Credit Courses

(PTA) Physical Therapist Assistant

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Except as noted, enrollment in PTA courses is limited to students who have completed all basic skill requirements and who have received full acceptance into the program. PTA majors are required to earn a minimum grade of C+ in PTA courses.

Note: COURSES ARE INTERRUPTED for either four weeks (for PTA 201, 210, 211 and 227) or five weeks (for PTA 213, 216 and 237) for a Clinical Education course as indicated within the semester. Class times have been adjusted accordingly.

PTA 101 - Introduction to PTA (1 credit)
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Open to all students interested in physical therapy as a career and required for Physical Therapist Assistant majors. Provides an overview of the health care system and the specific roles of physical medicine and rehabilitation professionals. Topics include medical terminology, documentation, and communication skills. 1 lecture hour
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PTA 105 - Kinesiology (3 credits)
Prerequisite: BIO 103 with a minimum C+ grade completed within the past five years
Open to all students interested in physical therapy as a career or in the study of human movement; required for Physical Therapist Assistant majors. Introduces the concepts of locomotion, forces, levers, and biomechanics. Topics include origins, insertions, innervations, and actions of the prime movers of the musculoskeletal system. 3 lecture hours
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PTA 107 - Therapeutic Measurement (2 credits)
Prerequisites: BIO 104 with a minimum C+ grade completed within the past five years; PTA 101
Addresses bony landmarks, muscle length, measurement of joint range of motion and muscle strength. Medical documentation is introduced. Students develop their skills through practice with each other. Competencies evaluated throughout the course. 1 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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PTA 112 - Pathology for PTAs (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIO 104 with a minimum C+ grade completed within the past five years; ENG 102
Required for Physical Therapist Assistant majors. Covers the essential nature of diseases and abnormalities of structure and function characteristic of diseases. 3 lecture hours
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PTA 201 - Therapeutic Exercise (2 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 105, PTA 107
Review and discussion of treatment interventions that correlate with patient therapy goals. Topics include interpreting a physical therapy initial evaluation, range of motion exercises, stretching, strengthening, joint mobilization, aerobic exercise, exercise parameters and exercise progression. Emphasizes activities to promote clinical decision-making using patient scenarios. 1 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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PTA 205 - Motor Development (1 credit)
Prerequisites: PTA 101, PTA 105, PTA 112
Corequisite: PTA 213
Introduces developmental milestones for normal human motor development. Topics include hereditary, congenital, and acquired disorders with special emphasis on abnormalities of structure and function that impact human motor development. 1 lecture hour
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PTA 210 - PTA Techniques (4 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 107, PTA 112
Addresses patient care and handling, including patient positioning and bed mobility, vital signs, transfers, gait, massage, aseptic techniques, wound care, edema management, and cardiac and chest physical therapy. Students develop their skills through practice with each other. Competencies evaluated throughout the course. 3 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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PTA 211 - Physical Agents (4 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 107 and PTA 112; MAT 115 or MAT 140 or PTA program approved MAT equivalent with a minimum C grade
Study of physical agents and therapeutic modalities in physical therapy practice. Lab and lecture activities develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills for the use of electrical stimulation, heat, cold, traction, and hydrotherapy for therapeutic interventions. Competencies evaluated throughout the course. 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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PTA 213 - PTA Therapy Clinic (3 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 210, PTA 211
Corequisite: PTA 205
Therapeutic interventions for conditions arising from cerebral vascular accidents, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations, joint replacement, cardiac disease, and neurologic dysfunction. Emphasizes activities to promote optimal functional outcomes. Lab develops decision-making skills involving assistive devices, orthotics and prosthetics. Competencies evaluated throughout the course. 3 lecture/3 laboratory hours
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PTA 216 - Orthopedics in PTA (2 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 107, PTA 112, PTA 210
A study of orthopedic conditions and their underlying pathology. Emphasis on physical therapy interventions utilized in the rehabilitation of specified conditions. Optional course for all Physical Therapist Assistant majors. Elective course available to licensed PTs and PTAs. 2 lecture/laboratory hours
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PTA 224 - PTA Clinical Education I (3 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 107, PTA 112
Corequisite: PTA 227
Supervised clinical instruction to observe the clinic environment and PT/PTA interactions; develop professional deportment and communication; refine measurement and time management skills; and learn about patient chart information. Experiences are shared with classmates and faculty in PTA Seminar (PTA 227). 40 hours per week for 4 weeks = 160 clinical hours
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PTA 227 - PTA Seminar (3 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 107, PTA 112, approved Physical Therapist Assistant major
Corequisite: PTA 224
Overview of the healthcare system and the specific roles of professionals in healthcare fields. Topics include medical terminology, psychosocial aspects of disability, medical documentation, professional growth and development, evidence-based practice, and communication skills. 3 lecture hours
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PTA 235 - PTA Clinical Education II (4 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 210, PTA 211, PTA 224, PTA 227
Corequisite: PTA 237
Supervised full-time clinical experience allows students to apply and practice skills learned in other classes and learn to become an integral part of a physical therapy department. 40 hours per week for 5 weeks = 200 clinical hours
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PTA 237 - PTA Professional Development (3 credits)
Prerequisite: PTA 227
Corequisite: PTA 235
Explores teaching, learning and communication styles, the development of an in-service presentation, and professional tools students will need following graduation. Includes observing the fabrication of prosthetics and witnessing physical therapy in an urban-based rehabilitation setting to be able to teach future patients more effectively. 3 lecture hours
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PTA 240 - PTA Clinical Education III (5 credits)
Prerequisite: PTA 213, PTA 235
Supervised full-time clinical experience allows students to practice all of the techniques and procedures taught in the program, performing all that is normally expected of a physical therapist assistant. Students are expected to conduct an "in-service" presentation to colleagues at the clinical site. 40 hours per week for 6 weeks = 240 clinical hours
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