Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Course Descriptions

PTA 100 Introduction to Physical Therapy (1) F, Su. 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 (3) F. 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: Admission into the PTA program.

PTA 120 Modalities (3) F. 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: Admission into the PTA program.

PTA 130 Functional Anatomy (2) F. Introduction to the 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: Admission into the PTA program.

PTA 140 Measurements and Procedures (3) Sp. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 100, PTA 110, PTA 120 and PTA 130.

PTA 160 Clinical Kinesiology (2) Sp. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 100, PTA 110, PTA 120 and PTA 130.

PTA 165 Therapeutic Exercise (2) Sp. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 110, PTA 120 and PTA 130.

PTA 185 Clinical Education I (3) Su. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 140, PTA 160, and PTA 165.

PTA 255 Clinical Orthopedics (3) F. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 185.

PTA 260 Clinical Neurology (4) F. Neuroanatomy and how damage to this body system is managed by physical therapy intervention. To be taken concurrently with PTA 255. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PTA 185.

PTA 265 Diseases and Dysfunctions (3) Sp. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 255 and PTA 260.

PTA 270 Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Therapy (1) Sp. Psychosocial issues in health care as related to physical therapy. To be taken concurrently with PTA 265 and PTA 280. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PTA 255 and PTA 260.

PTA 280 Clinical Rehabilitation (3) Sp. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 255 and PTA 260.

PTA 285 Clinical Education II (5) Sp. 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. Taken following PTA 265, PTA 270 and PTA 280. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PTA 265, PTA 270 and PTA 280.

PTA 290 Clinical Education III (5) Su. 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: a grade of C or better in PTA 265, PTA 270 and PTA 280.

PTA 295 Clinical Seminar (1) Su. Review and evaluation of clinical affiliation experiences, board exam preparation, resume writing and interview skills. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in PTA 285.