Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Physical Therapist Assistant

Course Information Cr Hrs
PTA-100 Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant

This course provides an introduction to the role and scope of practice of the Physical Therapist Assistant. Emphasis will be on educational preparation, historical overview of physical therapy in the healthcare system, professional affi liations, structure and function of physical therapy services, ethical and legal issues in healthcare and the demographics of disability. This course also provides an introduction to a self-study program in medical terminology.

 Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA program.
2-2-0
PTA-140 Basic Neuroscience and Motor Development

This course focuses on principles of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, motor behavior, motor development and motor learning.

 Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA or OTA program
1-1-x
PTA-200 Therapeutic Procedures

This course is an introduction to patient care activities, fundamentals of patient handling, data collection, infection control procedures, wound management and environmental safety as related to physical therapy.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
6-3-9
PTA-210 Clinical Education I

This course entails an initial one-week observation experience in a physical therapy clinic to gain an overview of the practice of physical therapy in the contemporary healthcare environment.

 Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
1-4-0 (clinicals)
PTA-220 Physical Agents and Therapeutic Massage

This course is a study of the use of physical agents and massage in the practice of physical therapy for the relief of pain and inflammation and the facilitation of motor function. The course includes techniques of application, indications, contraindications, precautions and conditions for which treatment is provided.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
4-3-3
PTA-225 Clinical Kinesiology

The focus of this course includes principles of motion, body movements, muscle actions, and joint mechanics in relation to human movement. Principles of anatomical and biomechanical analysis as related to normal movement and modified by pathological conditions are included.

 Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA program.
5-4-2
PTA-230 Therapeutic Exercise I / Orthopedic and Cardiopulmonary Conditions

This course provides an introduction of basic exercise principles and the application to musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary conditions commonly encountered in physical therapy practice with discussion, demonstration and practice of therapeutic exercise interventions designed to improve musculoskeletal or cardiopulmonary function.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
4-3-3
PTA-240 Therapeutic Exercise II /Neurologic Conditions

This course provides an introduction of basic therapeutic intervention strategies for patients with neurologic conditions commonly encountered in physical therapy practice. Discussion, demonstration and practice of therapeutic interventions and compensatory strategies for impaired function are included.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses
3-2-3
PTA-250 Clinical Education I

This course entails a two-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience at each of two healthcare facilities in which there will be active student participation in patient care consistent with the completed academic coursework.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
3-0-x (Clinicals)
PTA-260 Professional Behaviors for the PTA

This course provides an introduction to the concept of individual differences, communication skills, psychology of disability and professional behavior within the healthcare delivery system.

 Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA program.
3-2-3
PTA-270 Selected Topics

This course is comprised of selected topics in physical therapy to complement prior course work and to respond to student and faculty (academic and clinical) identified requests for additional information. Clinical topics may include: advanced wound topics, chronic pain, orthotics, prosthetics and other contemporary issues encountered in physical therapy delivery systems.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
2-2-0
PTA-280 Clinical Education II

This course is comprised of a six-week, full-time, supervised clinical experience at each of two healthcare facilities. One facility must be an acute general hospital setting. Prior completion of academic coursework will allow integration of classroom and clinical experiences with refinement of assessment, communication and treatment skills.

 Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in all of the previous Physical Therapist Assistant courses.
10-0-x