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PTA Courses

PTA 100: Introduction to Physical Therapy
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program, Completion with a grade of C or better, or concurrent enrollment in, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, and PTA 121. This course introduces students to the profession of physical therapy and the role of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) as part of the physical therapist/physical therapist assistant team. It includes the historical background of physical therapy, practice settings, and the role of the American Physical Therapy Association within the profession. Discussions are facilitated about legal and ethical issues, communication, cultural awareness, research and documentation in physical therapy. 1 HR

PTA 101: Principles of Patient Care
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program, Completion with a grade of C or better, or concurrent enrollment in, PTA 100, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120 & PTA 121. This course will introduce students to patient care activities for patients with orthopedic injury to include bed mobility, transfers and gait training and wheelchair fitting/mobility. In addition, this course also prepares the student to assess ROM, muscle strength, vital signs, manage medical emergencies, document in a medical record, instruct in patient education and comply with isolation techniques. 2 HRS

PTA 102: Patient Care Skills & Assessment
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program, Completion with a grade of C or better, or concurrent enrollment in, PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, and PTA 121. This course provides the student the opportunity to perform basic patient care skills and data collection discussed in PTA 101 Principles of Patient Care. Clinical case scenarios are utilized for students to develop their skills in communication and clinical problem solving while performing physical therapy data collection/interventions as outlined in the physical therapist’s plan of care. 2 HRS

PTA 110: Physical Agents in Rehabilitation I
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program, Completion with a grade of C or better, or concurrent enrollment in, PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 111, PTA 120 & PTA 121. This is the first unit of study concerning physical agents utilized in physical therapy. General principles regarding the use of physical agents in the rehabilitation process, review and considerations for implementing the plan of care, along with the role of the physical therapist assistant is explained. Soft tissue techniques, thermal and mechanical agents are explored, and discussion of each intervention includes: purpose/indication, basic physiologic response, precautions, contraindications, safety considerations and application techniques. Methods of data collection and documentation guidelines are also presented. 2 HRS

PTA 111: Application of Physical Agents I
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the PTA program, Completion with a grade of C or better, or concurrent enrollment in, PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 120 & PTA 121.This course allows students to apply the physical agents presented in PTA 110 including: massage, fascia release, soft tissue mobilization, moist heat, paraffin, ultrasound, cryotherapy, contrast bath, hydrotherapy, traction, intermittent compression, compression wraps and aseptic technique. Clinical case scenarios are utilized to mimic “real” patient presentation and to promote appropriate review and implementation of the plan of care. In addition proper posturing and draping techniques along with effective communication, clinical decision making and time management are emphasized. Indications, contraindication, precautions and safety consideration regarding the physical agents are also stressed. 1.5 HRS

PTA 120: Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program and completion with a grade of “C” or better or concurrent enrollment in PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111 and PTA 121. This course provides exercise guidelines for patients with movement disorders. Principles and types of therapeutic exercises along with special consideration of exercise intervention related to tissue & joint injury, healing and postoperative management will be covered. 3 HRS

PTA 121: Therapeutic Exercise-Orthoped Cond.
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program and completion with a grade of “C” or better, or concurrent enrollment in PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111 and PTA 120. This course provides students the opportunity to practice the assessment and exercise techniques discussed in PTA 120 to safely and effectively provide and or progress exercise interventions for patients with orthopedic conditions. 2 HRS

PTA 140: Clinical Experience 1
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120 & PTA 121 with a grade of C or better. This course provides clinical opportunity for practical experience in applying knowledge and skill presented in the first year PTA classes. Opportunities are available for students to observe, assist patients and perform physical therapy interventions and data collection under the supervision of a clinical instructor. Classroom presentation is provided prior to clinical experience to discuss appropriate clinical behavior, evidence based practice, ethical guidelines and decision making. 4 HRS

