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Spring 2022

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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.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Label structures in the human nervous system (neuron, spinal cord, brainstem, brain, etc.).
2. Differentiate between structural components of the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS).
3. Identify relationships among various neurological structures (neuron, glia, spinal cord, brainstem, diencephalon, cerebrum, cerebellum, etc.).
4. Describe the physiological functions of important neurological structures (neuron, glia, spinal cord, brainstem, diencephalon, cerebrum, cerebellum, etc.).
5. Categorize selected neurological pathologies according to sensory or motor dysfunction.
6. Categorize selected neurological pathologies according to CNS or PNS dysfunction.
7. Assess which peripheral nerve is damaged when presented with abnormal clinical signs.
8. Describe abnormal signs and symptoms associated with common neurological pathologies.
9. Integrate academic knowledge with therapeutic treatment for selected neurological conditions based on use of healthcare literature.
10. Demonstrate professional skills in various areas, which may include team work, communication, research or delivering a presentation.


Effective Term: Fall 2019