Physical Therapist Assistant students practicing on eachother in a lab

Physical Therapist Assistant Program Mission and Goals

The Mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is

  • to provide an evening track opportunity for students to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant, which will prepare graduates to take the state licensure exam and to meet the personpower needs of the community, as determined by the needs assessment which provided the basis for this program’s establishment. 
  • to provide to its students the highest quality learning experiences in the classroom and laboratory, supplemented with practical training at clinical facilities to ensure integration of physical therapy principles into treatment of patients in a variety of clinical settings. 
  • to foster its students’ development of appropriate communication techniques, professional behavior, safe, ethical and legal practice, and critical thinking in the implementation of treatment plans. 
  • to ensure that the dynamic curriculum is reflecting current physical therapy practice knowledge by team approach of all persons involved. 
  • to provide material resources on the College of DuPage campus and within the PTA Program to meet community service and professional development needs. 
  • to collaborate with student support services to market the profession of physical therapy, advise potential program applicants, orient PTA Program students to College services and provide special academic assistance where necessary.

Goals of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Upon completion of the PTA Program, the graduate should be able to: 

  • collect data on patients through interviews, observation, and assessments, 
  • provide a safe and effective treatment session, practicing within the legal and ethical parameters of the physical therapy profession, 
  • adapt treatment modalities and procedures to meet patients’ needs, 
  • recognize when treatment needs to be modified or discontinued, demonstrating critical thinking,
  • demonstrate effective written, oral and nonverbal communication skills, and professional behavior, when interacting with patients, their families, and staff, 
  • assist in the management of physical therapy services,
  • assume responsibility for continued personal and professional growth, and
  • demonstrate the ability to contribute to the profession and community. 


Program Contact Information

Please visit the Program Contacts page for detailed information.