Academics

PHTA 100 PHYSICAL THERAPY ORIENTATION

0.5 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: None


PHTA 111 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERVENTIONS

5.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an introduction to data collection skills and physical therapy interventions performed by the physical therapist assistant including: asepsis and sterile technique, vital signs, body mechanics, effects of prolonged immobility, positioning and draping, transfers, bed mobility skills, wheelchair management and skills, gait and assistive devices, superficial heat and cold modalities, hydrotherapy, massage and soft tissue techniques.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance to Physical Therapist Assistant Program and BIOL 140 or equivalent with a “C” or better grade


PHTA 112 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY

1.5 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 111 with a grade "C" or better.


PHTA 114 FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT I

2 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance to Physical Therapist Assistant Program


PHTA 115 FUNDAMENTALS FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT II

4 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 114 and BIOL 140 with a "C" or better, or department approval


PHTA 116 ANATOMY AND KINESIOLOGY FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course includes analysis of normal functional movement utilizing principles of biomechanics, kinesiology, musculoskeletal anatomy, and neuromuscular physiology. Students will learn principles of movement, surface palpation of joints and muscles, joint structure and function, and be introduced to passive range of motion, and normal gait.

Pre-requisite: Acceptance into the PTA program and BIOL 140 with a grade of "C" or better


PHTA 118 PRINCIPLES OF ORTHOPEDIC REHABILITATION

6 Credit Hours (OC)
This course covers principles and types of therapeutic exercises with a focus on orthopedic conditions, data collection skills, and related physical therapy interventions including: stretching and strengthening exercises, postural dysfunction, mechanical traction, goniometry, manual muscle testing, and an introduction to muscle energy techniques. Documentation of treatment interventions is also covered.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 111 with a grade "C" or better


PHTA 130 CLINICAL I

1.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course includes an introduction to the clinical setting under direct personal supervision by qualified clinical instructors. Students will participate in and observe a variety of patient care interventions provided in a physical therapy practice setting.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 118 with a grade of "C" or better


PHTA 216 PRINCIPLE OF THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES

4 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an introduction to the principles of electrical current and their effects on the human body. Students will learn about deep thermal agents, light therapy, and electrotherapy modalities. Methods of data collection and documentation of treatment interventions are also covered.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 118 with a grade “C” or better


PHTA 218 PRINCIPLES OF NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION

6 Credit Hours (OC)
This course focuses on common neurological conditions, data collection skills, and related physical therapy interventions for adult and pediatric populations. Students will learn concepts of normal motor development, motor control, balance and sensory assessment, abnormal gait, and rehabilitation treatment approaches. Documentation of treatment interventions is also covered.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 216 with a grade "C" or better


PHTA 220 SPECIAL PATIENT POPULATIONS

5.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides an overview of physical therapy for special patient populations including conditions related to peripheral vascular disease, cardiopulmonary, amputation and prosthetics, geriatrics, pregnancy, women’s and men’s health, wound care, burns, other neurological conditions, and oncology. Methods of data collection and documentation of treatment interventions are also covered.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 218 with a grade "C" or better


PHTA 222 MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

2.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This course incorporates an overview of the organization and administration of a physical therapy practice including legal and ethical issues, evidence-based clinical practice, professional literature, healthcare management, reimbursement and billing, quality improvement, and volunteerism. Students will also learn employment seeking skills including resume development and interview preparation along with life-learning activities and transitioning to the entry-level PTA role. Preparation for the licensure exam will also be covered.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 218 with a grade "C" or better


PHTA 230 CLINICAL II

2.5 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 130 with a "C" grade or better


PHTA 232 CLINICAL III

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: PHTA 230 with a "C" grade or better


PHTA 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: Department approval