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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director

The program director is a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant who demonstrates an 
understanding of education and contemporary clinical practice appropriate for leadership in 
physical therapist assistant education.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Describe the effectiveness of the mechanisms used by the program director to communicate with program faculty and other individuals and departments (admissions, library, etc.) involved with the program.
  • Describe the responsibility, authority and effectiveness of the program director for assessment and planning.
  • Describe the responsibility, authority and effectiveness of the program director in fiscal planning and allocation of resources, including long-term planning.
  • Describe the responsibility, authority and effectiveness of the program director for faculty evaluation.
  • Describe the process used to assess the program director as an effective leader.
  • Provide evidence of effective leadership which might relate to:
    • A vision for physical therapist assistant education;
    • Understanding of and experience with curriculum content, design, and evaluation;
    • Employing strategies to promote and support professional development;
    • Proven effective interpersonal and conflict management skills; o Abilities to facilitate change;
    • Negotiation skills (relative to planning, budgeting, funding, program faculty status, program status, employment and termination, space, and appropriate academic and professional benefits);
    • Effective experience in short and long term planning;
    • Active service on behalf of physical therapist professional education, higher education, the larger community, and organizations related to their academic interest;
    • Effective management of human and fiscal resources; o Commitment to lifelong learning;
    • Active role in institutional governance; and
    • Program accomplishments

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Understanding of educational environments including needs of adult learners
  • Ability to provide a positive and effective learning environment
  • Knowledge and understanding of professional career paths for which students are enrolled
  • Motivation, dedication and enthusiasm for teaching

Credentials and Experience:

  •  A minimum of a master’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree must be in any medically related area
  • Associate’s degree must be in physical therapy or physical therapy assistant
  • Holds a current license/certification to practice as a PT or PTA in any United States jurisdiction
  •  A minimum of five years (or equivalent), full-time, post licensure experience that includes a minimum of three years (or equivalent) of full-time clinical experience
  • Didactic and/or clinical teaching experience
  • Experience in educational theory and methodology, instructional design, student evaluation and outcome assessment, including the equivalent of nine credits of coursework in educational foundations.
    • NOTE: If the program director does not have nine academic credits of coursework in educational foundations, and the program wishes to seek an exemption, provide a rationale for the equivalency of the program director’s qualifications to meet the intent of this expectation.
    • Note: Completion of APTA’s Education Leadership Institute constitutes 9 academic credits.
  • Experience in administration/management
  • Good organizational and communication skills


Special Requirements:

  • May need to work evenings, weekends or holidays, per supervisor’s request
  • Attendance at Platt College Graduation Ceremony required
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