, and legal practices of physical therapy for the benefit of patients and families within the communities we serve, and who appreciate racial, social, and cultural diversity.  The program is further dedicated to offer student centered learning opportunities with a variety of individual and collaborative activities to build skills for a successful career, lifelong learning, and personal enrichment. 

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete course work in the Physical Therapist Assistant program will be able to:

  • communicate effectively with use of verbal, non-verbal, and written information with patients, families, physical therapists, and other health care personnel in a manner that reflects sensitivity and appreciation for racial, social, and cultural diversity.
  • provide safe and competent physical therapy interventions, as directed by the Physical Therapist and established within the plan of care, to minimize risk to patient, self, and others, and to maximize physical therapy outcomes.
  • demonstrate clinical problem solving skills by appropriately adjusting interventions within the plan of care, established by the Physical Therapist, working collaboratively with other health care providers, and understanding when the clinical situation exceeds the Physical Therapist Assistant’s scope of practice.
  • perform physical therapy services within the guidelines of the APTA’s Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant the restrictions established by the State regulatory agency, and in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • perform competent data collection techniques as outlined in the plan of care, established by the supervising Physical Therapist, and report findings through accurate, timely and legible documentation, as well as reporting changes to the supervising physical therapist. 
  • educate patients, support personnel, and others effectively through use of individualized methods and various resources to enhance physical therapy related outcomes.
  • participate in lifelong learning and professional development based on self-assessment, performance appraisals, and demonstration of behaviors which reflect conduct expectations as outlined by the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.