Program Mission and Outcomes
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the Community College of Rhode Island
prepares students for licensure and employment as Physical Therapist Assistants, in
various health care settings, with diverse patient populations. Commitment to excellence
in student preparation yields graduates that possess ethical practice standards, demonstrate
outstanding technical competence, and incorporate critical thinking into all aspects
of patient care under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
The program promotes professionalism and a commitment to the profession of Physical
The graduate will demonstrate appropriate conduct and ethical behavior as described
in the Standards for Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and applicable
jurisdictional regulation of physical therapy services.
- The graduate will demonstrate a sound understanding of the structure and function
of the normal human body, and will apply this knowledge to drive critical decisions
while delivering patient care within an established plan of care.
- The graduate will practice according to the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant
in the provision of physical therapy services and will foster an effective working
relationship between the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant.
- The graduate will be sensitive to individual and cultural differences in all aspects
of Physical Therapy services.
- The graduate will demonstrate competence in the application of interventions within
their scope of practice and training, as outlined in a comprehensive treatment plan.
- The graduate will demonstrate competence in data collection skills.
- The graduate will demonstrate the ability to modify physical therapy interventions
within an established plan of care, or seek additional input from qualified personnel
according to the level of care necessary, patient response or change in status.
- The graduate will demonstrate critical thinking skills as demonstrated through sound
clinical judgments and practices.
- The graduate will demonstrate comprehensive, accurate, organized and timely written
and verbal communication skills in the provision of patient care and related activities.
- The graduate will utilize effective time management skills and good organizational
skills in their role as a Physical Therapist Assistant.
- The graduate will participate in teaching and communicating with other healthcare
providers, patients, families and caregivers with respect to physical therapy services
as directed by a physical therapist..
- The graduate will demonstrate proficiency in basic computer skills including word
processing, file management, email, internet searching, and navigation of the CCRI
student information system.
- The graduate will demonstrate the skills necessary to use an evidence based approach
to physical therapy management, and will recognize the value of such.
- The graduate will understand the importance of maintaining an awareness of current
trends in physical therapy, and will recognize the connection between promoting physical
therapy, and involvement in the American Physical Therapy Association.