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The mission of the Penn State Shenango Physical Therapist Assistant Program is to successfully prepare students to practice as physical therapist assistants in our local community and throughout the nation. Underpinning this mission is a philosophy of education that is consistent with the philosophy of the Pennsylvania State University, giving special emphasis to the importance of respect for the dignity of all individuals at the campus and within the community at large. The program provides a personalized learning environment with stimulating, challenging, and comprehensive educational experiences that ultimately prepare the student to function as an entry-level physical therapist assistant under the direction and supervision of the licensed physical therapist.

The curriculum supports proficiency in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Recognizing that successful employment in the field of physical therapy is not only related to knowledge and technical competence, the curriculum includes components of professional behavior and social responsibility through service learning, as well. As faculty members are responsible for facilitation of learning, the students are encouraged to take responsibility for pursuing their education at the depth and breadth commensurate with the Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

The program’s faculty members are committed to excellence in education focusing on contemporary practice, professionalism, critical thinking, effective communication, and lifelong learning. The faculty recognize that our diverse student body brings a variety of life experiences into the classroom. They are committed to acting as positive role models, providing clinical expertise, demonstrating by example active involvement in the professional community, and promoting service to the campus and local community.