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Fall 2012

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses:

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PTA202 - Applied Neurology
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Provides a basic understanding of how the human nervous system works and explores common neuropathies that impair health and functioning. Presents clinically relevant aspects of normal neuroanatomy and basic neurophysiology as a background for understanding disorders of the human nervous system. Assists in comprehending important clinical concepts related to abnormal neurological conditions in order to substantiate therapeutic rationale for physical therapy treatment techniques taught in the PTA curriculum. One lecture and two seminar hours a week. Prerequisite: BIO105 or BIO152. Corequisite: PTA203.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.Accurately label the structural components of a neuron, the brain and spinal cord with at least
75% accuracy on a written exam.

2.Correctly chart the structural relationships between components of the central nervous
system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS) with at least 75% accuracy on a
written exam.

3.Correctly chart the relationships between the structural divisions and physiological functions of the neuron, glia, cerebrum, diencephalons, cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord with at least 75% accuracy on a written exam.

4. Categorize selected neurological pathologies according to which division(s) of the nervous system (CNS sensory, CNS motor, ANS, PNS sensory, PNS motor) there are abnormal signs and symptoms for each pathology with at least 75% accuracy on a written exam.

*5.Identify which peripheral nerve is injured when presented with abnormal clinical signs with at least 75% accuracy on a written exam.

6.Demonstrate a basic understanding of neurological signs and symptoms through compilation of a Signs & Symptoms Journal.

7.Demonstrate use of healthcare literature and a basic understanding of selected neurological pathologies through a class presentation.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
I. Human Nervous Systems
A. Foundational Background
B. Somatosensory System
C. Motor System
D. Autonomic Nervous System
E. Peripheral Nervous System
F. Auditory, Vestibular and Visual Systems

II. Regional Neuroanatomy
A. Spinal Region
B. Brain Stem and Cranial Nerves
C. Cerebrum



Effective Term: Spring 2003