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Physical Therapist Assistant

Course No. Course Title Credits
PTA 103 Introduction to Physical Therapy for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2
This course introduces the student to the physical therapy profession. Topics include history of physical therapy, the variety of physical therapy practice settings, an introduction to the Guide to PT Practice, the Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct for the PT/PTA, the laws and regulations that oversee the profession, an introduction to principles of teaching and learning as they apply to patient instruction, the PT/PTA relationship, the PTA/patient relationship, cultural competence, patient confidentiality, and Evidence Based Practice (EBP).
PTA 110 Patient Care 3
This course introduces students to the skills necessary to provide basic patient management during physical therapy interventions. Topics include assessing/monitoring vital signs, body mechanics, positioning and draping, ROM, bed mobility, transfer techniques, gait training, appropriate selection and use of assistive devices, wheelchair management, and documentation.
PTA 112 Physical Therapy Procedures I 2
This course introduces students to the therapeutic use of physical agents. Students will learn about inflammation, pain, tone abnormalities, and mobility limitations and the physical agents commonly used to treat these impairments. Topics studied and applied include superficial heat, cryotherapy, ultrasound, diathermy, therapeutic massage, and basic wound care. Students will learn principles and application techniques. Students will also participate in training and certification for CPR and basic first aid.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100
PTA 115 Principles of Therapeutic Exercise 2
This course introduces the PTA student to the fundamentals, techniques, and application of therapeutic exercise as it relates to the understanding and implementing the plan of care developed by the physical therapist. Topics include principles of aerobic exercise, stretching, and improving muscle performance for the prevention, treatment, and management of injuries. Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100
PTA 201 Pathophysiology 3
This course addresses the processes of inflammation and healing and disease processes relevant for the PTA student and practitioner. Topics include pathologies of the immune system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, musculoskeletal system, neurological system, integumentary system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system, in addition to topics related to neoplasms, the intensive care unit, and the geriatric patient. Students will discuss the medical and pharmaceutical management of these pathologies and the effect on the provision of physical therapy services.
Prerequisites: HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100
PTA 210 Applied Kinesiology 4
This course delivers an in-depth study of the musculoskeletal system and body movement. Students will learn the principles and techniques of manual muscle testing and goniometry. Students apply biomechanical principles and muscle actions to functional human motion, with attention to applying those principles to gait and postural analysis.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100
PTA 212 Physical Therapy Procedures II 3
This course is the continuation of PTA 112 and focuses on the therapeutic use of electrical and mechanical agents. Specific topics include, hydrotherapy, traction, compression, electrical modalities, light therapy, and ultraviolet radiation. Students will learn principles and application techniques for the agents.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210
PTA 215 Interventions in Musculoskeletal 4
This course is an integration of previously learned material and new skills/techniques applied to the prevention, treatment, and management of injuries and conditions associated with the musculoskeletal system.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210
PTA 216 Interventions in Neurology 4
This course is an introduction to neurorehabilitation for the PTA. Topics include normal movement development across the lifespan, motor control, motor learning, and neuroplasticity, along with the integration of previously learned material and new skills/techniques into the comprehensive rehabilitation of selected neurological disorders.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210, PTA 212, PTA 215, CLI 270
PTA 217 Topics in Rehabilitation 4
This course will explore different topics in rehabilitation including cardio/pulmonary issues, diabetes, amputations, burns, prosthetics/orthotics, gender specific issues, and vestibular issues. This course will provide the students with the opportunity to incorporate their knowledge of treatment procedures and techniques previously learned to specific populations in rehabilitation.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210, PTA 212, PTA 215, CLI 270
PTA 220 Career Readiness 1
This course will provide students with the tools necessary for professional development after graduation, including but not limited to resume writing, interview skills, and preparation for the NPTE for PTA’s.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210, PTA 212, PTA 215, CLI 270
PTA 250 Professional Exploration 2
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to solve clinical problems, improve communication skills, and reinforce professional behavior and ethical practice. Students will plan, create, and share an exploratory project with their peers.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210, PTA 212, PTA 215, CLI 270
CLI 270 Clinical Experience I 2
