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Fall 2012

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses:

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PTA207 - Physical Therapy Assistant Seminar 2
Credits: 1

Catalog Description: Provides an integrative experience in critical analysis of the student's clinical experiences during the final term in the PTA curriculum. Emphasizes the refinement of interpersonal communication skills with patients from diverse backgrounds, current and developing issues affecting clinical practice, and pre-employment issues. Prerequisite: PTA203. Corequisite: PTA208.

Lecture: 1 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Recognize the influence of psychosocial adjustment to disability, individual and cultural differences on patient/family education during verbal discussion of at least 3 case scenarios.
2. Demonstrate guidelines for effective patient education by actively participating in at least 2 role playing sessions.
*3. Verbally educate a non-medical person about the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) as demonstrated by a post-test survey score of at least 80%.
4. Write a reflection paper of previous clinical experiences that demonstrates knowledge of practice standards that are legal and ethical, including recognition when the direction to perform an intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the PTA.
5. Discuss in writing the differences between the 3 types of health insurance companies (private health insurance companies, independent health plans & government health insurance) and the impact of managed care on the operation of physical therapy services.
6. Recognizes the importance of the role of the PTA in the clinical education of PTAs by verbally participating in group discussions or writing a 2 page paper on this topic.
7. Identifies career development and lifelong learning opportunities by writing a resume and responding appropriately to oral interview questions pertaining to professional development.

*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:
1. Resume writing and interviewing skills
2. Legal & Ethical Issues affecting P.T. Practice
A. Malpractice
B. Delegation & Supervision
C. Health Insurance
3. Influence of cultural, religious and psychosocial adjustment to disability on patient/family education





Effective Term: Fall 2008