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Physical Therapist Assistant Courses

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PTA 101: Introduction to Physical Therapist Assisting

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course introduces students to the profession of physical therapy and the role of the physical therapist assistant (PTA). Topics include the history of physical therapy, the evolution of the physical therapist assistant, the physical therapist/PTA relationship, the health care team, the current state of health care in America, and the ethical and professional characteristics of the PTA. In addition, students are introduced to reading and understanding physical therapy literature, the fundamentals of medical terminology, medical documentation and billing, and documentation standards in physical therapy. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Usually offered in the fall.
PTA 110: Therapeutic Procedures I

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the fundamental skills necessary for the PTA. Topics include basic patient care skills and communication, the PTA scope of work, data collection and the principles of therapeutic exercise. Students who complete this course can demonstrate safety and competence in body mechanics, goniometry, manual muscle testing, anthropometric measurements, vital signs, patient positioning and draping, posture, pain scales, sensation testing, basic therapeutic exercise program development and progression, and documentation. Hours: 39 lecture and 39 laboratory. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the fall.
PTA 120: Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course builds on the foundation provided in BIO 202. Topics include the biomechanical principles of human movement, tissue injury and repair, and how the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems relate to normal and abnormal function and disability. Students participate in both classroom and laboratory activities to promote competency in palpation, knowledge of the stages of tissue healing, joint structure and function, body mechanics, gait and locomotion, and posture. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the fall.
PTA 130: Cardiopulmonary and Integumentary Issues

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
The purpose of this course is to review the anatomy and function of the cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems and to apply that information to clinical care in physical therapy. Students examine pathologies commonly encountered as PTAs, their impact on function, and identify and incorporate treatment techniques that assist with the healing and/or function of the cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems. Topics include the impact of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in society and the role of the PTA in education and intervention strategies in the community. In addition, students are educated on equipment and important factors when working with patients in a hospital setting. Students who complete this course can demonstrate safety and competency in wound care, sterile and isolation techniques, standard precautions, the use of topical agents for skin protection and repair, patient positioning, techniques to improve ventilation and drainage, and exercise and relaxation principles to improve cardiopulmonary function. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: PTA 110 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the spring.
PTA 140: Physical Agents

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is designed to provide the basic science, clinical reasoning and effective use of physical agents by the PTA under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. Topics include scientific principles, precautions, indications and contraindications for use, and the assessment of patient response to applied agents. Students who complete this course can demonstrate the application of compression therapies, cryotherapy, superficial and deep thermal agents, electrotherapeutic agents, athermal agents, hydrotherapy, light agents, mechanical motion devices and traction. Competency will include the incorporation of prior learned principles of proper patient positioning and draping, and the proper documentation of delivery of applied agents. Hours: 39 lecture and 39 laboratory. Prerequisites: PTA 101, PTA 110 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the spring.
PTA 150: Therapeutic Procedures II

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course builds on the principles learned in PTA 110. It covers manual treatment techniques, gait training with and without assistive devices, adaptive and assistive equipment, transfers, bed mobility, balance, wheelchair mobility and the use of standard measurement tools for balance, mobility and gait. Topics also include activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) and the impact of treatment techniques on the improvement of daily function. Hours: 39 lecture and 39 laboratory. Prerequisites: PTA 110 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the spring.
PTA 180: Pathology for the PTA

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides a basic overview of the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention of pathological diseases and conditions for different body systems. The focus is on the aspects of diseases and conditions that affect patient management and treatment in physical therapy. This course also includes a basic overview of the pharmacological interventions in health care that could be encountered by the PTA. Hours: 39 lecture. Prerequisites: PTA 150 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Usually offered in the summer.
PTA 200: Ethics and Professional Issues

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course covers a variety of issues related to professional behaviors, core values and the development of an entry-level professional PTA. Topics include the principles of teaching and learning for patient care, clinical problem solving, evidence- based practice, treatment plan modification and plan of care progression, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) standards for practice, patient rights, federal and state regulations regarding PTAs, health care administration, safety and emergency procedures, health and wellness, professional development and the role of the APTA in the profession. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisites: PTA 150 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the summer.
PTA 210: Neurology for the PTA

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on the study of nervous system physiology, anatomy, development and pathology, as well as motor control and motor learning across the lifespan. These principles are applied to a variety of neurological diseases and conditions commonly encountered in physical therapy practice. Students are expected to apply appropriate data collection, treatment techniques and documentation skills to case studies involving patients with neurological pathologies. Students who complete this course can demonstrate the use of clinical reasoning skills in the safe application of treatment interventions. Hours: 39 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: PTA 150 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the summer.
PTA 220: Clinical Practice I

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course provides students with an opportunity to observe and participate in patient care, as directed by a clinical instructor. Students are placed in a clinical setting for one day a week to begin to apply the knowledge, principles and techniques learned in the didactic portion of the curriculum while under the direct supervision of a licensed PT or PTA. Hours: 10 lecture and 80 clinical. Prerequisites: PTA 150 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Materials fee: $45. Insurance: $30. Usually offered in the summer.
PTA 230: Special Populations

(3.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on physical therapy care for unique patient populations, including pediatric patients, geriatric patients, women's health patients, amputees, chronic pain patients, oncology patients and incontinent patients. Topics include special considerations, equipment and treatment techniques to meet the needs of these patients. Hours: 26 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: PTA 220 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $60. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the fall.
PTA 240: Orthopedics for the PTA

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course focuses on the study of musculoskeletal system physiology, anatomy, development and pathology across the lifespan. Students apply this knowledge to a variety of orthopedic diseases and conditions commonly encountered in physical therapy practice. Students are expected to apply appropriate data collection, treatment techniques and documentation skills to case studies involving patients with orthopedic pathologies. Students demonstrate the use of clinical reasoning skills in the safe application of treatment interventions. Hours: 39 lecture and 26 laboratory. Prerequisites: PTA 220 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Laboratory fee: $35. Usually offered in the fall.
PTA 250: Advanced Issues

(2.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This course is designed to integrate student didactic and clinical experiences with more advanced health care, patient care, and ethical and professional situations. Topics include licensing examination content, licensure requirements, professional development, job search skills and the foundations of community service. Hours: 26 lecture. Prerequisites: PTA 220 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $40. Usually offered in the fall.
PTA 260: Clinical Practice II

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This is the first of two terminal clinical experience courses. It is a six-week supervised clinical assignment in a hospital, extended care facility, rehabilitation facility, specialty facility or outpatient facility. Students are expected to apply previously-learned didactic and clinical material to patient care and to demonstrate consistent weekly progress toward goals established for chart review, documentation, patient treatment, time management and staff interaction. Students are expected to make a verbal presentation to the staff at the host facility on a topic determined in conjunction with the clinical instructor. Hours: 240 clinical. Prerequisites: PTA 250 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Materials fee: $45. Insurance: $30. Usually offered in the spring.
PTA 270: Clinical Practice III

(4.0 credit hours)

Sample Syllabus
Sample Syllabus
This final clinical experience course is a seven-week assignment in a hospital, extended care facility, rehabilitation facility, specialty facility or outpatient facility. Students are expected to build on their prior knowledge and clinical experiences to progress to entry-level competence as physical therapist assistants. Students are expected to complete a service project for the host facility as agreed upon with the clinical instructor. Hours: 280 clinical. Prerequisites: PTA 250 and permission of the department head. Course fee: $80. Materials fee: $45. Insurance: $30. Usually offered in the spring.
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