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Physical Therapist Assistant

PTAC 1010 -- Clinical Practice I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: PTAC 1050, PTAC 1060, PTAC 1070, PTAC 1080, PTAC 1110 and BIOL 2114 all with a grade of C

This course is a full time clinical practice at an assigned health care facility. The student will function as a PTA student in the facility for six consecutive weeks and will be responsible for patient care compatible to the role of the PTA, utilizing knowledge and skills developed in the first year if the PTA program. The purpose of the course is to provide real-world work experience in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of the physical therapist. The students will be provided with learning experiences not available in the classroom but unique to the clinical facility under the direct supervision of the clinical instructor. The student will be required to participate in online discussion questions and to complete a self-assessment using the electronic Clinical Performance Instrument (Web CPI).


PTAC 1020 -- Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Kinesiology for the PTA,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1102, CMST 1110 to obtain college-level skills in English, writing, communication and medical terminology

Study of the musculoskeletal system including the articulation system and the supporting structures are addressed, as well as muscles and muscle function in relation to human movement.


PTAC 1030 -- Introduction to Physical Therapist Assisting (Theory),   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1102, CMST 1110 to obtain college-level skills in English, writing, communication and medical terminology

This course covers basic patient handling and physical therapy skills. These would include body mechanics, posture, draping and positioning, transfers, joint range of motion, goniometry, ambulation with assistive devices, wheelchair operations, vital signs, wounds, edema control and sterile technique. Interpersonal communication skills, patient practitioner interactions and time management, medical, ethical and legal issues are also discussed.


PTAC 1040 -- Introduction to Physical Therapist Assisting-LAB,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisite: Admission to PTA program

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1102, CMST 1110 to obtain college-level skills in English, writing, communication and medical terminology

The course covers basic patient handling and physical therapy skills. It includes lab practice of body mechanics, posture, draping and positioning, transfers, joint range of motion, goniometry, ambulation with assistive devices, wheelchair operations, vital signs, wound care, edema control and sterile techniques. A problem-solving focus will be used throughout the program. Course includes individual testing for competency in skills. Testing will occur outside scheduled lab time.


PTAC 1050 -- Modalities and Massage (Theory),   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
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Prerequisites: PTAC 1020, PTAC 1030, PTAC 1040, BIOL 2113 all with a grade of C or better

The course covers further development of basic therapy skills. The components of this course include: modalities, superficial heat and cold techniques, deep heat therapies, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, the use of ultraviolet and infrared light, electrical muscle stimulation, iontophoresis, NMES, TENS, biofeedback, diagnostic tests to determine nerve involvement, and massage.


PTAC 1060 -- Modalities and Massage-LAB,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 1020, PTAC 1030, PTAC 1040, BIOL 2113 all with a grade of C or better

This course covers further development of basic therapy skill with emphasis techniques and procedures. The components of this course include: modalities, ultrasounds, hydrotherapy, superficial heat and cold techniques, deep heat therapies, electrical muscle stimulation, iontophoresis, NMES, TENS, biofeedback, and massage techniques. Interpersonal communication skills, patient/practitioner interactions, and time management will be practiced. Course includes individual testing for competency in skills. Testing will occur outside scheduled lab time.


PTAC 1070 -- Therapeutic Exercise Theory,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 1020, PTAC 1030, PTAC 1040, and BIOL 2113 all with a grade of C or better

This course focuses on the study of therapeutic exercise rationale and the application to patients with various disabilities. Introduction to manual muscle and cardiovascular exercise testing is addressed as it relates to the role of the PTA with assisting the physical therapist in the evaluation process. Emphasis is on strengthening, range of motion, manual muscle testing, muscle re-education, spinal traction, and time management for patient treatment. Study of normal and abnormal gait will be covered.


PTAC 1080 -- Therapeutic Exercise-LAB,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 1020, PTAC 1030, PTAC 1040, and BIOL 2113 all with a grade of C or better

This course focuses on the study of therapeutic exercise rationale techniques and the application to patients with various dissabilities. Emphasis on strengthening, range of motion, manual muscle testing, mobility, muscle re-education, spinal traction, and time management for patient treatment. Ambulation activites will also be addressed including measurement and fitting of assistive devices, gait patterns, and preambulation exercises. Clinical simulations will be done to prepare students for the clinical experience. Course includes individual testing for competency in skills. Testing will occur outside scheduled lab time.


PTAC 1100 -- Communication and Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant I,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1102, CMST 1110 to obtain college-level skills in English, writing, communication and medical terminology

This course takes an in-depth look at the four components of the SOAP documentation format, including the legal guidelines, analysis and completion of effective written documentation for physical therapy treatment. Verbal communication skills, professionalism, and ethical issues with communication are also discussed and practiced.


