Division of Allied Health | Louisiana College

Division of Allied Health

 The Louisiana College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program is a two year program in which graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree, eligibility to become licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant, and the opportunity to become part of an exciting and rewarding profession.  The field of physical therapy offers PTAs the opportunity to make a difference in a person’s life while working in dynamic clinical settings including but not limited to hospitals, nursing homes, school systems, rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics, the need for PTAs in the workforce is anticipated to increase more than 4 percent by 2022.  Because the PTA program curriculum is delivered within the context of a Christian worldview, our graduates make a difference in their communities by serving as Christian role models and compassionate health care providers to the physical therapy profession and community at large.

The program is led by Drs. Amy Stallings and Shaina Goudeau who have nearly 25 years of combined clinical experience as licensed physical therapist in a variety of clinical settings.  Ms.  Penny Reeves also serves as program faculty/laboratory assistant.  She has been a licensed PTA for more than five years and holds a bachelor's degree in athletic training and master's degree in exercise science.

Mission

The Louisiana College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program subscribes to and supports the mission, philosophies, values, and goals of Louisiana College and the accreditation standards established by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The Louisiana College PTA faculty and students recognize the intrinsic value and right to optimal health. These rights and values are embraced in the threefold strands of the PTA curriculum which are: Christian service, competencies relative to a Physical Therapist Assistant Career, and a lifelong commitment to the PTA career. The
PTA Program at Louisiana College is committed to the highest standards of ethics, professionalism and academic excellence. The stakeholders of the PTA Program believe the PTA Program must provide a variety of didactic and clinical learning experiences which support the acquisition of knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary to practice safely and effectively under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist in order to become a vital member of the healthcare team.

Christian Service - The Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree program reflects the mission of Louisiana College’s Christian service component delivered to the client. The program seeks a diverse population of students who will share their talents and gifts in their growth as physical therapist assistants through Christian service by developing a spirit of altruism and healing---- with reverence and love for all of life with all of those entrusted to their care and by serving as a Christian role model/compassionate health care provider to the physical therapy profession and community at large.

Competencies - Competencies relative to the PTA career will be acquired upon completion of the program, initiating a commitment to a high standard of scholarship and ethical standards which reflect the institution’s mission and heritage of academic excellence. Through facilities of the institution and clinic with emphasis on technology and communication, opportunities will be provided for engagement in scholarly activities to advance the knowledge of physical therapy and an understanding of one’s role as a PTA working under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Life-Long Education - Life-long appreciation for and furthering of education within the Physical Therapist Assistant career will inspire a commitment to achievement of advanced knowledge, skills and abilities for excellence in provision of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist and will assist in creating, anticipating and responding to an evolving health care system and new responsibilities.

Taylor E.

"I wouldn't change my decision to become a PTA, and I could not have chosen a better program to prepare me to become one. The professors at LC are dedicated to their students, and their ultimate goal is that each student not only becomes a successful therapist, but better people in life."