Physical Therapist Assistant

Physical Therapist Assistant Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

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BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab

4 credits – The first of a two-semester sequence especially designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields as well as any student desiring an in-depth undergraduate transfer course. The course focuses on the interdependent relationships between the structure and functions of body systems and the ways these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure the survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include levels of organization, the chemistry of life, support/movement, integration/control, and coordination. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab and BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab with a grade of C or better

BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab

4 credits – The second of a two-semester sequence designed for students pursuing careers in allied health fields or wishing an in-depth undergraduate transfer course in the biological sciences. The course focuses on interdependent relationships between the structures and functions of body systems and the way these parts interact (homeostasis) to insure survival of the organism. Major topics addressed include systems associated with circulation, maintenance, elimination, and continuity. Coordinated laboratory exercises focus on anatomical knowledge and physiological functions.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab

CSC110 Introduction to Computers

3 credits – An introductory course in electronic information processing and information system management designed to provide the students with a general understanding of computer hardware and software and the facility to use this knowledge in the creation and management of useful information. Students will be given hands-on experience with operating system, word processing, database management, presentation and spreadsheet software. Exposure to and use of the Internet, including security and privacy concerns, is an integral part of the course. Basic computer literacy is expected for students entering this course.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

A minimum grade of 'C' in RDG039 College Preparatory Reading II or appropriate Compass score.

Other Requirements: The ability to enter data using a computer keyboard at a rate of no less than 15 words per minute on a three-minute timing.

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits – This course emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

HSC113 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences

2 credits – This course presents the foundation necessary to develop a basic medical terminology vocabulary. Emphasis on the components of terms as related to each body system will be provided. The course further provides the student with the opportunity to properly spell, pronounce, and utilize medical terms. The utilization of a medical dictionary will also be a focus.

Lecture Hours: 32

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits – This is a one semester liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: MAT063 Elementary Algebra or equivalent COMPASS score

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology

3 credits – This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

PSY121 Developmental Psychology

3 credits – This course presents a life span, developmental approach to the study of the developing person that identifies the behavioral dynamics of the physical, cognitive, social, and affective domains of development with a view to the impact of family, school, and community.

Lecture Hours: 48

PTA101 Introduction to PTA

2 credits – This course provides an introduction to the role of a physical therapist assistant in the health care delivery system. History and organization of the physical therapy profession, standards of practice, laws and regulations, the interdisciplinary health care team, ethics, and accessing research/health care literature will be covered.

Lecture Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase II of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Course Fee: $103.00

PTA110 Fundamentals for PTA

3 credits – An introduction to the skills needed to care for patients in varied settings. This course will include body measurements, range of motion, vital signs, lifting and transfers, draping and positioning, documentation guidelines, manual muscle testing, posture and body alignment, assistive devices, and the pre-ambulatory patient.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase II of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Course Fee: $95.00

PTA113 Fundamentals for PTA II

3 credits – Introduction to physical disabilities and community barriers, independent activities of daily living, prosthetics, orthotics, static/dynamic splints, casts, braces, relaxation training, pulmonary function, airway clearance techniques, breathing exercises, functional assessment, functional exercise, balance assessment, and balance training.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PTA110 Fundamentals for PTA.

PTA120 Kinesiology

3 credits – This course will present advanced anatomy of the musculoskeletal system with emphasis on joint mechanics, human movement, and palpation of anatomical landmarks. The student will learn the principles of normal and abnormal gait.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase II of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

PTA150 Pathophysiology

3 credits – Describes the etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of diseases and disorders commonly encountered in physical therapy.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase II of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

PTA194 Therapeutic Agents I

3 credits – Introduction to the use of physical modalities for patient treatment. The principles of inflammation, cell repair, pain, and pain management will be introduced. The student will learn the physics, physiology, indications, contraindications, application, and patient preparation for the use of heat, cold, ultrasound, massage, vasocompression, wound care, hydrotherapy, and phonophoresis.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase II of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Course Fee: $0.00

PTA195 Therapeutic Agents II

3 credits – This course continues with the study of the physics, physiology, indications, contraindications, and patient preparation for the use of modalities. Focus will be on electrical modalities including iontophoresis, biofeedback, transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), neuromuscular electrical stimulation, high volt, interferential, and microcurrent. The course will also include mechanical traction, continuous passive motion, and laser.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PTA194 Therapeutic Agents I.