PTAC 1110 -- Communication & Documentation for the Physical Therapist Assistant Part II,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 1100, PTAC 1020, PTAC 1030, and PTAC 1040 all with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: College level reading and writing

This course continues to practice the SOAP documentation format and introduces other types of written and electronic documentation used in clinical settings. Progression of documentation in the clinical chart and creation of patient education materials will be practiced. Patient interview skills, effective verbal communication skills, professionalism, and ethical issues with communication are also discussed and practiced. Students are introduced to the use of the electronic Clinical Performance Instrument (Web CPI) that is used as an evaluation tool during their clinical internships.


PTAC 2000 -- Musculoskeletal Disorders,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: BIOL 2114, PTAC 1050, PTAC 1060, PTAC 1070, PTAC 1080, and PTAC 1100 all with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1102, CMST 1110 to obtain college-level skills in English, writing, communication and medical terminology

This course covers the pathophysiology of specific musculoskeletal conditions. Discussions of the treatment approaches as it pertains to physical therapy, radiology, surgical procedures and medications will be included.


PTAC 2010 -- Neuroanatomy and Functional Rehabilitation Theory,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 1010, PTAC 1050, PTAC 1060, PTAC 1070, PTAC 1080, and BIOL 2114 all with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1102, CMST 1110 to obtain college-level skills in English, writing, communication and medical terminology

This course discusses the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system including the pathological conditions which result from injury or disease of the nervous system. Specific conditions covered are stroke with resulting hemiplegia, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and various other neurological diseases. Other topics include the psychosocial aspects of disability, cognitive and psychological effects related to various conditions, and ethical issues related to research and treatment of these injuries and diseases. Critical thinking and problem-solving approach is required to understand these disease processes and treatment rationales. Students will learn about the normal anatomy and physiology of the nervous system, and the causes, effects and complications of various neurological diseases and injuries.


PTAC 2015 -- Neuroanatomy and Functional Rehabilitation-LAB,   2 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 1050, PTAC 1060, PTAC 1070, PTAC 1080, and BIOL 2114 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121, BIOL 1102, CMST 1110 to obtain college level learning skills in English, writing, communication and medical terminology

This lab course focuses on instruction in specific treatment techniques used for muscle re-education, motor learning to regain functional independence, normalization of muscle and gait training for the patient with injury or disease of the nervous system. Treatment techniques will be for patients with stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and various neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease. The following rehabilitation techniques will be practiced: Neurodevelopmental Technique (NDT), Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Brunnstrom and Rood inhibition and facilitation techniques through the progression of postures, as well as objective balance assessment, and techniques using the Swiss ball. Patient/practitioner interaction, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, documentation and time management will be emphasized during patient simulated skills tests. Students will work in small groups to develop a research paper and oral presentation about a neurological disease not previously discussed in the course. Course includes individual testing for competency in skills. Testing will occur outside scheduled lab time.


PTAC 2020 -- Clinical Practice II,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 1010, PTAC 2000, PTAC 2010, and PTAC 2015 all with a grade of C or better

This course is a full time clinical practice at an assigned health care facility. The student will function as a PTA student in the facility for six consecutive weeks and will be responsible for patient care compatible to the role of the PTA, utilizing knowledge and skills developed in the first year of the PTA program. The purpose of the course is to provide real-world work experience in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of the physical therapist. The students will be provided with learning experiences not available in the classroom but unique to the clinical facility under the direct supervision of the clinical instructor. The student will be required to participate in weekly online discussion questions and also required to complete a self- assessment using the electronic Clinical Performance Instrument (Web CPI).


PTAC 2040 -- Special Topics I,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 2000, PTAC 2010, and PTAC 2015 all with a grade of C or better

This course includes study of specialty areas of physical therapy including amputations, orthotics, prosthetics, oncology, work hardening, geriatrics, and the role of the PTA in the rehabilitation process. Application of principles and techniques in the classroom and laboratory of each specialty area are included. Also discussed will be the preparation of a geriatric interview assignment, resume writing, interview techniques and employment seeking information. Licensure laws and national examination materials will be covered.


PTAC 2050 -- Special Topics II,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 2000, PTAC 2010, PTAC 2015, and PTAC 2020 all with a grade of C or better

Study of specialty areas in physical therapy including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary therapy, women's health, arthritis, burn management, and pediatrics as they pertain to the role of the physical therapist assistant. Review is included of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiac, pulmonary, and integumentary systems. Students will prepare a sophomore research project on a topic selected by the student and approved by the instructor. They will write a research paper and do an oral presentation.


PTAC 2060 -- Clinical Practice III,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: PTAC 2020, PTAC 2040 and PTAC 2050 all with a grade of C or better

This course is a full time clinical practice at an assigned health care facility. The student will function as a PTA student in the facility for six consecutive weeks and will be responsible for patient care compatible to the role of the PTA, utilizing knowledge and skills developed in the first year of the PTA program. The purpose of the course is to provide real-world work experience in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of the physical therapist. The students will be provided with learning experiences not available in the classroom but unique to the clinical facility under the direct supervision of the clinical instructor. The student will be required to participate in weekly online discussion questions and also be required to complete a self-assessment using the electronic Clinical Performance Instrument (Web CPI).


PTAC 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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