Mission & Philosophy
In support of the mission of Lone Star College System, http://www.lonestar.edu/about-lsc.htm, the mission of the LSC–Montgomery Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to facilitate the development of critical thinking skills, clinical competencies and ethical decision making behaviors consistent with thePhysical Therapy profession and essential for the successful pursuit of a career in physical therapy as a physical therapist assistan.. The program will prepare students to assist the physical therapist in providing physical therapy to the people of Texas, especially those in the area of North Harris and Montgomery Counties.
In keeping with the mission and values of Lone Star College System, http://www.lonestar.edu/about-lsc.htm, the Physical Therapist Assistant Program is committed to providing a high quality education that is accessible to all members of our community and to insuring that our students and faculty represent the diversity of our community. We are committed to building partnerships and clinical education sites within our community and to facilitating communication between our program and the general health care community.
We believe that Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession that has demonstrated positive social and economic impact within our community. We are committed to adhering to the highest standard of ethics and integrity within the field of Physical Therapy and believe that our professionalism calls us to act as leaders and advocates for the profession of Physical Therapy which ultimately has positive effects on human lives.
We are committed to continuous evaluation of our outcomes and hold ourselves accountable to ourselves, our institution, our students and our community.
In order to support the mission and values of the Physical Therapist Assistant program,
1. The program will meet all necessary accreditation standards.
- Accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Accreditation by Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
2. The program will establish a comprehensive curriculum in PTA education to include:
- Student learning outcomes
- Curriculum review and revision to meet the needs of the profession of physical therapy, CAPTE, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and Lone Star College System (LSCS).
- Clinical education sites which meet and/or exceed the needs of the LSCS community and student body.
3. The curriculum will prepare students for the practice of physical therapy which is a form of health care that identifies, prevents, corrects, and alleviates acute or prolonged movement dysfunction or pain of anatomic or physiologic origin. The students will be prepared for the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant who works under the direction and supervision of a licensed physical therapist and assists the physical therapist in providing the highest quality of physical therapy care.
4. The program will provide support for its students:
- Academic: help and/or direct students to resources for tutoring or instruction in effective study behaviors.
- Psychological: help and/or direct students to resources for counseling, stress management, time management.
- Financial: promote and facilitate the appropriate acquisition and use of available financial aid and helping to identify and/or solicit resources.
5. The program will actively and adequately promote and inform the public and future students of the requirements and expectations of students applying for admission into the PTA Program through regularly scheduled community information sessions.
6. The program will recruit and retain sufficient qualified full and part time faculty who are excellent teachers and exemplary role models. Additionally, faculty will promote the appropriate role of the PTA in the delivery of health care by their active involvement in professional and legislative bodies to the extent allowed by law.
7. The program will support the local Physical Therapy professional community by:
- Providing a consistent source of well-educated PTAs from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and family backgrounds.
- Working with the library to establish a good resource of professional reference materials.
- Promoting and/or providing professional development in clinical education and other areas of local interest/need.
- Promoting and directing students to qualified facilities in the district for clinical education.
8. The program will establish a means for the students, clinical educators and other physical therapy professionals and employers to provide feedback to the program faculty and administrators. This feedback shall address the quality and completeness of the professional education program. The PTA program shall respond to this feedback with positive change.
Lone Star College-Montgomery PTA GoalsPTA program will fulfill the needs of the community with responsible PTA professionals working under the supervision of a PT.
PTA program will utilize quality teaching methods addressing all student learning styles.
PTA program will recruit/retain/develop quality faculty who meet a comprehensive framework in PTA education.
PTA program will educate and graduate competent entry level Physical Therapy Assistant students.
PTA program will fulfill the needs of the community with responsibel PTA professionals working under the supervision of a PT.