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Fall 2012

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses:

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PTA106 - Physical Therapy Assistant Seminar 1
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Introduces interpersonal skills and professionalism relevant to the health care environment. Addresses interactions between PTA and patients, therapists, and other health care team members. Advances concepts of social and cultural competency, confidentiality, and professional responsibilities. Addresses state laws and professional therapy association positions and their integration into clinical policies and procedures. Covers computer literacy, on-line medical research, effective study skills, and continuing professional development. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program. Corequisite: PTA 101.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate basic verbal and non-verbal communication skills with patients as well as other health care providers through participation in 3 situational role play presentations.
2. Demonstrate basic computer literacy through completion of 4 on-line assignments and participation in at least 4 on-line discussions.
3. List 4 examples of patient interactions which may be impacted by cultural or socioeconomic differences and in writing or during a role play, suggest appropriate modifications to address these issues.*
4. Demonstrate good study habits and time and stress management techniques through the written analysis of student's own study and lifestyle habits as well as written and oral discussion of areas in which change is required.
5. Identify at least 2 basic principles in each of the following areas: levels of authority, professionalism, planning, supervisory processes, performance evaluations, fiscal considerations, and clinical policies and procedures and discuss their importance in both written and class discussion formats.
6. Discuss in writing and orally 3 ways in which patient and family interactions are affected in each of the following areas: geriatrics, pediatrics, and while working with patients with disabilities.
7. Give 3 examples in writing which illustrate the changing face of physical therapy as it pertains to alternative medicine as well as patient education.
8. Write a research paper accessing health care literature via electronic sources (Internet and on-line journals) as well as hard copy resources.
9. List 5 important dates in the development of Physical Therapy in the US and discuss the significance of each.
10. Discuss the role of the PTA in terms of the history of the profession as well as identify supervision levels in acute care, SNF, home care and pediatric settings as per the NYS Practice Act.
11. List 5 significant dates in the history of the American Physical Therapy Association and discuss each date's significance. Discuss national, state and district APTA organization and the APTA's role in the oversight of the physical therapy profession.
12. Define in writing managed care and at least 5 related terms and discuss its impact on the healthcare system in the US today from the patient's and health care provider's points of view.
13. Describe in writing and role play the multidisciplinary team concept and discuss 3 reasons why it is important in health care today.

* 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. PTA Education, Role and History of PTA, Learning Process, and
Metacognition

II. Accessing Information, computer technology and
Evidence Based physical therapy

III. Communication and Professionalism

IV. Ethics, Diversity, and Cultural Competency





Effective Term: Fall 2012