Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director
Direct the educational activities of the Physical Therapist Assistant program develop and manage the approved curriculum and design teaching schedule.
- Supervise the activities of the department staff. Prepare teaching assignments.
- Determine, establish and implement department goals.
- Review student success rates by class and implement plan to reduce student withdrawals. Meet with students to encourage them to stay in the program. Maintain an 80% student success rate for all classes taught in the program.
- Monitor the department budget and expenditures. Make appropriate corrections and changes to maintain a profitable program.
- Coordinate and arrange for educational workshops and in-services for didactic and clinical faculty. Prepare didactic instruction to include course objectives.
- Maintain student grades in accordance with established policies. Prepare final grades at the end of each semester to update student records and transcripts.
- Evaluate the performance of students regarding course objectives and makes necessary provisions to meet learning needs.
- Visit clinical sites to review and evaluate students’ clinical performance and progress. Coordinate with site instructors to ensure clinical education is effective.
- Coordinate the clinical and didactic education for the PTA program. Coordinate and revise the clinical education plan.
- Ensures Pima notifies CAPTE of all program changes, expected and unexpected to ensure compliance. Ensures appropriate submission of required fees and documentation.
- Assist in submission of required fees and supporting documentation, graduation reports, licensing and certification results, and placement statistics for the PTA program with the Director of Regulatory Affairs.
- Assist in achieving full compliance with accreditation criteria within two years. Ensure continuing accreditation through the appropriate authorities. Communicate results of annual report to CAPTE.
- Develop and maintain a functional curriculum according to approved design. Evaluate course content and review new texts. Collaborate with administration in the design and implementation of the PTA program.
- Perform functions of a Physical Therapist Assistant instructor.
The list of essential functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.
- Master’s degree required.
- Graduate of an accredited Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant program recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- Must be a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
- Five (5) years of full-time or equivalent post licensure experience as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant that includes a minimum of three (3) full-time years or equivalent of clinical experience.
- Experience in; clinical practice, didactic and/or clinical teaching, administration, educational theory and methodology (curricular design, development, implementation and evaluation), instructional design and methodology and student evaluation and outcomes assessment.
- Nine (9) academic semester credits (or equivalent) of coursework in educational foundation, which must include educational theory & methodology, instructional design, student evaluation and outcome assessment.
- Two (2) years of documented experience as a clinical instructor and/or center coordination of clinical education (CCCE), including instructing students from the beginning to the end of clinical rotations, for a CAPTE accredited Physical Therapist Assistant or Physical Therapy program, or two (2) years, or equivalent, of full-time experience in teaching, curriculum development, and administration in a physical therapist assistant or physical therapy program.
- Must hold current physical therapist and teaching licenses, certifications or other designations as required by local, state or federal laws to work in the field.
- Verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point and other computer skills.