Academic Programs

Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Western Iowa Tech Community College is to educate physical therapist
assistants to play an active role in expanding quality physical therapy services under the direction of a licensed physical therapist.
The PTA program incorporates the mission of WITCC, which is . . .
. . . to provide quality education and to economically enhance the communities we serve.
Preparation includes a two-year curriculum leading to an associate degree. The curriculum includes classroom and laboratory work
at the College with clinical affiliations in a variety of settings.

Philosophy
The faculty and administration of the Physical Therapist Assistant program are committed to the beliefs of the mission statement of
the PTA Program integrated under the mission of Western Iowa Tech Community College.
All values and guiding principles of WITCC are adopted, specifically the following are the PTA program beliefs and commitments.
" We believe in the uniqueness and inherent worth and dignity of students, faculty, staff, clinicians, and patients. Each
individual brings characteristics that strengthen the program. We recognize that individuals also have spiritual, intellectual,
social, physiological, and psychological needs. The diversity is a strength of this institution. (Student Learning, Diversity,
Access)
" We believe that lifelong learning will help assure individual and societal stability in terms of continued competence of a
paraprofessional who delivers physical therapy services under the supervision of the physical therapist. (Lifelong Learning)
" We believe that the Physical Therapist Assistant must be an integral and contributing member of the community and that
activities outside the profession enhance the individuals ability to function in the professional and public community.
(Lifelong Learning, Shared Governance, Dedication)
" The faculty serve as facilitators in the learning process, and this process is continuous from simple to complex learning. The
learner, as the focus of the educational process, has the right and responsibility to be an active participant in the learning
process. Through the multiplicity of structured experiences at Western Iowa Tech Community College and affiliating agencies,
the learner has exposure to varied and selected learning experiences that allow direct application of knowledge. Physical
Therapist Assistant education and selected arts and sciences courses contribute to the growth of the learner. This education
involves the promotion of learning through the application of theory and skills to prepare the graduate for entry level
practice under the direction of a physical therapist in a varied work environment. (Quality, Academic Freedom)
" The faculty believes the educator is a multifaceted individual who is a transmitter of knowledge, a resource person, an
evaluator, and a role model and who possesses empathy and a sense of humor. The educator is also responsible for remaining
current in practice and education. (Professional Integrity, Quality, Dedication)
" The commitment of faculty is to (1) excellence in teaching and (2) service resulting in an environment that encourages
students to achieve excellence in their performance. (Professional Integrity, Efficiency, Effectiveness)

Take the Next Step
Visit at 4647 Stone Avenue, Sioux City, Iowa 51106
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, Iowa 51106
Call 800.349.4649 or 712.274.6400
800.352.4649
712.274.6400
Email info@witcc.edu
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