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.

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 106 - Therapeutic Measurement (2 credits)
Prerequisites: BIO 104 with a minimum C+ grade completed within the past five years; PTA 101, PTA 105
Laboratory practice of measurement skills for joint range of motion (ROM), muscle length, and muscle strength. Includes volumetric, circumferential and postural assessments; manual muscle tests; and range of motion measurements using a goniometer. 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; PTA 101, PTA 105
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 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 and Modalities (4 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 106, PTA 112
Addresses patient care and handling, including patient positioning and bed mobility, vital signs, transfers, gait and posture, massage, aseptic techniques, wound care and bandaging, edema management, and continuous passive motion devices. 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 106 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 106, 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. Required course for all PTA majors. 2 lecture/laboratory hours
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PTA 224 - PTA Clinical Education I (3 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 106, PTA 112
Corequisite: PTA 226
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 I (PTA 226). 40 hours per week for 4 weeks = 160 clinical hours
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PTA 226 - PTA Seminar I (2 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 106, PTA 112
Corequisite: PTA 224
Review and discussion of clinical experiences using a case study approach. Topics include documentation, professional growth and development, quality assurance concepts, and negotiation skills for employment opportunities. 3 lecture hours
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PTA 235 - PTA Clinical Education II (4 credits)
Prerequisites: PTA 210, PTA 211, PTA 224, PTA 226
Corequisite: PTA 236
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 236 - PTA Seminar II (2 credits)
Prerequisite: PTA 226
Corequisite: PTA 235
Continues the case study concept with emphasis on developing a patient care plan. Students explore learning and communication styles and have the opportunity to observe fabrication of orthotics and prosthetics, research home medical equipment, and witness physical therapy in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. 3 lecture hours
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PTA 240 - PTA Clinical Education III (5 credits)
Prerequisite: PTA 213, PTA 235
Corequisite: PTA 241
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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PTA 241 - PTA Seminar III (1 credit)
Prerequisite: PTA 236
Corequisite: PTA 240
Discussion-oriented review of ethical and moral dilemmas in health care and special practice areas within physical therapy, preparation for licensure, and employment as PTAs. Students have the opportunity to meet with a panel of practicing PTAs to discuss employment opportunities. 1 lecture hour
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