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Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Morton College
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 9, 2023
Position Details

Position Information

Job Title
Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Reports To and Evaluated by
Dean of Adult, Career and Technical Education

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will possess at minimum a Master’s degree; licensure as a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant in the State of Illinois (or licensure eligible). The candidate will have a minimum of five years of clinical experience beyond entry-level. The candidate will have a minimum of two years of didactic and/or clinical teaching and experience in administration. The candidate will hold the equivalent of nine credits of coursework in educational foundations. The candidate will have excellent analytical, interpersonal, oral and written communications skills, as well as basic computer literacy.

Must be able to demonstrate the Morton College core values of compassion, fairness, respect, responsibility, tolerance and truth

Preferred Qualifications

Entry-level MPT, entry-level DPT, post-graduate advanced degree work in PT or a related field of study, and/or clinical specialist certification. Academic preparation and teaching experience in all levels of PT clinical practice and education. Experience working with culturally diverse students. Ability to use computer assisted technology to enhance teaching and learning. Bilingual skills.

Job Summary

The Director of PTA will direct educational activities of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, including, but not limited to planning, implementing and assessing the approved curriculum and student outcomes, and teaching designated PTA Program courses if needed to a diverse student population. It is the responsibility of the PTA Director to ensure that CAPTE is notified of expected or unexpected PTA program changes and to ensure appropriate submission of required fees and documentation to CAPTE . The PTA Director will manage the daily activities of the PTA program and resources needed to support the program. The individual will evaluate develop and assign academic faculty for the PTA program to ensure staffing and developmental requirements are met. The individual will work with PTA faculty and with the institution on budgets for operational and capital expenditure; participate on faculty committees; and perform other duties related to teaching and learning at a community college. The PTA Director must stay abreast of ongoing developments, trends, and issues in instruction and assessment in the community college environment.

Specific Job Duties

• Provide leadership in developing the PTA programs and ensure that program content remains current with practice and accreditation standards including CAPTE requirements for the PTA program
• Assess need for faculty and participate in recruitment and hiring based on needs of curriculum
• Evaluate and mentor faculty within the PTA program
• Provide guidance to faculty to ensure program effectiveness
• Promote career planning and development of PTA program faculty
• Involve PTA faculty in decision making related to program growth and development
• Facilitate faculty training for tech podium, other AV equipment and on Blackboard
• Train PTA faculty on grading standards and other requirements of course content consistent with PTA program guidelines
• Communicate on a regular basis with all program faculty
• Coordinate meetings and activities of the PTA program advisory committees – minimum of two per year
• Ensure compliance with college, state and national guidelines
• Develop communication network with other PT and PTA educators throughout the state/nation
• Maintain close communication with ACCE to ensure clinical education sites are meeting the needs of the PTA program and students
• Coordinate the preparation and annual review of syllabi for PTA program courses
• Review and assess PTA program curricula, and oversee submission of changes for review
• Collaborate with faculty on course content
• Schedule courses and room assignments in conjunction with PTA faculty
• Oversee the textbook and teaching resource review, selection and ordering for each program
• Keep current with CAPTE, APTA and state guidelines for knowledge and skills requirements of the PTA and ensure curriculum is revised accordingly
• Program marketing
• Assist with student recruitment and respond to all inquiries to the PTA program including; coordinate application process, conduct applicant interviews, review applicant materials to ensure all program requirements are met
• Work with admissions and financial aid to secure financial support for students as needed
• Organize and coordinate new student orientation and bootcamps prior to fall classes based on each program’s needs
• Maintain student records
• Address student problems/complaints
• Participate in academic/individual student counseling and advising
• Coordinate PTA student degree plan preparation
• Serve as advisor for PTA club – meets once a month
• Create, interpret and enforce PTA program policies/handbooks..
• Ensure PTA students have CPR certification and HIPPA training prior to clinical education
• Prepare PTA students for state licensure and NPTE
• Maintain program compliance with accreditation criteria
• Maintain records for Annual Accreditation Report ( PTA )
• Maintain policies and procedures and assessment data on students and faculty in compliance with CAPTE and facility guidelines
• Maintain communication with CAPTE and notify of substantive program changes
• Assist in department budget preparation
• Responsible for ensuring fees are paid to relevant accrediting bodies and organizations, including but not limited to CAPTE and FSBPT
• ICCB PTA program review
• Assist in development and evaluation of long and short term program objectives
• Recommend catalogue revision as indicated
• Plan and conduct department meetings
• Participate in college committees as indicated
• Work with other Deans and faculty as required to meet the needs of the PTA programs
• Submit class schedules developed in conjunction with PTA faculty
• Maintain effective communication with college administration – including timely notification of sensitive issues
• Cooperate with public information and publication personnel in the development of PTA,recruitment and promotional material and newsworthy community information
• Establish and maintain an effective liaison with relevant industries, professional groups and associations
• Program assessment to include, but not limited to:
• Coordinate data gathering on program and student performance, interpret and analyze program data to identify areas of deficiency/success
• Coordinate graduate and employer surveys, interpret and analyze data to identify achievement of performance objectives
• Interpret and analyze course data from students to identify achievement of performance objectives
• Maintain relationships with alumni, advisory board members, faculty at other PT/ PTA institutions in Illinois, clinical education sites
• Maintain oversight of operations within PTA, programs
• Coordinate equipment calibration, maintenance, repair and new purchase
• Coordinate the maintenance of a safe and effective physical environment conducive to the needs of learning and PTA instruction
• Maintain personal professional development
• Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Salary Range
$90-100k annually

Posting Details

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Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you licensure eligible as a PT/PTA?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you learn about this employment opportunity?
    • Morton "careers" website
    • Internal posting
    • Monster
    • Careerbuilder
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed jobs
    • HACU
    • newspaper/trade journal
    • LinkedIn
  3. * Are you at State Universities Retirement System (SURS) annuitant, currently receiving a monthly annuity, or plan to apply for a retirement annuity under SURS within the next three (3) months?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letters of Recommendation
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Other

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