Course Descriptions
PTA 1011 Anatomy and Physiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant: This lecture/lab course introduces the structural, histological and chemical composition of the systems of the human body, with particular emphasis on systems as they are encountered by a physical therapist assistant. 
PTA 1021 Health & Disease I: This lecture course examines the cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, integumentary, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems by reviewing normal function and surveying many diseases that affect these systems. In the study of each system, clinical presentations and possible physical therapy interventions are reviewed. The disease process, particularly inflammation and tissue repair are emphasized. Medical terminology and its use in documentation are also reviewed.   
PTA 1022 Health & Disease II: This lecture course surveys many more disease processes, focusing on disease through the lifespan with concentration on pediatric pathologies and common disorders found in the elderly. Other topics include disorders of the digestive system, liver, gallbladder, and kidneys; hereditary and infectious diseases, neoplasms, and nervous system pathology including TBI, CVA, and SCI. Students are challenged to develop educational tools to describe selected conditions with proper medical terminology using both written and verbal communication methods.
PTA 1023 Human Development: This lecture course explores the cognitive, emotional, physical, and social factors that affect human growth and development across the lifespan, from conception to death. Emphasis is on theories, current research (including Healthy People 2010) and practical applications. Lecture, reflective writing, observations, and group presentations are utilized to enhance learning.   
PTA 1031 Basic Patient Care: This lecture course is an introduction to professional behaviors, documentation, and basic physical therapy intervention skills. Principles of positioning, transfers, range of motion, aseptic technique, wound care, bandaging & dressing, vital signs, wheelchair management, gait training, documentation and massage are introduced.   
PTA 1032 Basic Patient Care Lab: This lab course provides an introduction to performing basic physical therapy intervention skills, professional behaviors, and documentation skills in a laboratory setting. Positioning techniques, transfers, range of motion, aseptic technique, wound care, bandaging & dressing, measuring vital signs, wheelchair management, gait training, and massage skills are practiced and perfected during this course. 
PTA 1041 Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology: This lecture course studies the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, emphasizing the physics of human motion and biomechanical principles involved. The theoretical basis of manual muscle testing, goniometric measurements, muscle length, gait and postural assessments, and other data collection methods are introduced. Use of professional behaviors and use of appropriate medical terminology in written and verbal communications are reinforced. 
PTA 1042 Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology Lab: This lab course provides an introduction practicing basic physical therapy data collection methods, professional behaviors, documentation, and communication in a laboratory setting. Analysis of biomechanical principles, joint structure, Newton’s laws of motion, and the nervous system as it relates to human motion are explored. Principles and procedures of manual muscle testing, goniometric measurements, muscle length assessments, posture & gait analysis, and other data collection methods are introduced and practiced in this course.  
PTA 1051 Physical Agents and Modalities: This lecture course introduces theory and practical information about various modalities and physical agents commonly used in physical therapy practice. Basic scientific and physiological principles supporting the use of physical agents are explored, and indications, contraindications, and precautions for each modality are presented. A study of the physiological process of pain and how modalities control that process is also included.  
 
PTA 1052 Physical Agents and Modalities Lab: This lab course provides an opportunity to practice clinical applications of various treatment modalities commonly used in physical therapy practice. Emphasis is placed on assuring that a modality is applied properly for maximal effectiveness. Safety procedures, indications, contraindications, and precautions are reviewed along with the actual procedure of each modality.  
PTA 1061 Orthopedic Therapeutic Exercise: This lecture course studies data collection and physical therapy interventions for common orthopedic and cardiopulmonary conditions. A broad range of therapeutic exercises are introduced. The role of the PTA as a part of the healthcare team is emphasized as it relates to developing and delivering therapeutic exercise programs. 
PTA 1062 Orthopedic Therapeutic Exercise Lab: This lab course gives students the opportunity to practice data collection and physical therapy interventions for common orthopedic and cardiopulmonary conditions in a laboratory setting. Interpreting the PT plan of care and designing & instructing therapeutic exercises and functional activities are a large part of this lab experience. Professional behaviors and effective patient education and communication are emphasized.
PTA 1063 Neurological Therapeutic Exercise: This lecture course provides an introduction to the complexities of treating neurological dysfunction. Principles of sensation, perception, motor control, balance, posture, coordination, functional mobility, & ambulation are examined. The student is also introduced to theories and techniques of therapy commonly used with this patient population. Professional behaviors, the role of the physical therapist assistant in the health care team, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills are once again emphasized. 
PTA 1064 Neurological Therapeutic Exercise Lab: This lab course provides an introduction to the treatment of adult neurological dysfunction and required clinical skills in a laboratory setting. Procedures related to sensation, perception, motor control, balance, posture, coordination, functional mobility, and ambulation are studied using case studies and actual patient examples. Professional behaviors, the role of the physical therapist assistant in the health care team, and appropriate written and verbal communication skills are once again emphasized.   
PTA 1071 PTA as a Profession: This course provides an in-depth look into the role and scope of PTA & PT practice. Students learn more about legal and ethical concepts guiding professional behavior and conduct introduced in Basic Patient Care. Effective written and verbal communications and professional behaviors are emphasized. 
PTA 1081 Trends and Issues in Physical Therapy: This seminar course gives students the opportunity to explore current issues and trends in the field of physical therapy, as well as some trends that are being used less & less. This exploration is facilitated by guest lectures from local professionals in the field.   
PTA 2001 Special Problems in Physical Therapist Assistant: This seminar course gives students the opportunity to explore student areas of interest in the field of physical therapy, as well as selected topics not covered in other courses. This exploration is facilitated by “hot topics” in the physical therapy world, and guest lectures from local professionals in the field.   
PTA 2011 Clinical Practice I: First in a series of three, part time clinical experience provides the student with a first opportunity for hands-on patient care. The student will have the opportunity to apply skills being learned in the classroom, and become comfortable with clinician-patient, clinician-clinician interactions, practicing appropriate professional behaviors emphasized in the first semester of technical courses.  Emphasis will be on connecting theoretical knowledge to direct patient care. The student will work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapy professional.
PTA 2012 Clinical Practice II: Second in a series of three, this part time clinical experience provides the student with more opportunities for hands-on patient care. The student will have the opportunity to further apply skills learned in the classroom, and emphasis will once again be on appropriate professional behaviors, working as a member of a health care team, and connecting theoretical knowledge to direct patient care. The student will work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapy professional.   
PTA 2013 Clinical Practice III: The final in a series of three, this full time clinical experience gives the student a final opportunity for hands-on patient care before entering the workforce. Emphasis continues to be on appropriate professional behaviors, working as a member of a health care team, and connecting theoretical knowledge to direct patient care. Unique to this experience, students will be exploring professional and legal issues in depth in lecture courses taught in tandem with this clinical experience.