Physical Therapist Assistant

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The Physical Therapist Assistant program is a six-quarter, full-time, daytime program with both morning and afternoon courses held Monday–Friday at the Kirkland Campus. Admission to the PTA program is selective and requires a special application for admission. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) and to apply for state licensure as a PTA. Licensure is required in the state of Washington.

Mission, Philosophy, & Goals

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program supports the mission of Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), which is "to prepare students for today's careers and tomorrow's opportunities."

Mission

The mission of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant program is to prepare students to enter the healthcare workforce as entry-level physical therapist assistants who are competent to assist the physical therapist in the provision of safe, ethical and effective physical therapy. The program aims to provide students with high quality didactic and clinical education in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills of physical therapy as well as tools for lifelong learning to maintain industry competitiveness.

Philosophy

The Lake Washington Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant program believes the function of the physical therapist assistant is to assist the physical therapist in the provision of safe and effective physical therapy to help people restore and improve motion for greater quality of life.  It is the philosophy of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at LWTech to foster the acquisition of physical therapist assistant skills in a safe learning environment that supports communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, and to promote culturally sensitive, ethical, and compassionate care in the physical therapy workplace.

Goals
Goal 1

Graduates of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant program will possess the skills necessary to perform safe, effective, and ethical entry-level physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Goal 2

Graduates of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant program will be prepared to obtain an entry-level position as a physical therapist assistant.

Goal 3

Graduates of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant program will be prepared to engage in lifelong learning and career development as a physical therapist assistant in order to maintain industry competitiveness.

Goal 4

The LWTech PTA program will provide students with a curriculum consistent with the current contemporary practice of physical therapy, the current guidelines of the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Minimum Required Skills of Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates at Entry-Level.

Goal 5

Lake Washington Institute of Technology Physical Therapist Assistant program faculty will promote and model the importance of lifelong learning and career development through the identification and completion of relevant professional development activities.

Physical Therapist Assistant, AAS

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Accreditation

LWTech's PTA program is a CAPTE accredited program

The Physical Therapist Assistant program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, (703) 706-3245, accreditation@apta.orgcapteonline.org

Public Comment Policy

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology welcomes comments, suggestions, ideas, and constructive criticism from individuals in the community who do not have a formal affiliation with LWTech or the PTA program.

  • This process is only for comments or concerns which cannot be addressed by existing due process procedures. 
  • Comments must be provided in writing and signed by the author. Anonymous submissions will not be acknowledged, nor will written comments provided on behalf of an anonymous source. 
  • Comments must be submitted in writing to the following: 
    PTA Program Director 
    Lake Washington Institute of Technology  
    11605 132nd Ave NE 
    Kirkland, WA 98034 

The PTA Program Director will respond to all comments within seven (7) working days (M-F excluding holidays) to further discuss and resolve the issue. If satisfactory resolution is not or cannot be reached, appeal may be made to the Dean of Allied Health within seven (7) working days (M-F excluding holidays). Again, if satisfactory resolution is not or cannot be reached, appeal may be made to the Office of the Vice President of Instruction within seven (7) working days (M-F excluding holidays). The decision of the Vice President of Instruction will be final and not subject to further appeal. Neither the Dean nor the Vice President of Instruction will become involved until all attempts to resolve the issue with the Program Director have been exhausted, unless the comment is directly related to the performance of the Program Director.