Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

Introduction to Physical Therapy

PTA100

Exploration of the Physical Therapy profession from inception to modern day practice and the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant as a member of the health-care team. Components of professional practice including communication, ethics, documentation, reimbursement, use of professional literature, and service will be explored. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH153 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH160 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH180 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH190 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH240 and MTR100. Corequisite(s): PTA120 and PTA130. Spring Only.

Clinical Kinesiology

PTA120

Exploration of human movement including the necessary joint mechanics and muscle performance necessary for functional movements. Anatomy and physiology of muscle function as well as common pathologies of the musculoskeletal system will be reviewed for their impact on an individual's ability to create purposeful movement for both complex and simple motions. Musculoskeletal control of human gait as well as phases of gait will be explored in normal and abnormal conditions. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH153 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH160 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH180 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH190 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH240 and MTR100. Corequisite(s): PTA100 and PTA130. Spring Only.

PT Procedures I

PTA130

Theory and application of commonly used physical therapy interventions including universal precautions, vital sign monitoring, patient positioning and functional training and mobility activities that are an integral part of physical therapy practice. Emphasis will be on safe application of techniques and documentation of interventions. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH153 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH160 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH180 and MTR100 or BIO115 and ENL111 and MTH190 and MTR100 or BIO110 and ENL111 and MTH240 and MTR100. Corequisite(s): PTA100 and PTA120. Spring Only.

Pathology for the PTA

PTA210

Overview of diseases and conditions that affect individuals throughout their lifespan and may have affected their ability to maintain mobility and independence. Diseases will be covered that affect the major body systems as well as other special topics of interest to physical therapy. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO115 and BIO125 and MTR100 and PTA100 and PTA120 and PTA130. Corequisite(s): PTA225. Summer Only.

Level 1 Clinical Experience

PTA215

An integrated clinical experience to occur one day a week in an acute care, outpatient, or a long term care facility with the opportunity to observe clinical treatment and apply skills and knowledge gained during the first technical semester of the PTA program. All activities will be performed in the presence of a licensed physical therapist. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 6 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and MTR100 and PSY111 and PTA100 and PTA120 and PTA130 and PTA210 and PTA225. Corequisite(s): PTA220 and PTA230. Fall Only.

Therapeutic Exercise

PTA220

Theory and application of therapeutic exercise for conditions that affect an individual's ability to move independently and without pain. Topics will include those related to muscle performance, tests and measures of performance, cardiopulmonary endurance, balance, neuromuscular control, mobility, stability and health promotion. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and PTA100 and PTA120 and PTA210 and PTA225. Corequisite(s): PTA215 and PTA230. Fall Only.

Physical Agents

PTA225

Introduction to the use of various physical agents in physical therapy including thermal modalities, electrical modalities, and mechanical therapies, for safe and effective treatment of various patient conditions. 4 Credits (2 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): BIO125 and PTA100 and PTA120 and PTA130. Corequisite(s): PTA210. Summer Only.

Clinical Neurology

PTA230

Anatomy of the nervous system, physiology of nerve transmission, and fetal development of the nervous system will be discussed for understanding of pathological conditions that affect individuals and cause them to need the services of a physical therapist. Common medical testing, and physical therapy assessment and treatment will be discussed for application to the neurological population. The role of the physical therapist assistant in treatment interventions will be emphasized. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PTA210 and PTA225. Corequisite(s): PTA215 and PTA220. Fall Only.

Ethics and Law for the PTA

PTA240

History of ethics in physical therapy and the addition of the 'Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant' will be examined as they relate to clinical practice, including decision making models for solving ethical dilemmas. Laws related to malpractice, liability, fraud, and abuse will be discussed as well as reporting mechanisms for suspected violation. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PTA215 and PTA220 and PTA230. Corequisite(s): PTA245 and PTA250 and PTA260 and PTA265. Spring Only.

PTA Professional Seminar

PTA245

Topics related to the licensing examination, resumé writing, interview skills, employment opportunities and professional development. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PTA215 and PTA220 and PTA230. Corequisite(s): PTA240 and PTA250 and PTA260 and PTA265. Spring Only.

PT Procedures II

PTA250

Advanced wheelchair mobility and fitting, bracing and the use of or thotic devices will be covered in this course which builds on the foundational information from Procedures 1.Students will apply therapeutic massage, learn would management and advanced funcional training activities including those appropriate to occupational medicine, amongst others. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PTA215 and PTA220 and PTA225 and PTA230. Corequisite(s): PTA240 and PTA245 and PTA260 and PTA265. Spring Only.

Rehabilitation

PTA260

Exploration of conditions that present to physical therapy for rehabilitation including both acquired and congential conditions of the musculoskeletal system, cardiopulmonary system and vascular including rehabilitation of the complex medical patient and others as appropriate to physical therapy practice. Emphasis will be on hands-on skills and knowledge appropriate to the PTA student. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PTA215 and PTA220 and PTA230. Corequisite(s): PTA240 and PTA245 and PTA250 and PTA265. Spring Only.

Orthopedics and Sports in PT

PTA265

Examination of orthopedic and sports-related conditions in pediatric and adult populations. Surgical conditions requiring protocol specific rehabilitation as well as non-surgical and sport specific conditions will be covered. Emphasis will be placed on the role of the PTA in physical therapy treatment and progression. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PTA215 and PTA220 and PTA230. Corequisite(s): PTA240 and PTA245 and PTA250 and PTA260. Spring Only.

Level 2A Clinical Experience

PTA270

A minimum of seven weeks of full time supervised clinical experience practicing the skills of an entry level PTA. Assignment to an orthopedic, long term care, or acute care setting where they receive practical experience integrating and applying knowledge and skills to patients/clients of a variety of ages and conditions. All activities will be performed in the presence of a licensed physical therapist. Successful completion of all required course work of the PTA curriculum, current CPT certification, and approval of the department prior to enrolling in this course is required. Grading evaluated as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. NOTE: Student is responsible for room, board and all transportation to and from the clinical site. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): PTA240 and PTA245 and PTA250 and PTA260 and PTA265. Summer Only.

Level 2B Clinical Experience

PTA275

A minimum of seven weeks of full time clinical education experience in acute care, outpatient, long term care, or specialty facility (as approved by the department) to follow successful completion of Clinical Education 2A. This is the final supervised clinical experience for students and should be completed in a setting not previously utilized for clinical education. Practical experience encounters integrating and applying knowledge and skills with patients of varied ages and conditions. All activities will be performed in the presence of a licensed physical therapist. Completion of all coursework of the PTA curriculum, Level 2A Clinical Education, current CPT certification, and approval of the department prior to enrollment in this course are required. NOTE: Student is responsible for room, board, and all transportation to and from the clinical site. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Clinical) Corequisite(s): PTA270. Summer Only.

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