2014 Spring Physical Therapist Assistant Student SLO Assessment Survey

2014 Spring Physical Therapist Assistant Student SLO Assessment Survey

Physical Therapist Assistant Spring 2014 Student SLO
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1. What did you like about this program?
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Organized, Learn a lot of vital information, Very hands-on, Great teachers
The hands on classes, I learn best when I can perform the task instead of just talking about it.
The instructors and the way the info was taught. The amount lab time to gain hands on
experience. The pot lucks!!!
The teaching staff. Hands on learning
I like that the teachers are very hands on and flexiable to different learning styles. I liked that we
had the same 3 teachers throughout my 2 years in the program were we got to know each other
very well.
I enjoyed receiving hands on experience and having instructors who were always the there to
help me understand what I was doing
I enjoyed the hands on experience and small class sizes which allowed for a greater leaning
experience and opportunity to ask questions and receive instant answers and feedback.
I like our teachers a lot. They do a very good job at making sure we have the realistic skills we
need to be good PTAs. They helped us in every way they could and would go out of their way to
help us achieve.
The program is very personable. The instructors get invested and care about success in the
program. Standards are high but it should be that way.
Lots of hands on time, afforded time to study, the in depth nature of the material
The program was very organized, challenging and rewarding at the same time. Each instructor
provided a syllabus with their expectations for the course, used Blackboard for communication
and stretched me more than my bachelor degree that I received years ago. I feel a great
accomplishment for successfully completing and graduating from the program.
Teachers
Hands on program, Great staff, understanding the way the body works
Everything. I don't have any complaints. A major part of why enjoyed this program so much was
because of the faculty. All three instructors are the main strength of this program. They are
knowledgeable, skilled, and truly good teachers. Shari, Scott and Jeff are a terrific team and
compliment each other very well. Each one puts much effort into making sure each of their
students grasp and understand the information. Shari is especially good at giving lectures. Scott
is great at explaining things to you individually, and Jeff is the backbone of it all. He sticks with
you from the beginning of the program till the end and is so enthusiastic about what he does. I
think the lab portions of each class are the most beneficial, and more specifically having the
instructor there to help you on a 1-on-1 basis. Not everyone has the same learning styles, so I
appreciate that there are a variety of methods used to teach the information. I especially liked
the way Ortho was layed out. It was organized extremely well. The assignments were an
especially helpful way to learn the information-the ones where we had to read articles and give
written short answers that forced us to think and reason why. They were time consuming but
well worth it, and I still remember everything from them. I learned so much throughout this
program, and would recommend it to others. It is a TON, TON of work, but enjoyable. I really,
really liked this program. All in all, it's a very strong program - curriculum, projects, and
instructors. Keep this program!!!
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2. What would you change about this program?
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How the wait list is organized, Admissions counselors knowing how the wait list works
The length of time you get to spend on topics.
Nothing
More time for cardio neuro
Nothing
Nothing I feel this program prepared the best it could have.
If I could change anything it would be to make it longer. It was a lot to learn in a very short
amount of time.
I would have liked to been more experienced with everyday equipment that is used by nursing
staff and others. Like the EZ stand and bed alarms. I feel it is necessary to know those things
also in order to help patients in a SNF facility. And when I was asked to use them in the SNF I
was uneasy and wasn't confident in my skills.
Having this program in a trimester set up is very difficult, especially on stress levels.
I would turn various "comp check" days into a on paper quiz format. Then use the rest of the
day to jump to new material instead of using one whole lab time on the checks and practicing.
The current style in convenient in certain instances, but not in others.
If the pace could be slower, the information gained could be explained more in detail. Maybe a
3 year program would be a better fit than cramming it into 2 years...
Nothing
More emphasis on patient statuses - like patient safety, requirements for being independent,
when to decide that a patient is safe to be independent in a SNF setting. Activities that help you
to reason on when to let your patient do things on their own. And what specific functional
activities a pt. needs to be able to do before being discharged. Also, more insight into how PT's
decide on goals. We learn so much specific information, that sometimes it's hard to bring it all
full circle. I think it would be a good idea to collaborate with the OTA program for an activity
similar to what we did with the PT students, with delegating tasks and treatments between PTA
and PT. It is unclear what Occupation Therapy does versus Physical Therapy in the beginning,
and really up until clinicals. Just simply being together and getting an overview of what their
focus is, what their treatments look like, and giving them an overview of what we do, and
treatments we use and goals for patients that we have. Cardiopulmonary and Integumentary
needs more emphasis. It seemed to be breezed through and felt like it was given the least
importance during the 1st semester of 2nd year's classes. It is a tough class, so we need more
time in class to be cover everything. Lectures need to be covered slower (I realize there's a lot
of information to cover in a short period of time), but it is a lot of in-depth information that needs
more time to be digested and understood. I think it would be a good idea to have Cardio &
Integumentary during the summer by itself, to allow for more time and dedication to this class.
It's included in the same semester as Ortho and Neuro which are very time consuming classes
both on campus and off. A unit on medications would be a helpful addition to the curriculum.
Not that time allows. :) I would make more hour requirements for job shadowing during Pro
Issues 1. And possibly over the summer in between year 1 and 2. Not only more hours, but
there could be "X" number of hours required in an outpatient setting, "x" number of hours
required to job shadow in a SNF setting, etc. I wish I would have done more job shadowing
before the program, and during the summer in between. It would have made the first year more
beneficial. I did quite a bit in the summer, but even more would have been helpful to get a better
perspective on the crazy amount of information we go through during year 2. That way we can
place and identify information we learn more easily.

