Mission & Philosophy

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Clarkson College utilizes high quality, well-integrated, contemporary curricula to prepare students to deliver professional, ethical, competent and compassionate health care.

Physical Therapy (PT) is a healing profession. It focuses on the restoration of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function, the promotion of physical wellness and a commitment to service to others. PTAs are individuals who play an integral role as part of the patient care team by assisting the physical therapist in patient care. Involvement with patient care in PT requires an educated individual who possesses a basic insight into human nature, and who places a strong moral value on human life. PTAs are influential professionals who advance the field of PT as clinic administrators, faculty members, clinical instructors and clinicians—and by participating in professional organizations at the state and national levels. They are educationally and technically trained health care professionals concerned with improving the well-being of all humankind and empowered to make a positive difference.