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PTA Program Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision Statement

In support of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession the Jackson State Physical Therapist Assistant program will be recognized in the region, state, and nation as a quality physical therapist assistant educational program with competent faculty members, staff and students dedicated to . . .“Transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.” (APTA, 2013)

Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of the Jackson State Community College, the Physical Therapist Assistant program will provide an accessible comprehensive learning opportunity that will enhance the lives of its students, strengthen the physical therapy workforce, and empower the diverse communities of this geographical region. The program will produce competent, caring, quality oriented physical therapist assistants who will provide high quality contemporary physical therapy services to patients/clients within the scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist.

Program Philosophy

The PTA Program is committed to quality relationships between our faculty, students, clinical communities, and the citizens of the West Tennessee region. We strive to provide to our students the tools and the expertise with which each student may achieve his/her fullest potential. We are committed to this institution and its positive history. We are committed to our leadership roles on this campus and in this community and will strive to enable our students in becoming the leaders of tomorrow.

Program Goals

JSCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program graduates will:

  • Support the diverse physical therapy healthcare needs of Tennessee communities through employment as physical therapist assistants working under the supervision of physical therapists.
  • Demonstrate entry-level competence as physical therapist assistants as evidenced by successful completion of the National Physical Therapy Examination(NPTE) and qualification for state licensure.
  • Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities as physical therapist assistants in contemporary physical therapy practice.