Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

PTA 100  Introduction to Physical Therapy     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall Summer.

Course Description: Introduction to physical therapy and to the role of the physical therapist assistant, including function of the PTA and of the health care team, history of medical care and physical therapy, legal and ethical standards, cultural sensitive care and communication.

PTA 110  Patient Care Skills     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduction to basic clinical skills, progressing from bedside management to community mobility. Includes vital signs, aseptic technique, patient transfers and gait training. Health and safety issues, including universal (standard) precautions, electrical and hospital safety, and emergency and first aid procedures. Introduction to documentation. To be taken concurrently with PTA 120 and PTA 130. Prerequisite(s): Admission into the PTA program.

PTA 120  Modalities     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Clinical modality interventions, including thermal modalities, electrical modalities, hydrotherapy and compressive modalities. Soft tissue interventions for patients with edema, wounds, burns, and vascular pathologies. To be taken concurrently with PTA 110 and PTA 130. Prerequisite(s): Admission into the PTA program.

PTA 130  Functional Anatomy     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Introduction to principles of physics as they relate to movement, including levers and force vectors. Surface anatomy, introduction to musculoskeletal structure and function. Introduction to medical terminology. To be taken concurrently with PTA 110 and PTA 120. Prerequisite(s): Admission into the PTA program.

PTA 140  Measurements and Procedures     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Methods of data collection including joint range of motion (goniometry), manual muscle testing, anthropometric measurement, and gait analysis. Review and continuation of physical therapy documentation. To be taken concurrently with PTA 160 and PTA 165. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 100, PTA 110, PTA 120, and PTA 130.

PTA 160  Clinical Kinesiology     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: The study of the muscular forces acting on anatomical structures to create movement, including normal and pathological biomechanics. To be taken concurrently with PTA 140 and PTA 165. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 100, PTA 110, PTA 120 and PTA 130.

PTA 165  Therapeutic Exercise     Credits: 2

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Study of the physiological effect of basic and advanced exercises commonly used in physical therapy, including ROM and stretching, strengthening, aerobic exercise, balance and coordination exercises, proprioceptive exercise, endurance training and aquatic exercise. Common therapeutic exercise protocols used in physical therapy will be presented. Concepts include exercise progression and documentation of exercise as a therapeutic intervention. To be taken concurrently with PTA 140 and PTA 160. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 100, PTA 110, PTA 120 and PTA 130.

PTA 185  Clinical Education I     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: First of three practicums in a physical therapy setting. Areas of emphasis include PTA relationships with patients and staff, clinic organization, beginning awareness of patient disorders, initial application of physical therapy techniques, and introduction to documentation. Three weeks of full-time supervised clinical practice. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 140, PTA 160 and PTA 165.

PTA 255  Clinical Orthopedics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Description, causes, symptoms, tests and physical therapy intervention in orthopedic pathology. The musculoskeletal system and normal biomechanics are reviewed. To be taken concurrently with PTA 260. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 185.

PTA 260  Clinical Neurology     Credits: 4

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Neuroanatomy and how damage to this body system is managed by physical therapy intervention. To be taken concurrently with PTA 255. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 185.

PTA 265  Diseases and Dysfunctions     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Diseases and dysfunction encountered in physical therapy across the lifespan, including disorders of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, genitourinary, and endocrine systems. Includes pregnancy, arthritis and cancerous conditions. To be taken concurrently with PTA 270 and PTA 280. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 255 and PTA 260.

PTA 270  Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Psychosocial issues in health care as related to physical therapy. To be taken concurrently with PTA 265 and PTA 280. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 255 and PTA 260.

PTA 280  Clinical Rehabilitation     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Physical therapy rehabilitation principles for patients following amputation, total joint surgery, fractures, and spinal cord injury. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in rehabilitation. Physical therapy interventions with chronic illness, the elderly, and dying patients. To be taken concurrently with PTA 265 and PTA 270. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 255 and PTA 260.

PTA 285  Clinical Education II     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: Second of three clinical practicums. Application of physical therapy procedures, appropriate professional behavior and communication. Participation in physical therapy clinic activities in addition to patient care. Six weeks of full-time supervised clinical practice. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 265, PTA 270 and PTA 280.

PTA 290  Clinical Education III     Credits: 5

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: Third of three clinical practicums. Physical therapy principles and practice with emphasis on achievement of integration, application, communication, and participation at levels consistent with a beginning PTA practitioner. Six weeks of full-time supervised clinical practice. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 265, PTA 270, and PTA 280.

PTA 295  Clinical Seminar     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Summer.

Course Description: Review and evaluation of clinical affiliation experiences, board exam preparation, resume writing and interview skills. Prerequisite(s): A grade of C or higher in PTA 265, PTA 270 and PTA 280.