Allied Health Core Courses

Classes

AHLT 103R : Communication and Interpersonal Relationships

This course provides fundamental knowledge of effective communication techniques that are essential to developing interpersonal relationships. Content includes the communication process, levels of communication, barriers to communication, effective communication techniques, and interpersonal relationship skills.

Credits

3

AHLT 104R : Introduction to Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

This is a first year, first semester course. This course is designed to give the student an overview of the Occupational and Physical Therapy professions.  The history and development of the professions, scope of practice and roles of the health care personnel are discussed.  Also reviewed will be professional competencies, role delineations in practice, case studies, practice models, medical abbreviations, safety issues, current issues, trends, and ethical and legal practice.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

One of the following:
ENGL 102R or equivalent OR
Previous minimum of Associates degree OR
Waiver from OTA or PTA Program Director

AHLT 106R : Introduction to Healthcare Research

This course is geared for the student or health care professional who wants to become involved with healthcare research. Basic concepts are presented along with real-world examples. This course will address selected topics and statistical procedures that are common to medical research in general and specifically to allied health care. It is a goal of this course to aid the student to become an “educated consumer” of healthcare research.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ACCUPLACER Sentence Score 78 (or above) and ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Score 70 (or above), or Permission of Instructor)

AHLT 112R : Clinical Conditions for Occupational/Physical Therapy

This is a first year, first semester course.  Clinical disorders and diseases commonly treated by physical and occupational therapy are presented. Pathology, etiology, diagnosis, signs and symptoms and prognosis will be discussed. This course is designed to give a background on clinical conditions the PTA and OTA student will encounter during clinical education experiences/fieldwork.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 201R (or corequisite)

AHLT 123R : Functional Kinesiology

This course is a first year, second semester course.  It follows the successful completion of Anatomy & Physiology I.  This course is designed to give the student a basic understanding of normal human body movement as related to skeletal, articular, neurological and muscular systems. Anatomical palpation and biomechanical principles are also included. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 201R and Matriculation in OTA, PTA (or corequisite)

AHLT 135R : Activities of Daily Living

This course is a foundation course offered in the first semester of the first year. It provides the students with an introduction to patient care, foundational intervention and an introductory understanding to the practice as an OTA and PTA. The course builds upon concepts presented in AHLT 104R Introduction to OT/PT and OCTA 110R Fundamentals of OT. This course is offered early in the curriculum to introduce and focus on the individual with disabilities in society and in relation to practice. This course provides an opportunity for both OTA and PTA students to begin integrating team collaboration

This combined occupational therapy and physical therapy course shall introduce principles and techniques of client/patient handling and activities of daily living. The students shall have the opportunity with other classmates to experience and demonstrate the basics needed for moving, positioning, planning and training clients for daily living management and mobility. Basic skills required of occupational therapy assistants and physical therapist assistants (as utilized in a variety of clinical settings with client/patients from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds) are most effectively learned experientially. These skills provide a strong foundation for future competence in treatment planning and implementation. 
 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

AHLT 104R, Exceptions require the approval of the Professors and Program Director (or corequisite)

AHLT 139R : Introduction to Health Care Delivery

This course is designed to introduce the learner to the United States health care delivery system. This content provides a foundation for practicing as a health care provider. Content will focus on exploring health care services, factors influencing health care delivery, financing health care, organizational structures within health care agencies, and the health care team. Emphasis will be on the role and functions of primary health care team members.

Credits

3

AHLT 200R : Clinical Taping for the Allied Health Clinician

The allied health clinician may be treating patients with ligamentous sprains and muscular or tendinous strains. Knowledge of clinical taping/ wrapping for edema control and musculo-skeletal support is a useful additional skill for those interested in working with patients with orthopedic or sports medicine clinical diagnoses. This occasionally-offered course will introduce indications, contraindications, and precautions for taping and wrapping, in addition to the necessary supplies and general considerations. The participant will learn taping and/or wrapping techniques for arch support, shin splints, ankle sprains, Achille’s tendon strains, collateral ligament sprains of the knee, various toe, patello-femoral, hip and shoulder dysfunctions, and strains to the biceps, thumb, hamstrings tendons.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

AHLT 123R or currently licensed PT/PTA or permission of instructor.

AHLT 201R : Aquatic Therapy

This course focuses on the use of water as a therapeutic environment alternative to land based rehabilitation. Basic hydrotherapy physics, safety and rationale for aquatic therapy will be discussed. The course will also cover the fundamental techniques and the major aquatic therapy techniques commonly in use today. The student will have opportunity to practice these techniques in a pool setting, and devise a treatment plan progressing from aquatic therapy to land-based treatments.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

Matriculation in PTA program or currently licensed as a PT or PTA

AHLT 210R : Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Management

This course is held in the first semester of the senior year and draws upon introductory concepts as presented in AHLT 104R Introduction to OT/PT, OCTA 125R, 212R, 213R, 214R and OCTA 190R Level I Fieldwork as concepts of management and intervention in the field of OT is discussed and explored.  Students will explore the management process, management and leadership skills, and how it relates to physical therapy and occupational therapy practice, employment acquisition, ethics, liability and reimbursement.

Credits

2

Prerequisites

OCTA 190R or PTAC 190R (or corequisite)

AHLT 220R : Clinical Neurology

This course is offered the first semester of the senior year and draws upon concepts learned in AHLT 123R Clinical Kinesiology, AHLT 112R Clinical Conditions, OCTA 212R Developmental Disabilities, and OCTA 214R Physical Disabilities as these courses introduced typical and atypical conditions that affect the nervous system of the human body.
Students will gain a basic understanding of the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system) in regards to anatomy, neuro-development and function. The course will clarify the neural foundations for understanding human development, clinical neuropathology, and neural screening/observation methods, and introduce neurorehabilitation approaches. 
 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BIOL 201R, BIOL 202R