The mission of the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology’s PTA Program is to graduate well-prepared, professional and responsible entry-level clinicians. The Program provides physical therapy education that is evidence-based. Students are provided with classroom and clinical instruction using relative and current practices. The PTA Program faculty cares about the success of its students, and encourages them to remain life-long learners as they make an immediate impact on the surrounding community and continue to make meaningful contributions to the profession and to society.
The P.I.T. PTA Program seeks to develop and produce the region’s most mature, successful, professional, and skillful entry-level Physical Therapist Assistants who will provide exceptional patient care.
The underlying philosophy of the P.I.T. PTA Program is to ensure adherence to the criteria and performance expectations outlined in detail in A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education published by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Complying with these criteria and performance expectations ensures that students will receive a solid foundation in the skills to be successful PTAs under the supervision of Physical Therapists.
The PTA program integrates general education courses and professional course work throughout the curriculum. Students build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in basis courses as they advance through the curriculum. Further, many non-laboratory courses in the PTA Program incorporate both didactic and “hands-on” learning experiences enabling students with different learning styles to acquire the appropriate knowledge.