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Fall 2017

Physical Therapist Assistant Courses:

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PTA101 - Physical Therapy Assistant 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces medical terminology, common pathologies, abbreviations, and documentation pertinent to the role of the physical therapist assistant. Develops skills for fundamental physical therapy treatments. Includes draping and positioning of patients, transferring and lifting of patients, palpation of anatomical landmarks, goniometry, massage, gait training with assistive devices, and utilization of selected thermal agents. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program. Corequisites: PTA 106 and PTA LB1.

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PTA102 - Physical Therapy Assistant 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Acquires cognitive and psychomotor skills in orthopedics, therapeutic exercises, traction, intermittent compression, ultrasound and hydrotherapy. Integrates knowledge of clinically relevant pathological conditions into treatment of orthopedic patients with co-morbidities. Prerequisites: BIO 152, PTA101, PTALB1 and PTA 106 each with a grade of `C' or higher. Corequisite: PTA LB2.

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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. Co-requisites: PTA 101 and PTALB1.

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PTA110 - Kinesiology
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Introduces mechanical concepts (e.g., force and torque) integral to the understanding of resisted exercise systems. Explores selected biomechanical principles, especially those related to musculoskeletal performance during exercise and gait. Includes regional functional anatomy, with emphasis on normal joint and muscle function, clinical pathologies, and acquisition of skill in palpating superficial anatomic structures. Prerequisite: BIO 152 with a grade of ā€˜Cā€™ or higher. Corequisite: PTALB3.

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PTA121 - Clinical Experience 1
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: The student will apply physical therapy procedures to patients, under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, at a physical therapy clinical affiliation site. Emphasis is placed on safe, professional, ethical, and competent treatment implementation and patient interactions. Students will develop personal communication skills and take an active role and responsibility for their professional development. Prerequisites: PTA 102, PTALB2, PTA 110, PTA LB3 and BIO 153 each with a grade of "C" or better. Student must have current certification in Adult & Pediatric 1st Aid/CPR/AED or equivalent.

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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: BIO152. Corequisite: PTA203 and PTALB4.

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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. Prerequisites: PTA102, PTALB2 and 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. Prerequisite: PTA203 and PTALB4 with a grade of "C" or better.

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PTA222 - Physical Therapy Clinic 2
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: The student will apply physical therapy procedures to patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant at a physical therapy clinical affiliation site. The student will be expected to expand on the skills developed during their first clinical experience. Emphasis is placed on safe, professional, and competent treatment implementation and patient interactions. Students will continue to develop personal communication skills and are responsibility for continued professional development. Prerequisite: PTA121, PTA202, PTA203, and PTALB4 each with a grade of 'C' or higher. Student must have current certification in Adult & Pediatric 1st Aid/CPR/AED or equivalent.

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PTA223 - Physical Therapy Clinic 3
Credits: 4

Catalog Description: The student will apply physical therapy assessments and interventions to patients / clients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or physical therapist assistant at a physical therapy clinical affiliation site. The student will be expected to expand on the skills developed during their first two clinical experience and didactic instruction. Emphasis is placed on reaching entry-level performance in preparation for entrance into the work force. The student will educate clinic staff through a professional in-service on a topic appropriate for the clinical setting. Student must have current certification in Adult & Pediatric 1st Aid/CPR/AED or equivalent.

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PTALB1 - Lab for PTA101
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: PTA LB1 is the application of didactic instruction for PTA101 and a required co-requisite. Skills and performance in PTA LB1 are assessed as a component of PTA 101 and therefore, must be successfully completed in addition to all the requirements for PTA 101. Co-requisites: PTA101 and PTA106

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PTALB2 - Lab for PTA102
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: PTA LB2 is the application of didactic instruction for PTA102 and a required co-requisite. Skills and performance in PTA LB2 are assessed as a component of PTA 102 and therefore, must be successfully completed in addition to all the requirements for PTA 102. Co-requisite: PTA 102

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PTALB3 - PTA 3 Lab
Credits: 0

Catalog Description: PTALB3 is the application of didactic instruction for PTA110 and a required co-requisite. Skills and performance in PTALB3 are assessed as a component of PTA110 and therefore, must be successfully completed in addition to all the requirements for PTA110. Co-requisite: PTA110

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PTALB4 - PTA208 Lab
Credits: 0

Catalog Description: PTALB4 is the application of didactic instruction for PTA203 and a required co-requisite. Skills and performance in PTALB4 are assessed as a component of PTA 102 and therefore, must be successfully completed in addition to all the requirements for PTA203. Co-requisite: PTA203

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PTALB5 - Lab for PTA208
Credits: 2

Catalog Description: PTALB5 is the application of didactic instruction for PTA208 and a required co-requisite. Skills and performance in PTALB5 are assessed as a component of PTA208 and therefore, must be successfully completed in addition to all the requirements for PTA208. Co-requisite: PTA208.

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