This is the first of three clinical experiences that will take place during the last 3 weeks of the students’ third semester in the PTA program. The focus is on the application of knowledge, skills and behaviors that the PTA student has learned during their didactic and practical classroom work. During this affiliation, students should become comfortable with basic patient care skills. Students will have the opportunity to gain proficiency in the skills they have learned in prerequisite courses, including functional training, application of physical agents, mechanical modalities, electrotherapeutic modalities, basic wound care, and subsequent data collection. During the three weeks, students have the opportunity to participate in direct patient care under the direction and direct supervision of either a licensed physical therapist or a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant team assigned by the facility.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210, PTA 212, PTA 215
CLI 280 Clinical Experience II 5
This is the second of three clinical experiences that will take place during the first six weeks of the students’ fifth semester in the PTA program. The focus is on the application of knowledge, skills and behaviors that the PTA student has learned during their didactic and practical classroom work. During the six weeks, students have the opportunity to participate in direct patient care under the direction and direct supervision of either a licensed physical therapist or a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant team assigned by the facility. At this point, students have completed all didactic coursework and should be able to apply those skills to real patient care. In addition to the basic patient care skills, students should be able to implement and progress treatment plans outlined by a physical therapist in a professional manner.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210, PTA 212, PTA 215, CLI 270, PTA 216, PTA 217, PTA 220, PTA 250
CLI 290 Clinical Experience III 5
This final clinical experience will take place after CLI 280 in the fifth semester. The focus of this final clinical experience is to prepare the PTA student to function as an entry-level PTA. During the six weeks, students have the opportunity to participate in direct patient care under the direction and direct supervision of either a licensed physical therapist or a physical therapist and physical therapist assistant team assigned by the facility. Students have completed all didactic coursework and have completed 360 hours of clinical education experience. As in CLI 270 and 280, students should be competent at all basic patient care skills, at following a physical therapist’s plan of care and at progressing patients as appropriate. They should be independent with documentation and with working under the rules outlined by the APTA, the state, and the specific clinic.
Prerequisites: PTA 103, PTA 110, HAP 101, HAP 101 L, MTR 100, HAP 102, HAP 102 L, PTA 112, PTA 115, PTA 201, PTA 210, PTA 212, PTA 215, CLI 270, CLI 280, PTA 216, PTA 217, PTA 220, PTA 250
HAP 101 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3
This course is the first semester of a medically-oriented study of the structure and function of the human body. It is designed for students specializing in health-related and science programs. Topics include basic biochemistry; body organization; basic genetics; cells; tissues; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine and nervous systems. Successful completion of recent high school biology and chemistry courses is highly recommended.
HAP 101L Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab 1
This course will utilize McGraw Hill’s Anatomy and Physiology Revealed (APR) which is a computerized system that enables students to explore the human anatomy and physiology through the use of a virtual dissection, histological review, and self-paced quizzing. This lab is designed to enhance and reinforce topics covered in HAP 101 lecture including basic biochemistry; body organization; basic genetics; cells; tissues; and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, endocrine and nervous systems.
HAP 102 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This course is the second semester of a medically-oriented study of the structure and function of the human body. It is designed for students specializing in health-related and science programs. Topics include digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, immune, urinary, reproductive systems. (Prerequisites: HAP 101 & HAP 101L.)
HAP 102L Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab 1
This course will utilize McGraw Hill’s Anatomy and Physiology Revealed (APR) which is a computerized system that enables students to explore the human anatomy and physiology through the use of a virtual dissection, histological review, and self-paced quizzing. This lab is designed to enhance and reinforce topics covered in HAP 102 lecture including the blood and circulation, the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system and immunity, the respiratory system, the urinary system, the reproductive system, the digestive system. (Prerequisites: HAP 101 & HAP 101L.)
MTR 100 Medical Terminology 1
This course is a survey of the terminology used routinely in the medical environment. It will begin with a learning of the common root words used in constructing medical terms and integrate commonly used medical acronyms and abbreviations. The information will be presented according to anatomical systems. The student will be responsible for knowing the written and auditory recognition of the terminology reviewed.
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