What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Expected Student Outcomes

The curriculum includes learning experiences to prepare entry-level physical therapist assistants to provide competent physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. Courses within the curriculum include content and experiences designed to prepare program graduates to meet the following performance expectations:

  1. Communicate in an effective, appropriate and capable manner with patients, physical therapists, health care personnel and others.
  2. Recognize individual and cultural differences and respond appropriately in all aspects of patient care.
  3. Exhibit conduct that reflects a commitment that meets expectations of members of society receiving health care services and of the physical therapy profession.
  4. Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
  5. Demonstrate competence in comprehending the physical therapy plan of care to achieve goals and intended outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate competence in implementing and progressing selected components of interventions within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  7. Demonstrate competency in performing components of data collection skills within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  8. Adjust interventions within the plan of care and reports this and any changes in patient’s status to the physical therapist.
  9. Recognize when interventions should not be provided due to changes in the patient’s status.
  10. Recognize when the direction to perform an intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for a physical therapist assistant and reports this to the supervising physical therapist.
  11. Respond appropriately in emergency situations.
  12. Provide education and instruction to patients, family members and caregivers to achieve patient outcomes within the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
  13. Complete thorough, accurate and timely documentation that follows required state, practice setting, and regulatory guidelines for billing and reimbursement purposes.
  14. Read and interpret health care literature to support evidence-based clinical decision making.
  15. Participate in discharge planning and follow-up as directed by the supervising physical therapist.
  16. Educate others about the role of the physical therapist assistant.
  17. Participate in administrative functions within physical therapy services including billing, reimbursement and quality assurance.
  18. Demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility, citizenship, and advocacy through participation in professional and service organizations and activities.
  19. Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities.