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Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science

Contact Information

Sara Bogner

1000 Hensley Creek Rd
Ukiah, California 95482

Program Details

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Health Care and Social Assistance


Mission Statement

The Mendocino College Physical Therapist Assistant Program provides a comprehensive educational experience to prepare a diverse student population to practice as entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist. High quality and innovative instruction and individual attention in an inclusive and accessible learning environment enables students to achieve their educational goals. Graduates will serve the community by providing competent, ethical and compassionate healthcare in contemporary physical therapy practice while understanding the value of evidence based practice and lifelong learning.

Program Goals

Goal 1. Prepares graduates for positions as competent, entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants able to work under the direction and supervision of a Physical Therapist.

Goal 2. Program faculty will provide an inclusive and accessible learning environment and a curriculum consistent with contemporary physical therapy practice, and feedback from program stakeholders.

Goal 3. Promote the importance of continuing personal and professional development through life-long learning opportunities and membership in professional organizations.

Goal 4. PTA Program graduates will appropriately express effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills in a culturally competent manner with patients, family members and other health care providers.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program will be able to:

Objective 1. Work under the supervision of a Physical Therapist in an ethical, legal, and competent manner.

Objective 2. Demonstrate the ability to promote optimal outcomes for patients by competently performing assessment techniques and treatment interventions from within the Physical Therapist’s plan of care.

Objective 3. Recognize the relationship between concepts learned from liberal arts and basic science coursework and physical therapy knowledge and skills.

Objective 4. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and nonverbal communication in a culturally competent manner with patients and their families, colleagues, and other health care providers.

Objective 5. Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.

Program Description
The Mendocino College PTA Program is five semesters in length and includes both general education and program specific requirements. There is a pre-requisite semester followed by four semesters of program coursework. GE courses can also completed within the five semesters. The PTA Program is a commuter-friencly, hybrid format with lecture courses online and lab courses on the Mendocino College campus. Students are only required to be on campus for laboratory courses two consective days each week during the spring and fall semesters.

In addition to regular coursework, students are required to participate in two full-time, eight-week clinical education experiences. These clinical practicums are at the end of semesters three and four of the program. The clinical experiences take place at selected health care facilities in Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, Napa and Humboldt counties. Students are required to travel to any of these areas to complete the clinical education portion of the program.