PTA 210: Physical Agents in Rehabilitation II
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, PTA 121 & PTA 140 with a grade of C or better and completion with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment in PTA 211, PTA 220, PTA 221 & PTA 230. This is the second unit of study concerning physical agents utilized in physical therapy. Foundational information regarding electrical stimulation is presented to prepare the student to explore the clinical application of electrical stimulation for the treatment of pain, edema, tissue damage, impaired joint mobility and muscle disuse atrophy. In addition this course reviews the integumentary system and provides information regarding assessment and treatment of wounds. Documentation guidelines for the interventions are also discussed. 3 HRS

PTA 211: Application of Physical Agents II
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, PTA 121 & PTA 140 with a grade of C or better and completion with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment in PTA 210, PTA 220, PTA 221 & PTA 230. This course allows students to apply the physical agents presented in PTA 210: electrical stimulation for the treatment of pain, edema, tissue damage, impaired joint mobility and muscle disuse atrophy. The course will promote competency with the following intervention components: selection of specific intervention and/or parameters (within physical therapists plan of care), applying intervention and monitoring patient response, as well as subsequent parameter modifications. Proper positioning and draping of patients are emphasized. Indications, contraindications/precautions and safety are stressed. Communication, problem solving, and time management are also addressed in the delivery of quality patient care. 1.5 HRS

PTA 220: Concepts in Rehabilitation
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, PTA 121 & PTA 140 with a grade of C or better and completion with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment in PTA 210, PTA 211, PTA 221& PTA 230. This course begins with instruction in data collection for patients with spinal pathologies and progresses to understanding the causes, common management methods and rehabilitation of these disorders. The course then focuses on the rehabilitation concepts of motor development, motor learning and motor control to prepare the student to treat the pediatric population and the neurologically impaired patient. Rehabilitative considerations for the patient with amputation are also discussed as well as ADA requirements for accessibility. 4 HRS

PTA 221: Rehabilitation Techniques
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, PTA 121 & PTA 140 with a grade of C or better and completion with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment in PTA 210, PTA 211, PTA 220 & PTA 230. This course allows students to apply the rehabilitative techniques discussed in PTA 220. Data collection, exercise interventions along with education/instruction on ergonomics and body mechanics are performed for the patient with spinal disorders. The course shifts to treatment of patients with simulated neurological conditions; interventions consisting of pregait, balance activities, and gait training are utilized or employed. Clinical decision making is emphasized throughout the course with presentation of the material in a clinical case format with an expectation that students will be able to select and modify interventions within the physical therapist’s plan of care. 2 HRS

PTA 230: PTA Pathophysiology
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, PTA 121 & PTA 140 with a grade of C or better and completion with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment in PTA 210, PTA 211, PTA 220 & PTA 221. This course provides the student with an overview of pathological conditions of the human body. Involved anatomy and/or physiology, as well as etiology, signs and symptoms, prognosis, medical and physical therapy management of the pathologies will be reviewed with specific content related to physical therapy interventions, precautions and contraindications. 3 HRS

PTA 240: Clinical Experience II
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, PTA 121, PTA 140, PTA 210, PTA 211, PTA 220, PTA 221 &PTA 230 all with a grade of C or better and completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in PTA 250. This course provides the final clinical opportunities for practical experience in applying all the knowledge and skills presented during all previous PTA courses. Skills are refined under the supervision of a clinical instructor, working toward mastery of clinical skills, critical thinking and professional behaviors required of an entry-level physical therapist assistant. 10 HRS

PTA 250: Clinical Seminar
Prerequisites: Admission to PTA program, completion of PTA 100, PTA 101, PTA 102, PTA 110, PTA 111, PTA 120, PTA 121, PTA 140, PTA 210, PTA 211, PTA 220, PTA 221 &PTA 230 all with a grade of C or better and completion with a C or better or concurrent enrollment in PTA 240. This course is the final stage of preparation for the development of an entry-level PTA. Topics presented in this course include billing/reimbursement, discharge planning, legal issues, sexual harassment and professionalism. Evidence-based practice is examined related to literature search techniques and critically appraising clinical practice articles to determine the validity, impact and applicability to clinical practice. Job searching skills and workforce preparation activities, such as resume development and interviewing skills are reviewed. Elements of role transition to entry-level PTA will be examined related to preparation for licensure examination, career development and life-long learning. 2 HRS