Academic Program - Physical Therapist Assistant PTA

Mission Statement

The mission of the program is to enhance physical therapy services throughout Maryland by preparing skilled physical therapist assistants who are capable of performing selected patient care activities under the direction of a physical therapist. In establishing this mission and the goals which follow, the faculty has taken direction from, but has not been limited to, the criteria and guidelines set forth in The Standards for Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (American Physical Therapy Association, 2004), The Normative Model of PTA Education and the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice

Program Goals

Goal 1: Intervention:
  • Review the plan of care, established by the physical therapist, prior to initiating patient/client intervention.
  • Provide safe interventions as directed in the plan of care and supervision of the physical therapist.
  • Provide effective instruction to the patient/client and others to achieve the goals and outcomes as described in the plan of care.
  • Collect data to quantify the patient's/client's response to interventions as directed and supervised by the physical therapist.
  • Progress the patient/client interventions through the plan of care.
  • Complete documentation that follows professional guidelines, the health care system and physical therapy facility policies.
  • Respond effectively to patient/client and environmental emergencies in the work setting.
Goal 2: Communications:
  • Expressively and receptively communicate in a culturally competent manner with physical therapists, patients/clients, family members, caregivers, other health care providers, students, interdisciplinary team members, administrators, payers and consumers.
Goal 3: Education:
  • Effectively educate others using teaching methods commensurate with the needs of the learners.
  • Educate others about the role of the physical therapist assistant.
Goal 4: Resource Management (human, fiscal, systems):
  • Utilize human and material institution-based resources and services to provide high-quality, efficient and cost-effective physical therapy services.
  • Comply with facility procedures and payer regulations consistent with the health care delivery system and the practice setting.
Goal 5: Career Development:
  • Participate in learning and development activities to ensure continued competence.
  • Participate in and respond to self-assessment activities.
  • Participate in clinical education.
Goal 6: Accountability:
  • Adhere to federal and state legal practice standards and institutional regulations related to patient/client care and fiscal management.
  • Act in a manner consistent with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant.
Goal 7: Altruism:
  • Place patient's/client's needs above the physical therapist assistant's self interests.
Goal 8: Compassion and Caring:
  • Exhibit compassion, caring, and empathy in providing services to patients/clients.
  • Promote active involvement of the patient/client in his/her care.
Goal 9: Cultural Competence:
  • Identify, respect and act with consideration for the patient's/client's differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all physical therapy activities.
Goal 10: Duty:
  • Demonstrate behaviors, conduct, actions, attitudes and values consistent with the roles, responsibilities and tasks of the physical therapist assistant.
  • Support and participate in organizations and efforts that promote physical therapy.
Goal 11: Integrity:
  • Demonstrate integrity in all interactions with patients/clients, family members, caregivers, supervising physical therapists, co-workers, other health care providers, students, other consumers, employers and payers.
Goal 12: Social Responsibility:
  • Value and support the physical therapy profession in society
  • Demonstrate citizenship.




Program Contact

Sharon Reid

Director PTA

DepartmentAllied Health 
Phone410 386-8259 

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