Program Outcomes

Program Specific Competency Goals

Upon completion of the Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, graduates will:

  • Work within the legal guidelines and professional standards for the physical therapist assistant in the delivery of high quality health care under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist.  (Professionalism)**
  • Implement treatment plans and PT interventions under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. (Technology)**
  • Show sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, gender and lifestyle differences. (Diversity)**
  • Possess the ability to effectively translate theory into practice in order to meet the demands of a dynamic health care system. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Contribute to the advancement of the profession by participating in research, teaching, continuing education and serving on professional organizations. (Professionalism)**
  • Exhibit good moral and ethical judgment in health care practice and uphold confidentiality of all persons at all times. (Communication)**
  • The program will integrate service learning in coursework to serve community needs and prepare students for interactions with various populations. (Diversity)**
  • The program will review student feedback of general education and PTA curriculum for each semester in areas including methodology, organized and integrated learning experiences, student and faculty performance and achievement (Communication)**

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, graduates will:

  • Implement contemporary treatment plans and technologically advanced physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist. (Technology)**
  • Display the ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, gender and lifestyle differences in patients across the lifespan.  (Diversity)**
  • Creatively formulate advanced clinical judgments and effectively translate advanced clinical theory into practice in order to meet the demands of a dynamic health care system and across the patient lifespan. (Critical Thinking)**
  • Assume leadership roles in the advancement of the profession by participating one or more of the following areas: research, education, continuing education and service of a professional organization.  (Professionalism)**
  • Exhibit good ethical judgment in health care practice and demonstrate effective communication with all individuals. (Communication)**
  • Demonstrate advanced clinical practice skills through implementation of evidence based practice of physical therapy. (Critical Thinking)**

**Categories denoted in the parentheses represent relationship to Clarkson College’s student success skills, which are our institutional student learning outcomes, and include Communication, Technology, Critical Thinking, Diversity, and Professionalism. 


Performance Outcomes

PTA Traditional Cohorts 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
First Time Board Pass Rate** 86.7% 86.7% 71.4%
Overall Board Pass Rate** 93.3% 93.3% 100%
National Average Board First Pass Rate 87.6% 89.3% 84.7%
National Average Board Overall Pass Rate 95.1% 94% 91.6%
Graduation Rate*** 88% 89.6% 93.8%
Job Placement/Employment Rate* 100% 100% 90%
PTA Transfer Cohorts 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
First Time Board Pass Rate** 78.3% 75% 76.5%
Overall Board Pass Rate** 95.7% 90% 88.2%
National Average Board First Pass Rate 86.9% 87.6% 83.9%
National Average Board Overall Pass Rate 95.9% 95.1% 94%
Graduation Rate*** 83.3% 85.7% 89.5%
Job Placement/Employment Rate* 100% 100% 100%
PTA Bachelor's Degree**** 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
First Time Board Pass rate N/A N/A N/A
Overall Board Pass rate N/A N/A N/A
National Average Board Rate (first time) N/A N/A N/A
Graduation Rate N/A N/A N/A
Job Placement/Employment Rate* N/A N/A N/A

*Employment rates taken from returned graduate surveys, employer surveys, and PTA graduates individually

**Board pass rates calculated per year

***Graduation Rate calculated per CAPTE definition.

****This option was new in Fall 2017

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