Course Fee: $41.00

PTA211 Musculoskeletal I

3 credits – This course will present the principles of tissue development, healing and response to physical therapy treatments. Common cervical spine and upper extremity orthopedic diagnosis, physical therapy interventions, and post-operative and injury care protocols will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase II of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

PTA212 Musculoskeletal II

3 credits – This course will present common lower extremity and thoracolumbar spine orthopedic diagnosis and physical therapy interventions. Post-operative and injury care protocols will be discussed.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PTA211 Musculoskeletal I.

PTA231 Therapeutic Exercise for PTA

3 credits – This course covers the principles of exercise physiology, the application of exercise to treatment plans and injury prevention, equipment, and exercise interventions to improve flexibility, strength, motor control, special topics in women’s health, and cardiovascular function.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PTA211 Musculoskeletal I AND a minimum grade of C in PTA120 Kinesiology.

Co-requisites: PTA212 Musculoskeletal II

PTA248 PTA Neurology

4 credits – This course presents information on nervous system anatomy, function and normal/abnormal development; therapeutic approaches to central nervous system dysfunction throughout the life cycle; and assessment of the neurologically impaired patient.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PTA110 Fundamentals for PTA AND a minimum grade of C in PTA120 Kinesiology.

PTA285 PTA Professional Issues

1 credit – This seminar covers topics relevant to professional development and communication. Topics include cultural competence, learning and communication styles, ethical and legal aspects of care, structure and function of institutions, wellness, reimbursement systems, and special topics in health care. Employment topics including resume writing, interviewing, performance appraisals, and work/life issues will be covered.

Lecture Hours: 16-18

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PTA101 Introduction to PTA.

Course Fee: $50.00

PTA310 PTA Clinical I

1 credit – This course consists of Health Care Provider level CPR and First Aid certification; HIPAA, OSHA Hazard Communication (includes blood borne pathogens), and Mandatory Reporter Training for Child and Dependent Adult Abuse; and introduction to the clinic during the first two weeks of the semester, followed by weekly on-site clinical experience in local settings. The course will allow for observation of physical therapy interventions and application of elemental principles of patient care to uncomplicated patients under direct supervision and at the discretion of the Clinical Instructor.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: Acceptance into Phase II of the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

Course Fee: $68.00

PTA311 PTA Clinical II

1 credit – This course consists of a clinical experience starting one week prior to spring semester. The students will have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge developed in PTA101 Introduction to PTA, PTA110 Fundamentals for PTA, PTA194 Therapeutic Agents I, PTA120 Kinesiology, PTA150 Pathophysiology, and PTA211 Musculoskeletal I per the discretion of the Clinical Instructor.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in PTA110 Fundamentals for PTA AND a minimum grade of Pass in PTA310 PTA Clinical I.

PTA415 PTA Clinical III

5 credits – This course consists of a full-time clinical rotation at one clinical site. The student will apply skills and knowledge from all previous coursework to patient care with the purpose of developing entry-level clinical competency. Clinical competencies will be continued. An oral presentation will be presented to the staff. The clinical site may require travel away from the local region, including out-of-state.
CO-OP Hours: 320

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in all of the following courses: PTA113 Fundamentals for PTA II, PTA195 Therapeutic Agents II, PTA212 Musculoskeletal II, PTA231 Therapeutic Exercise for PTA , PTA248 PTA Neurology, and PTA285 PTA Professional Issues.

Course Fee: $20.00

PTA416 PTA Clinical IV

5 credits – This course consists of a full-time clinical rotation at one clinical site. The student will continue to apply skills and knowledge obtained from all previous coursework and clinical experiences. Clinical competencies must be completed by the end of this rotation. An oral presentation will be presented to the staff that differs from Clinical III. A one day review of clinical questions and licensure exam details will follow the end of the clinical. Location of clinical sites may require travel away from the local region, including out-of-state.
CO-OP Hours: 320

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 320

Pre-requisites: PTA415 PTA Clinical III.

Course Fee: $20.00

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits – This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

SOC205 Diversity in America

3 credits – This course is an introduction to the sociological study of majority-minority group relations. Focus will be on the basic concepts such as groups, intergroup relations, power, prejudice, and discrimination, as well as social understanding, tolerance, and acceptance. A wide assortment of minority groups, including women, racial, ethnic, the physically and mentally disabled, homosexuals, religious groups, the elderly and the young, and those singled out for their lower socio-economic status will be considered.

Lecture Hours: 48

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits – This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis in developing public speaking skill. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

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Linda Butler
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Program Advisor

Carole Ostendorf
Health Education and Services Center 208C
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Dean

Candace Croft
Grundy Hall 159
319-296-4432
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