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PHTA 100: PHYSICAL THERAPY ORIENTATION

0.5 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to introduce students to the profession of physical therapy and the role of the physical therapist assistant. Basic physical therapy interventions, such as superficial heat and cold modalities, massage, gait training, and therapeutic exercises will be demonstrated and practiced. This course is repeatable one time.

PHTA 112: INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 114 and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better and department approval

This course provides an introduction to the physical therapy profession, the American Physical Therapy Association, the role of the physical therapist assistant, development of communication skills needed in the clinical setting, review of professional literature, and an introduction to legal and ethical issues in physical therapy.

PHTA 114: FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT I

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Acceptance to Physical Therapist Assistant Program

This course provides a beginning study of basic physical therapy skills. The emphasis is on asepsis and sterile technique, vital signs, body mechanics, basic positioning and bed mobility skills, wheelchairs, including basic management and mobility, transfer techniques and introduction to the patient chart and SOAP note format.

PHTA 115: FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT II

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 114 and BIOL 140 with a "C" or better, or department approval

This course provides a continuation of the study of basic physical therapy skills. Emphasis is on the use of assistive devices/introduction to normal gait, techniques of draping and positioning for treatment, principles and practices related to use of selected modalities of therapeutic heat and cold, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, therapeutic massage techniques, documentation/SOAP note writing and orientation to clinical practice.

PHTA 116: FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 114 and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better, or department approval

This course includes analysis of human motion and muscle actions with detailed study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. It provides the foundation for understanding and application of physical therapy approaches to treatment.

PHTA 118: FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT III

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 112, 115, and 116 and HLTH 121 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course is a continuation of the skills and knowledge acquired in PHTA 115, focusing on orthopedic and arthritic conditions and their therapeutic management. Therapeutic exercise including stretching and strengthening, postural training, mechanical traction, goniometry, manual muscle testing and the understanding of common special tests performed by the physical therapist.

PHTA 130: CLINICAL I

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 216 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course includes an orientation to the clinical facility and supervised clinical practice in a physical therapy department. Students will participate and observe a variety of patient care interventions used in a physical therapy setting.

PHTA 216: FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT IV

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 112, PHTA 115, PHTA 116, and HLTH 121 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval

This course provides an orientation to the principles of therapeutic electrical currents and their effects on the human body. Electrotherapeutic techniques used in physical therapy are introduced.

PHTA 218: FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT V

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 118 and PHTA 216 with a grade of "C" or better and PHTA 130 with a "S" grade or department approval

This course focuses on common neurological conditions treated in physical therapy for adult and pediatric populations.

PHTA 220: FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT VI

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 218 with a grade of "C" or better and PHTA 230 with a "S" grade or department approval

This course is a continuation of PHTA 218 with a focus on therapeutic interventions for adult and pediatric populations.

PHTA 222: CLINICAL SEMINAR

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 218 with a grade of "C" or better and PHTA 230 with a "S" grade or department approval

This course incorporates an overview of the organization and administration of a physical therapy practice including legal and ethical issues, professional literature and evidence based practice, healthcare management and administration, reimbursement, quality improvement, and the role of physical therapy personnel. This course also covers professional issues including preparation for employment, continuing education and lifelong learning, and preparation for the licensure examination.

PHTA 230: CLINICAL II

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 118 with a grade of "C" or better and PHTA 130 with a grade of "S" or department approval

This course is a progression of PHTA 130 in which the student develops the ability to initiate treatment interventions and increase clinical problem solving and understanding of rationale and outcomes. The student will treat more complex patients with continued direct personal supervision by qualified clinical instructors.

PHTA 232: CLINICAL III

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHTA 220 and PHTA 222 with a "C" or better and PHTA 230 with a "S" grade or department approval

This course is a progression of PHTA 230 in which the student develops consistent proficiency with all aspects of a full time physical therapist assistant’s patient care workload, under general supervision of qualified clinical instructors.

PHTA 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters) and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.