Program Outcomes

The Physical Therapist Assistant program will:

  1. prepare entry-level PTAs to effectively demonstrate and apply intra-professional and inter-professional collaborative practices as part of the health care team as indicated by the Student Outcomes,
  2. prepare the graduates to pass the NPTAE allowing for state licensure to practice as a PTA, and
  3. prepare students to maintain PTA Program accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).


Terminal Competencies:

  • Safety
  • Clinical Behaviors
  • Accountability
  • Cultural Competence
  • Communication
  • Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning
  • Clinical Problem Solving
  • Interventions: Therapeutic Exercise
  • Interventions:  Therapeutic Techniques
  • Interventions:  Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities
  • Interventions:  Electrotherapeutic Modalities
  • Interventions: Functional Training and Application of Devices/Equipment
  • Documentation
  • Resource Management
Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Performance Instrument
American Physical Therapy Association
March 1998


NWACC strives to provide reasonable accommodation as necessary to allow a PTA student to be successful. If you feel you would need accommodation, please contact the Disability Resource Center in the Becky Paneitz Student Center or 479-986-4076.

Students with disabilities who have formally declared their disability with the Disability Resource Center, and who would like accommodations are encouraged to make an appointment with the course instructor as soon as possible for each class as indicated.

Dictionary of Occupational Titles. Available at: Accessed October 16, 2006.