Carry an academic and administrative load to equal an average of 24 load hours per academic year. Responsible for the oversight and day-to-day operations of the Physical Therapy Assistant educational program.


PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Essential functions of position.)

  1. Foster the development of the appropriate operational standards, coursework and milieu for a Physical Therapy Assistant educational program that meets CAPTE accreditation standards.
  2. Lead the process for CAPTE accreditation/re-accreditation.
  3. Coordinate the implementation of a Physical Therapy Assistant educational program.
  4. Oversee the function of the PTA program and faculty to maintain program effectiveness, accreditation standard compliance, and budgetary parameters;
  5. Market the PTA program to the healthcare community, inclusive of prospective students and faculty.
  6. Coordinate faculty load assignments to assure all courses scheduled have qualified instructors.


MANAGERIAL/SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: At least 50% of time is spent in managerial capacity. Directly supervises Program Faculty; works in conjunction with the Clinical Coordinator to supervise clinical faculty.

  1. Evaluate faculty performances annually and as needed. Discuss evaluations with faculty and provide copy to the Division Chair, the Dean’s office, and the employee file.
  2. Guide faculty development.
  3. Provide day-to-day programmatic management.
  4. Act in conjunction with the Program Coordinators/Directors within the Division of Health Professions to identify opportunities for inter-professional education in both the classroom and the clinical setting.
  5. Oversee and resolve programmatic issues and complaints.
  6. Preside over programmatic meetings and attend divisional and institutional faculty meetings.
  7. Complete program evaluation activities for areas of responsibility.
  8. Recommend contractual agreements with clinical agencies.
  9. Recruitment and retention of students;
  10. Oversight of admission and progression of students;
  11. Liaison with the Assistant Dean of Online Programming to assure online or hybrid course structures and schedules remain in congruence with CMU guidelines and requirements;
  12. Faculty recruitment;
  13. Lead the development and revision of curriculum;
  14. Participate in the University-wide, CLAS, or CGES committees as assigned;
  15. Participate with University-wide accreditation processes;
  16. Develop budget requirements and submit to the Division and the Vice-President and Dean of the University. Oversee budget expenditure.
  17. Assist with development and implementation of new divisional programs.
  18. Further professional development by participation in professional organizations and/or continuing education programs and workshops.




Currently licensed in Missouri as a PT or a PTA

Minimum of a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, education, or a related area, PhD preferred

Didactic and/or clinical education experience required.

Administrative experience.

Minimum of 5 years full time, post-licensure clinical work experience in Physical Therapy.

Experience with the PT/PTA relationship

Contemporary expertise in assigned teaching areas




Frequently stand for at least one hour consecutively.

Able to effectively complete the typical professional Physical Therapy workload

Operate classroom and meeting audio-visual equipment.

Speak loudly and clearly enough to be understood by students.




Communication: The Program Director must be able to utilize effective communication with peers, subordinates, students and their families, and other educational providers. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to effectively interpret and process written and verbal information.
  2. Ability to effectively communicate (verbally and in writing) with students, peers, clients/families, healthcare professionals, and others within the community.
  3. Ability to access information and to communicate and document effectively via computer.
  4. Ability to recognize, interpret, and respond to nonverbal behavior of self and others.
  5. Consistently demonstrate a professional presentation that upholds the Central Methodist University missions statements and philosophy.

Behavior: The Program Director must be capable of exercising good judgment, developing empathetic and therapeutic relationships with students, clients and others. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to work with multiple students/families and colleagues at the same time.
  2. Ability to foster and maintain cooperative and collegial relationships with students and peers.
  3. Ability to provide faculty leadership and support faculty development.

Critical Thinking: The Program Director must possess sufficient abilities in the areas of calculation, critical problem solving, reasoning, and judgment to be able to comprehend and process information within a reasonable time frame as determined by the profession. The faculty member must be able to prioritize, organize, and attend to responsibilities efficiently. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Ability to collect, interpret and analyze written, verbal and observed data.
  2. Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, integrate information and make decisions.
  3. Ability to apply knowledge of the principles, indications, and contraindications for nursing educational processes.
  4. Ability to act safely and ethically in the classroom and in the community.


OTHER INFORMATION AND ATTRIBUTES: This is a 10-month position and has a required minimum of 24 hours of academic and administrative load per year. Overload can be negotiated.

Serves as an effective, collegial member of CMU and Health Professions Division faculty.

  1. Contributes to monitoring and evaluating of students.
  2. Supports the work and efforts of colleagues in achieving the programmatic, divisional, and institutional mission and vision.
  3. Contributes creatively and helpfully to setting and meeting goals.
  4. Seeks innovative, cost-effective solutions to programmatic, divisional, and institutional challenges.
  5. Sets and meets timelines; prioritizes own work and that of faculty and students.

Refer to the CLAS Faculty Handbook at for additional information about faculty responsibilities.

Demonstrates an understanding of substantial higher education issues.

Participates actively in appropriate state, regional and national professional organizations, as well as community groups

Candidates should submit an application, cover letter, and resume to Human Resources.  Applications and instructions are located on the website at 

CMU Employees provide collegial, collaborative contributions to their areas and the University as a whole.  They should stimulate a harmonious, productive and inviting work environment that is customer service oriented.  Each must maintain a commitment to the mission and purposes of CMU.   Central Methodist University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.