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Spring 2017

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.

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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.

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PTA203 - Physical Therapy Assistant 3
Credits: 5

Catalog Description: Explores principles of pain control, electrically induced exercise and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Develops treatment skills in clinical electrotherapy, ultrasound, ultraviolet radiation, chest physical therapy, and cardiac rehabilitation. Integrates knowledge of clinically relevant pathological conditions into treatment of cardiopulmonary patients with co-morbidities. Three class hours and four laboratory hours. Prerequisite: PTA 102 and BIO 106 or BIO 153 with grade of "C" or higher

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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.

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PTA208 - Physical Therapy Assistant 4
Credits: 5

Catalog Description: Explores principles of motor behavior in neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics and geriatrics. Emphasizes motor control, motor learning, and neurological therapeutic exercises. Addresses architectural barriers, training in daily living activities, orthotics and prosthetics. Integrates knowledge of clinically relevant pathological conditions into treatment of neurological patients with co-morbidities. Four lecture hours and six lab hours a week for a 12 week period, which is comparable to seven contact hours (3 lecture and 4 lab) over a regular sixteen week period. Prerequisite: PTA 203 with a grade of "C" or better. Corequisite: PTA 207

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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.

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PTA223 - Physical Therapy Clinic 3
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: Applies physical therapy procedures to patients and treats a patient caseload under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist at a physical therapy clinical affiliation site new to the student. Emphasizes integrating academic coursework with rationale for clinical treatments, treatment progression, time management, written and oral communication skills, and full responsibility for professional growth. Full-time participation for six weeks (240 hours) at the clinical site. Prerequisite: PTA 121, PTA 202 and PTA 203 each with a grade of 'C' or higher.

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