Mohave Community College * 1977 Acoma Blvd, West * Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 * PTA Program Support 928-505-3351
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Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Attitudes may be reflected in outward behavior such as facial expressions, actions, body language, and conversation.
Students must exhibit behaviors that reflect an attitude of openness to learning and motivation to helping others. Listed
below are some of the expected attitudes, with examples of the type of observable behavior that is desirable.
1. Honesty and Integrity - Refuses to lie, steal or deceive in any way; abides by APTA’s Standards of Practice for
Physical Therapist Assistants.
2. Punctuality - Arrives on time for class, clinics and labs; completes assignments on time. This includes having all
appropriate clinical tools available.
3. Off-Campus Scholarly Activity - Behaviors during off-campus activities are similar to on-campus. All policies
regarding student behaviors will be the same as classroom expectations. Students need to adhere to appropriate
attire as indicated by the instructor.
4. Cooperativeness - Follows established departmental protocol and procedures; demonstrates a willingness to work
well with others and is receptive to suggestions for improvement.
5. Pride in Workmanship - Strives for improvement in assignments and clinic; requests assistance when having
difficulty in attaining the specified performance standards.
6. Mature Actions - Assumes responsibility and consequences for his/her actions; accepts his/her own limitations;
strives to resolve personal conflicts. Students are liable for supplies checked out in his/her name.
7. Consideration for Others - Demonstrates appropriate verbal and nonverbal communication and thoughtful regard
for the feelings and rights of other students, faculty, staff, and clinic personnel. The PTA is a member of the health
care team and must therefore learn to cooperate with others. Being respectful and courteous with classmates is the
first step toward this goal. Students should show the proper respect and courtesy to the members of the faculty and
staff. This applies whether in the classroom, in the lab, at the clinical facility, or anywhere on campus.
8. Concern for Patients - Demonstrates by verbal and nonverbal communication that the patient comes first; refrains
from spoken remarks and/or facial expressions which could arouse undue concern, alarm, or embarrassment to the
patients; respects patient’s rights to confidentiality or personal information; refrains from referring disparagingly to
the services of another health professional in the presence of a patient. The PTA student must be prompt, courteous,
and respectful at all times. The patient’s care must always be the PTA student’s primary concern.
9. Enthusiasm - Displays initiative in class, lab and in clinical situations; volunteers to assume responsibility.
10. Ability to Accept Constructive Criticism Gracefully - Strives to improve and is not defensive but receptive to
suggestions for improvement.
11. Clinical Decorum - Student focuses conversation during class and lab on information relevant to learning. Students
should remember that lab and clinic are designed to be learning experiences. There should be no visiting in lab or
clinic that disrupts the instructor. Remember the patient hears everything. Likewise, “chatting” with classmates
can also be overheard by patients in waiting rooms and hallways. Each student is responsible for maintaining the
cleanliness of the classrooms and lab areas.
12. Loyalty - Supports with words and actions the ideals and policies of the school, the program and the profession.
13. Pride in Personal Appearance - Student maintains professional appearance and personal hygiene consistent with
the program’s guidelines.
14. Tact - Exercises discretion in words and actions to maintain good relations with patients, peers and faculty.
The student is expected to abide by all provisions of the APTA Ethics and Professionalism, Guide for Professional
Conduct and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant published by the American Physical
Therapy Association. Students are also required to abide by the
MCC Student Code of Conduct. It is the student’s
responsibility to report changes in medical status, personal information, and/or illegal or criminal actions.
Clinical Dress Standards
Students are expected to dress appropriately and professionally during clinical education courses. Slacks with the PTA polo
shirts or requested clinical attire by the facility. Shoes must be clean and sturdy. You may be asked to wear scrubs at some
of your affiliations. Students must wear their ID badge always.
Jeans are unacceptable. T-shirts and sleeveless tops are unacceptable. Open-toed shoes and high heeled shoes are
unacceptable. Students will be sent home to change into appropriate attire.
Students in the program are expected to maintain grooming and hygiene standards consistent with the clinical workplace.
This means that:
Hair (including facial hair): Must be clean and trim. Long hair should be pulled back and secured.