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3. As a result of this program:
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Disagree

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Agree

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Agree

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0

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0

0

5

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I have learned
effective
communication
skills.

4. Provide any comments you have on effective
communication skills you learned.
Text Response
Types of questions to ask patients and how to interact with different types of people.
Ability to communicate in different ways with different kinds of people.
I learned how and when to use professional and technical medical language in the clinic setting
as well as improved written communication skills.
I have learned that I need to introduce myself to everyone and how to answer questions better.
Our teachers provided us with good tips such as the elderly sometimes need a deeper voice to
hear, not just a louder one. Which has helped me communicate more efficiently.
Great instructors that challenged everyone.
I feel I have improved tremendously in my written communications, speaking in technical terms,
and verbal communication. We had a lot of emphasis on how to teach others, mainly patients,
why we do things, how to explain treatments, how to teach exercises which has helped me in
more than just being a PTA, but being a better communicator in general.
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6

5. As a result of this program:
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I am able to
apply
mathematical
concepts.

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0

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1

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6. Provide any comments you have on mathematical
concepts you learned.
Text Response
We didn't have a math class.
We learned some math concepts like Cardio with max heart rate equations. But I was not
prepare with Medicare minutes at all.
very little math except in modalities and cardiovascular
Thank goodness there isn't a whole lot of need for math in this profession. We learned a few
mathematical formulas, ie Karvonen method for figuring out heart rate ranges, but not much
beyond that.
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4

7. As a result of this program:
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0

0

4

6

4

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I learned
how to
transfer
social and
natural
science
theories into
practical
applications.

8. Provide any comments you have on transferring social
and natural science theories into practical applications.
Text Response
We do, directly and indirectly, learn and apply physics throughout the program. With
biomechanics of the body, manual therapy techniques, arthrokinematics, and when learning
how to handle patients during transfers and other activities.
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9. As a result of this program:
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I learned
critical
thinking
skills.

0

0

0

2

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10. Provide any comments you have on critical thinking
skills you learned.
Text Response
The instructors made us think our way through questions we had.
Physical therapy is very grey and each patient is different you have to think critically, on your
feet
Critical thinking skills are used and encouraged everyday in this program. Every instructor does
a good job helping students to develop critical thinking skills which are very necessary to
function as PTA. PTA's need to be able to think quickly on their feet and reason well when
treating patients.
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11. As a result of this program:
Question

Strongly
Disagree

0

I have
learned to
use
technology
effectively.

Disagree

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0

2

9

3

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12. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about using technology effectively.
Text Response
Technology is learned largely through the use of modalities in this program.
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13. As a result of this program:
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0

0

0

3

11

14

I have
learned to
value
myself and
work
ethically
with others
in a diverse
population.

14. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about valuing yourself and working ethically with others in a
diverse population.
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15. As a result of this program:
Question
I am able to
make
decisions
that
incorporate
the
importance
of
sustainability.

