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Fall 2012

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses:

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PTA222 - Physical Therapy Clinic 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Applies physical therapy procedures to patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist at a physical therapy clinical affiliation site new to the student. Emphasizes incorporating academic knowledge within clinical practice, giving treatment rationale, interpersonal communication skills, and responsibility for professional growth. Full-time participation for five weeks (200 hours) at the clinical site. Prerequisite: PTA 121, PTA 202 and PTA 203 each with a grade of 'C' or higher.

Lecture: 3 hrs.
Lab: 9.5 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Evaluation on objectives # 1 - 7 will be completed by a clinical instructor who will use the Evaluation of PTA Student Performance form. Grades are given on a 1-4 scale with a grade of 4 indicating entry level competency according to the perspective of the clinical instructor. Students will receive these grades at both the mid-term and the final. The final grades will be used for formal evaluation purposes.
At the conclusion of the course, each student will be able to:

1. Take responsibility for her/her own professional behaviors professional growth and demonstrate competence by receiving a grade from the clinical instructor of at least 3.5 on a 1 - 4 scale in the area of "Professional Behavior and Attitude" on the Evaluation.

2. Demonstrate safety awareness by using good body mechanics, following safe patient care protocols, calling for assistance when necessary, and following appropriate emergency procedures. An overall grade of at least 3.5 must be received on the "Safety" section of the Evaluation.

3. Demonstrate appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication, discrete communication in the presence of a patient, and the development of good therapeutic rapport with other members of the health care team by receiving an overall grade of at least 3.0 in all sections referring to interpersonal communication in the Evaluation.

4. Practice documentation of patient treatment sessions using facility format including information needed for billing and reimbursement purposes. These notes should be thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely and legible. The student must receive at least a 2.5 on "Documentation" in the Evaluation.

5. Demonstrate integration of academic knowledge and clinical practice by receiving at least a 3.0 in the "Integration of Academic Knowledge" and the "Clinical Problem Solving" areas of the Evaluation dealing with topics previously covered in the academic classroom.*

6. Demonstrate competence in PT treatments by receiving an overall grade of at least 3.0 in the "Treatment" section of the Evaluation dealing with topics previously covered in the academic classroom.

7. Demonstrate skills in the area of time management in the health care environment by receiving a grade of at least a 2.5 on the "Management" section of the Evaluation.

8. Participate in professional discussion via weekly entries (5 total) in response to clinic related questions provided by GCC instructor.

9. Provide effective patient education as demonstrated by an average score of at least 2.5 (on the "Patient Survey Form" (1-4 scale with 4 being "Strongly Agree" and 1 being "Disagree").

10. Effectively instruct members of the health care team as demonstrated by a score of at least 3.0 on the audience rated "In-service Evaluation Form" (1-5 scale with 5 being "Excellent" and 1 being "Poor").

11. Students will participate in activities related to patient discharge including multidisciplinary care plan meetings, and will discuss the discharge process within the clinic on-line discussion assignment.

* 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. Observation of Patient Care
II. Supervised Participation in Patient Care
III. Participation in Team, Discharge, and Care Plan Meetings
IV. Participation in Facility Documentation, Billing, and Other Administrative Procedures
V. In-service Presentation for physical therapy professionals

Effective Term: Fall 2012