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PTA 101 Introduction to Rehabilitation (3 credits)

The American Physical Therapy Association and the history of the profession of physical therapy are explored. The student is introduced to procedures used in physical therapy, settings where PT is practiced, and the physical therapist assistant's role as part of the rehabilitation team. Ethical and legal considerations in physical therapy are also introduced. Communication skills are developed, including effective interpersonal communication, oral and written reports and medical terminology. Vital signs, dressings, aseptic techniques and various emergency procedures pertinent to the practice of physical therapy will be learned. The student is required to become CPR certified on an independent basis. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 102, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

PTA 102 Physical Therapy Procedures I (2 credits)

The theory and practice of physical therapy procedures are begun, including patient positioning and handling techniques, skin care, heat, cold, hydro-therapy treatments and massage. Ambulation with assistive devices, transfers, activities of daily living skills and wheelchair prescription and use are taught. The theory, effects, contraindications and safety precautions of these treatments are learned. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

PTA 102L Physical Therapy Procedures I Lab (2 credits)

Skills of PTA 102 are practiced. Students will master entry level skills on patient positioning and handling techniques; heat, cold, and hydro-therapy treatments; and massage. Students will become proficient with ambulation using assistive devices and patient transfer techniques. Activities of daily living skills, use of adaptive equipment, and wheelchair prescription and use will also be learned. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102, and 103, or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

PTA 103 Clinical Training I (1 credit)

An introduction to the physical therapy department of a clinical facility. The lecture component includes an introduction to the Geriatric setting. Assignments are designed to allow students to observe, assist and acquire skills in application of all procedures studied in PTA 101 and 102. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102, and 102L, or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

PTA 104 Physical Therapy Procedures II (2 credits)

Presents the principles, theory, effects and contraindications of forms of electrotherapy, deep heat modalities, ultraviolet and traction. Mechanisms of injury and the healing process are taught. Theory and principles of passive range of motion and therapeutic exercise are introduced. Theory of peripheral joint mobilization and stretching is discussed. Basic assessment and treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries are introduced and discussed. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104L, 105, and 106, or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

PTA 104L Physical Therapy Procedures II Lab (3 credits)

Students master entry level skills of application of various forms of electrotherapy, deep heat modalities, ultraviolet and traction. Students become proficient in selecting and executing passive range of motion and therapeutic exercises. Students are familiarized with the practical application of joint mobilization and stretching of the limbs. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104, 105, and 106, or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

PTA 105 Functional Anatomy I (3 credits)

Application of principles of anatomy in the study of human motion. Emphasizes the positioning and procedures for muscle testing, and goniometry of the lower extremities and the physiology of muscle contraction. The origins, insertions, actions, innervation and palpations of various muscles of the lower extremities will be learned, in addition to landmarks of the skeletal system. Normal and abnormal posture and gait are studied. A laboratory component is required. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104, 104L, and 106, or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

PTA 106 Clinical Training II (3 credits)

In the clinical setting, the student applies newly acquired concepts and skills from PTA 104 and 105 and refines skills learned in PTA 102 and 102L. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104, 104L, and 105, or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

PTA 107 Physics for the Physical Therapist Assistant (2 credits)

An introductory course to cover topics in physics specifically related to PTA curriculum concepts. Topics that are covered include energy, mechanics, and properties of liquids. Lectures and assignments are designed to allow students to understand the rationale behind physical therapy interventions such as exercise, gait, and modalities such as traction, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and whirlpool. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

PTA 201 Physical Therapy Procedures III (4 credits)

Studies the pathology, signs, symptoms, psycho-social factors and PT management of disabilities related to strokes, spinal cord injuries, amputations, pediatric and developmental disabilities, fractures, collagen diseases, orthopedic procedures, orthotics and prosthetics. A laboratory component is required. Prerequisites: PTA 104, 104L, 105, and 106, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: PTA 207 or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

PTA 203 Physical Therapy Procedures IV (3 credits)

Study of additional disabilities that may require PT interventions as in PTA 201. These include the pathology, signs, symptoms, psychosocial factors and P.T. management of burns, neuromuscular diseases, traumatic head injuries, diabetes, cancer, cardiopulmonary disease, visual and auditory impairments, and obstetrics. Prerequisites: PTA 201 and 207, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: PTA 204 or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

PTA 204 Seminar (3 credits)

Topics for this course include: the death, dying and bereavement process; ethical, legal and cultural implications; administration topics (reimbursement, quality assurance, budgeting, policies and procedures); motivational strategies; communication and planning. The use of computers specific to the physical therapy profession will be discussed. Students will explore PT practice issues, current literature review and evidence-based research online. Ergonomics, functional capacity assessment and work hardening objectives will be discussed and demonstrated. Pharmacology, lab work, and medical imaging and their implication to PTA's will be discussed. Topics such as bariatrics, lab values, hemophilia, acid-base imbalance, multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, 6-1 system, sexual harassment and domestice violence are explored. The student will be given the opportunity to present an in-depth paper and oral report on a PT-related topic of interest, such as alternative medicine or a current issue of concern. Prerequisites: PTA 201 and 207, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: PTA 203 or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

PTA 205 Advanced Clinical Training I (3 credits)

Under direct supervision of a registered physical therapist, the student will be able to synthesize acquired concepts and skills from the previous levels of clinical and didactic training. Prerequisites: PTA 201, 201L, 207, and 207L; PTA majors only. Usually offered during summer sessions only.

PTA 206 Advanced Clinical Training II (3 credits)

Under direct supervision of a registered physical therapist, the student will be able to synthesize acquired concepts and skills from the previous levels of clinical and didactic training. The clinical experience follows the completion of all required physical therapy courses. Prerequisites: PTA 203, 204, 205, and 208 or Permission of Instructor; PTA majors only.

PTA 207 Functional Anatomy II (3 credits)

A continuation of PTA 105, this course includes bony landmarks, origins, insertions, actions, innervation and palpations of the muscles of the upper extremity, head, neck and trunk. Goniometry and muscle testing will be learned on the upper extremity and trunk. A laboratory component is required. Prerequisites: PTA 104, 104L, 105 and 106; co-requisite: PTA 201 or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

PTA 208 Seminar II: Strategies for Success (2 credits)

This course synthesizes knowledge gained from each course taken within the PTA curriculum to better prepare the graduate for entry-level career positions. The student will learn how to organize and review the vast amounts of material that have been presented to them in the PTA curriculum. The student will undergo a collegial-level review process, and log formative feedback to identify learning needs and individual weaknesses. This course is also geared towards preparing the student to successfully complete the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTE). Prerequisites: PTA 201 and 207, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisites: PTA 203 and 204. Spring semesters only.