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0

0

2

6

6

14

16. Provide any comments you have on what you learned
about incorporating the importance of sustainability in
decisions you make.
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17. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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0

Question

0

0

1

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demonstrate
effective
communication
with patients,
families, and
health care
team.

18. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
Yes, this is largely learned during all three clinical internships. Although we are taught well how
to communicate with patients throughout the program classes.
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19. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
exhibit
behaviors
and
conduct
that reflect
respect
and
sensitivity
according
to physical
therapy
practice
standards.

Strongly
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0

0

0

2

12

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20. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
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21. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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0

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3

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function
under the
supervision
of a
physical
therapist in
a safe,
legal,
ethical
manner.

22. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
There could be more emphasis on communication with the PT and other members of the
therapy team. i.e. What needs to be communicated to the PT, what to delegate to PT aides,
when to involve nursing or other disciplines, etc.
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23. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
produce
documentation
to support the
delivery of
physical
therapy
services.

Strongly
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0

0

1

4

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24. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
The instructors made sure we were thorough with our notes.
we worked on alot of documentation but it is not like how it really s in real life
Documentation was a struggle for me during clinicals... We could use more practice in class or
at least lab time...
Documentation is covered well, and introduced fairly early on, but just takes a lot of practice
during clinical rotations to become proficient at it.
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4

25. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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0

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4

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demonstrate
critical
thinking
skills to
implement
and adjust a
plan of care
under the
direction
and
supervision
of a physical
therapist.

26. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
There could be more emphasis on communication with the PT and other members of the
therapy team. i.e. What needs to be communicated to the PT, what to delegate to PT aides,
when to involve nursing or other disciplines, etc. Also more clear instruction how when to
speak to the PT about the a need to alter the POC.
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27. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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0

0

0

2

12

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perform
technically
competent
data
collection
under the
direction
and
supervision
of the
physical
therapist.

28. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
We learned the necessary skills for data collection.
Technical skills are very strong with every student in this program. This is covered well.
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29. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
perform
technically
competent
physical
therapy
interventions
under the
direction
and
supervision
of the
physical
therapist.

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Disagree

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0

0

0

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30. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
Interventions including TherEx, Balance training, modalities, manual therapy, neuro
interventions etc. are covered very thoroughly and I feel is the major strength of this program.
During clinicals I felt very well prepared to carry out treatment sessions. I could easily identify
what impairments the pt. presented with, what treaments needed to be done, and felt very
comfortable implementing any intervention needed.
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31. As a result of this program, I learned to:
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educate
patients,
family and
other
providers.

0

0

0

6

8

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32. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
We learn how to teach others, how to educate/explain complicated concepts in laymen's terms.
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33. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
integrate
components
of
administrative,
operational
and fiscal
practices of
physical
therapy
service in a
variety of
settings.

Strongly
Disagree

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0

1

1

7

5

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34. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
There is not a whole lot of focus on this aspect of the physical therapy setting. This could be
developed further.
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35. As a result of this program, I learned to:
Question
implement a
self-directed
plan for
career
development,
credentialing,
and lifelong
learning.

Strongly
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Neither
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0

0

0

7

7

14

36. Provide any comments you have about learning this
program outcome.
Text Response
This is covered and encouraged with ConEd credits offered through the WPTA WCD and are
free to students which are available locally throughout the program.

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37. CONCLUSION - Please use this space to share any other
feedback, comments, or suggestions about your experience
at Western Technical College.
Text Response
The admissions counselors are horrible and not helpful at all. They do not understand the wait
list for this program at all and give out confusing information to students attempting to get into
this program. The financial help is not helpful either. They were unable to answer most of the
questions that I had. The teachers I have had throughout this program were fantastic and very
helpful. Having the Health and Science center be my place of learning was great. There are so
many resources to use and it is helpful to be learning around other people going into the health
industry.
It's nice they give you a heads up how fast pace this program is during orientation. They really
prepare you for the clinic and what you can expect when you get to your internships.
I enjoyed my time at Western Technical College thanks to the great PTA program instructors
who kept the classes interesting and challenging!
I am glad that I went back to school and became a PTA. It is very rewarding and always
needed occupation.
Great program. Great school. Keep this program and keep the instructors.
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