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Spring 2022

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PTA106 - Introduction to Physical Therapy

Credits: 2

Catalog Description: Introduces students to the field of physical therapy and the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Explores 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, HIPAA, 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.

Lecture: 2 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally, or non-verbally) with patients and other stakeholders.
2. Discuss examples of patient interactions which may be impacted by cultural or socioeconomic differences.
3. Reflect on personal development of metacognition strategies (good study habits, time and stress management techniques).
4. Discuss ways in which patient and family interactions are affected in a variety of areas (geriatrics, pediatrics, and while working with patients with disabilities).
5. Access current health care literature via electronic sources (Internet and on-line journals) as well as hard copy resources.
6. Explain the PTA's role acting in various supervisory contexts in various settings (acute care, SNF, home care and pediatric) as per the NYS Practice Act.
7. Discuss national, state and district American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) organization and its role in the oversight of the physical therapy profession.
8. Identify the multidisciplinary team concept and describe its importance in health care today.
9. Utilize the on-line APTA resources for professional development purposes, such as the identification of preferred PT / PTA relationships or practices in various healthcare settings.
10. Implement a decision making model to determine appropriate actions in addressing simulated or hypothetical ethical dilemmas, consistent with the APTA's Code of Ethics for Physical Therapist Assistants.
11. Identify key principles of reimbursement specific to physical therapy settings (private insurance, managed care, Medicare, Medicaid, and worker's compensation).
12. Utilize the APTA Guide to Physical Therapy practice with proficiency in identifying treatment options within the PTA's scope of practice.
13. Describe the PTA scope of practice as a medical professional, which could include the clinical education process and career opportunities.
14. Assess conditions for reporting cases of abuse or neglect of vulnerable populations.
15. Utilize the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) terminology to accurately describe a client's impairments, activity, or participation limitations.
16. Describe various aspects of organizational planning and operation of physical therapy.
17. Identify specified features on APTA Clinical Site Information Forms (CSIF) to gain an improved understanding of the organization of a healthcare facility.




Effective Term: Fall 2019