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Fall 2012

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses:

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PTA101 - Physical Therapy Assistant 1
Credits: 5

Catalog Description: Introduces medical terminology, common pathologies, abbreviations, and documentation pertinent to the role of the physical therapist assistant. Develops skills for fundamental physical therapy treatments. Includes draping and positioning of patients, transferring and lifting of patients, palpation of anatomical landmarks, goniometry, massage, gait training with assistive devices, and utilization of selected thermal agents. Three class hours, four lab hours. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program. Corequisites: PTA 106 and PTA LB1.

Lecture: 3 hrs.
Lab: 4 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify in writing at least 100 prefixes, word roots, and suffixes used in medical terminology.
2. Correctly interpret in writing at least 75 abbreviations used in medical records.
3. Demonstrate competency in medical documentation in various formats commonly utilized in current practice.
4. Demonstrate competency in writing defensive documentation and list several key principles related to this technique.
5. Discuss the utilization of electronic medical records including potential benefits and risks associated with this technology.
6. Demonstrate accurate documentation of a physical therapy intervention provided to a surrogate patient during a lab practical, that is deemed sufficient for use in a medical record.
7. Demonstrate skills in patient preparation and positioning, in transfer and lift, and in basic wheel chair management within a lab practical format earning a grade of at least 90%.
8. Accurately measure and record joint angles, limb lengths, and girth during a lab practical earning a grade of at least 90%.*
9. Describe functional range of motion and identify normal and abnormal end feels found during PROM of every peripheral joint in the body and discuss the cause of each on a written exam.
10. Identify at least 30 common pathologies and associated word roots used in medical documentation, and discuss causes and impact of these pathologies on patients seen in physical therapy.
11. Teach surrogate patients to ambulate with assistive devices, and provide safe and effective guarding during a lab practical, earning a grade of at least 90%.
12. Demonstrate skills in therapeutic massage, cold pack, hot pack and paraffin bath treatments with a surrogate patient within a lab practical earning a grade of at least 90%.
13. List 6 indications and 6 contraindications for the use of massage and explain 4 reasons why massage is physiologically effective on a written exam.
14. Discuss the use of massage in at least 3 practice settings within physical therapy on a written exam.
15. List 6 physiologic effects of heat, as well as 6 indications and contraindications to the use of heat as a PT modality on a written exam.
16. Define in writing the 5 methods of heat exchange.
17. List 6 electrical safety violations which might occur in a PT practice, on a written exam.
18. List orally or in writing 6 indications and 6 contraindications to the use of cryotherapy as a PT modality.
19. List in writing 5 physiologic effects of cold when used as a thermal modality.
20. List the components of each part of a SOAP note used in medical documentation on a written exam.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
I. Prefixes and Suffixes - PT, Medical & Healthcare
II. Patient Preparation Skills and Transfers
III. Goniometry, Girth, and Linear Measurements
IV. Ambulation with Assistive Devices
V. Introduction to Human Pathology
VI. Introduction to Medical Terminology and Documentation
VII. Soft Tissue Mobilization / Massage
VIII. Thermal Agents - Hot/Cold
IX. SOAP Notes/Abbreviations





Effective Term: Fall 2012