Course Descriptions

PTA 1502 — Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lecture

Hours: 3

Provides knowledge related to the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, the relationship with biomechanical principles, basic physical principles, and the mechanical aspects of human motion. Includes principles of muscle testing, flexibility testing, goniometry, and aspects of normal gait and posture.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO 137 & BIO 139 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 120, PTA 121, PTA 1501, and PTA 170.

PTA 1501 — Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology Lab

Hours: 3

Develops selected data collection techniques in physical therapy, including: goniometry, manual muscle testing, flexibility, sensory integrity, reflex testing, and postural assessment. Lab experiences will reflect concepts taught in paired lecture course.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO 137 & BIO 139 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 120, PTA 121, PTA 1502, and PTA 170.

PTA 120 – Basic Skills for the PTA Lecture

Hours: 2

Introduces basic concepts of health and disease and introductory patient care skills. Includes orientation to the profession of physical therapy, legal aspects of physical therapy practice, and introductory patient-care skills such as aseptic technique; body mechanics; safety procedures; wheelchair management; patient transfers; positioning and draping; gait training; passive, active, and active-assisted exercise and stretching.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO 137 & BIO 139 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 121, PTA 170

PTA 121 – Basic Skills for the PTA Lab

Hours: 2

Develops introductory patient-care skills such as communication; safety procedures; aseptic technique; body mechanics; wheelchair management; patient transfers; positioning and draping; gait training; pain assessment; passive, active, and active-assisted exercise; stretching; and documentation. Lab experiences will reflect concepts taught in the paired lecture course.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO 137 & BIO 139 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, PTA 170

PTA 170 — Clinical Practicum I

Hours: 1

Includes clinical observation and practice of selected physical therapy interventions and data collection with the application of knowledge from previous/concurrent PTA courses and general education coursework.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program and completion of BIO 137 and BIO 139 with a grade of C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, and PTA 121

Practicum: 1 credit (60 contact hours).

PTA 202 - Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy

Hours: 2

Includes the basic physical science, data collection, and principles of selected physical therapy interventions including, massage, superficial heat and cold, sound agents, electromagnetic radiation, electrotherapy, biofeedback, traction, hydrotherapy, and compression therapy.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program; Completion of PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, PTA 121, PTA 170 with a C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 203, PTA 240. Student cannot progress to PTA 240 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 203 - Therapeutic Modalities in Physical Therapy Lab

Hours: 2

Develops skills in data collection, documentation, and the application of selected physical therapy interventions including, massage, superficial heat and cold, sound agents, electrotherapy, biofeedback, traction, hydrotherapy, and compression therapy. Lab experiences will reflect concepts taught in the paired lecture course.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program; Completion of PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, PTA 121, PTA 170 with a C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, PTA 240. Student cannot progress to PTA 240 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 222 - Pathology & Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Conditions

Hours: 2

Emphasizes the etiology, pathology, prevention, data collection, and selected physical therapy interventions for management of patients with the following problems: musculoskeletal conditions, pathological gait, arthritis, and amputations. Includes the study of wellness and women’s issues, therapeutic exercise, orthotics, and prosthetics.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program; Completion of PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, and PTA 121 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 170 with a grade of P.

Corequiste: PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, and PTA 203, and PTA 240. Students cannot progress to PTA 240 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 223 - Pathology & Rehabilitation of Orthopedic Conditions Lab

Hours: 2

Develops skills in selected physical therapy interventions and data collection for management of patients with the following problems: musculoskeletal conditions, pathological gait, arthritis, and amputations. Includes therapeutic exercise, orthotics, prosthetics, and supportive devices.

Prerequisite: Completion of PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, and PTA 121 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 170 with a grade of P.

Corequisite: PTA 222, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, PTA 203 and PTA 240. Students cannot progress to PTA 240 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 232 - Pathology & Rehabilitation of Neurological & Pediatric Conditions

Hours: 3

Focuses on etiology, pathology, progression, prevention, data collection, and selected physical therapy interventions for management of patients of all age groups with disabilities resulting from the following: brain injury, spinal cord injury, and genetic/congenital disorders. Includes balance disorders, normal growth and development, and the rationale and techniques of neuromuscular re-education.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program; Completion of PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, and PTA 121 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 170 with a grade of P.

Corequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 233, PTA 202, and PTA 203 and PTA 240. Students cannot progress to PTA 240 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 233 - Pathology & Rehabilitation of Neurological & Pediatric Conditions Lab

Hours: 2

Develops skills in the application of selected physical therapy interventions for patients of all age groups with disabilities resulting from the following: brain injury, spinal cord injury, genetic/congenital, and balance disorders. Includes techniques of neuromuscular re-education.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program; Completion of PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, and PTA 121 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 170 with a grade of P.

Corequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 202, and PTA 203, and PTA 240. Students cannot progress to PTA 240 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 240 - Clinical Practicum II

Hours: 2

Includes clinical observation and practice of selected physical therapy interventions and data collection with the application of knowledge from previous/concurrent PTA courses and general education coursework. This course will entail four consecutive weeks of full-time clinical experience. In order to participate in this clinical experience, the student must be earning a grade of “C” or better in all corequisite courses.

Prerequisite: Admission to the PTA Program; Completion of PTA 1501, PTA 1502, PTA 120, PTA 121, and PTA 170 with a C or better.

Corequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, and PTA 203. Students cannot progress to PTA 240 without a grade of C or better in all corequisite courses. 

PTA 254 - Pathology & Rehabilitation of Special Populations & Conditions

Hours: 1

Emphasizes the etiology, pathology, prevention, data collection, and selected physical therapy interventions for management of patients with the following conditions: respiratory system, cardiovascular system, metabolic, and rheumatologic pathologies; psychiatric disorders; infectious diseases; oncology; thermal injuries; integumentary disorders; and wounds. Includes therapeutic exercise and wound care.

Prerequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, PTA 203 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 240 with a grade of P.

Corequisite: PTA 255, PTA 260, and PTA 280. Students cannot progress to PTA 280 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 255 - Pathology & Rehabilitation of Special Populations & Conditions Lab

Hours: 1

Develops skills in the application of selected physical therapy interventions for patients with the following problems: respiratory system, cardiovascular system, metabolic, and rheumatologic pathologies; psychiatric disorders; infectious diseases; oncology; thermal injuries; integumentary disorders; and wounds. Includes therapeutic exercise and wound care.

Prerequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, and PTA 203 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 240 with a grade of P.

Corequisite: PTA 254, PTA 260, and PTA 280. Students cannot progress to PTA 280 without a grade of C or better in all other co-requisite courses.

PTA 260 - Seminar in Physical Therapy

Hours: 2

Presents topics to assist the student in the transition to physical therapist assistant including trends, specialized practice, patient services, and the employment process. Utilizes case studies to assist students to integrate theory and practice.

Prerequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, and PTA 203 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 240 with a grade of P.

Corequisite: PTA 254, PTA 255, and PTA 280. Students cannot progress to PTA 280 without a grade of C or better in all co-requisite courses.

PTA 280 - Clinical Practicum III

Hours: 5

Includes clinical observation and practice of physical therapy interventions and data collection with the application of knowledge from previous and concurrent PTA courses and general education coursework. By the end of the clinical experience, the student will demonstrate an entry level of practice.

Prerequisite: PTA 222, PTA 223, PTA 232, PTA 233, PTA 202, and PTA 203 with a C or better. Completion of PTA 240 with a grade of P.

Corequisite: PTA 254, PTA 255, and PTA 260. Students cannot progress to PTA 280 without a grade of C or better in all co-requisite courses.