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PTA-Physical Therapist Assist

PTA100 - Introduction to PTA

An overview of the discipline of physical therapy and the role and function of the physical therapist assistant within the physical therapist-physical therapist assistant team. Additional topics include examinations of the history of physical therapy, physical therapy professional organizations, legal and ethical issues, and commonly encountered pathologies. (3 crs.) Fall.

PTA101 - Basic Physical Therapy Procedures

This course provides an introduction to basic physical therapy patient care procedures in a laboratory format. Topics covered include body mechanics, positioning and draping, vital signs, basic exercise, transfer activities, wheelchair features and activities, ambulation aids and activities, infection control, wound care, emergencies, and a review of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Co-requisite: PTA 100. (1 cr.) Fall.

PTA110 - Introduction to Pathology

This course examines the disease process on the cellular, histological and systemic levels. Particular emphasis is placed on those pathologies commonly encountered by the physical therapist assistant in pediatric, geriatric, orthopedic and neurologic patient populations. Prerequisite: Formal admission into the physical therapist assistant program. (2 crs.) Summer.

PTA150 - Clinical Internship I

This introductory clinical internship provides the physical therapist assistant student with extensive observation of activities such as patient care, administration, quality assurance and supervision of other supportive personnel. In addition, students begin to treat patients under the direction of the physical therapist using principles common to all procedures. Prerequisites: Formal admission into the physical therapist assistant program and completion of PTA 100, PTA 110, HSC 290, PTA 230. (3 crs.) Summer.

PTA200 - Professional Issues in Physical Therapy

This course is an examination of the legal, ethical and professional aspects of a career in physical therapy. Important issues such as liability, malpractice, proactive acts and reimbursement are discussed. Special attention is focused on the importance of research and preparation for the PTA state board examination. Prerequisite: Formal admission into the physical therapist assistant program. (2 crs.) Spring.

PTA205 - Interventions in Cardiopulmonary Impairments

An examination of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the cardiopulmonary system. Specific methods of examination and intervention, including indications and contraindications, for myriad cardiopulmonary conditions. The laboratory portion of the course emphasizes data collection skills and interventions specific to cardiopulmonary rehabilitation performed under direction of a physical therapist. Prerequisite: Formal admission into the physical therapist assistant program. (2 crs.) Fall.

PTA210 - Interventions in Neurological Impairments

This course is an examination of the etiology, signs and symptoms, and effects of pathologies to the central and peripheral nervous systems. Emphasis is placed on how neurological diagnoses affect the physical function of patients. Specific treatment procedures and techniques within the physical therapist assistant scope of practice are demonstrated and practiced in the laboratory setting. Prerequisite: Formal admission into the physical therapist assistant program. (4 crs.) Fall.

PTA225 - Interventions in Orthopedic Impairments

This course guides the physical therapist assistant student under the direction of a physical therapist from fundamentals and theory through practice in orthopedic rehabilitation. Emphasis is placed on rehabilitation treatment options for all major joints to reduce pain and swelling, increase motion and strength, enhance balance and proprioception, and restore function. The course will also examine the role of the physical therapist assistant in prosthetic and orthotic management. Prerequisite: Formal admission into the physical therapist assistant program. (4 crs.) Fall.

PTA230 - Physical Therapy Interventions Across the Life Span

This course will illustrate the continuum of pathologies, impairments and interventions across a life span, i.e., gestation, pediatric, adult, middle age and geriatric. This course will include pathologies from populations who are not included in the classifications of the other professional-level classes in the program: wound care, burn care, breast cancer, pregnancy, postpartum. Lab experiences will include interaction with pediatric through geriatric clients. The emphasis of the lab will be to allow students the opportunity to adapt interaction to the age and abilities of the client. Prerequisite: Formal admission into the physical therapist assistant program. (4 crs.) Spring.

PTA250 - Physical Therapy Clinical Internship II

This clinical internship provides physical therapist assistants with the opportunities to perform their responsibilities under appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant supervision and with positive role modeling. The experience provides exposure to a variety of patients and learning activities. Prerequisite: All physical therapist assistant coursework must be completed with the exception of PTA 200. (12 crs.) Spring.