Physical Therapist Assistant

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

PTAC 112R : Physical Therapy Procedures I

This course is offered in the first year, first semester.  The This course involves both lecture and laboratory teaching in the area of biophysical agents used in Physical Therapy. These agents include superficial and deep heat, cold, light, sound waves, electricity, biofeedback, hydrotherapy, compression therapies and traction. Documentation and preparation of self, the patient, equipment and space will also be emphasized.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Matriculation into PTA program or Permission of Instructor.

PTAC 115R : Therapeutic Exercise

This course is offered in the first year, second semester. Students will focus on therapeutic exercise rationale, indications, and contraindications. Specific equipment, techniques and procedures of therapeutic exercise will be introduced. Students will have opportunity in lab sessions to practice these techniques.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

(or corequisite)

PTAC 122R : Physical Therapy Procedures II

This first year, second semester course continues the PT Procedures course series aimed at providing the Physical Therapist Assistant student with basic skills in procedures commonly used in Physical Therapy.  This course integrates both lecture and laboratory learning in the areas of data collection (goniometry, manual muscle testing, length, girth, volume, and body composition), therapeutic massage, gait training and treatment following reconstructive surgery of the extremities. The course will also cover theory and basic techniques for peripheral joint mobilization, and an introduction to patient education and community service. There will continue an emphasis on professionalism in behavior, appearance, and rapport.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Corequisites

PTAC 190R : PTA Clinical Practicum I

Students shall progress to this first clinical experience during the summer after completion of all first-year courses and successful completion of a comprehensive practical exam. Clinical education is an organized sequence of learning activities integrated within the curriculum. 

Clinical education provides students with the opportunity to perform their responsibilities under appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant supervision and positive role modeling.  The experience provides exposure to a variety of patients and learning activities. Clinical education is provided in a variety of practice and health care settings and ensures participation in direct patient care.

Other/Practicum Hours: 3 (270 clock hours total)

Credits

6

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all first year AHLT and PTAC courses

PTAC 192R : PTA Clinical Practicum I Seminar

This seminar course is offered during the Summer semester after students complete the first year of professional course. The course provides students with an opportunity for reflective learning that focuses on the formative clinical education experience.

Credits

1

Corequisites

PTAC 201R : Introduction to Personal Training and Fitness

This occasionally-offered course is designed to introduce the student to the fitness industry and the profession of personal training. Topics of discussion will include current trends and the personal trainer’s role, employment opportunities and personal trainer certification options. The foundational knowledge and skills needed for an entry level personal training certificate will also be covered which includes health screening, physical fitness and body composition assessments and fitness program design. Course competencies will be based on current research and industry standards.

Credits

1

Prerequisites

PTA Program matriculation, A&P I, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Exercise, or permission from instructor.

PTAC 211R : Physical Therapy Procedures III

This course is offered in the second year, Fall semester. This course completes the series aimed at providing the PTA student with basic skills in procedures commonly used in Physical Therapy. It integrates both lecture and laboratory learning, and may include off site learning opportunities in the areas of advanced therapeutic interventions: facilitation techniques and motor control, orthotics, prosthetics, cardiac rehabilitation, chest physical therapy, wound care, psychological issues and management of patients using teaching strategies and cultural sensitivity.  

Credits

3

Prerequisites

PTAC 250R : PTA Clinical Practicum II Senior Seminar

This course is offered after the student completes the summative clinical practicum. The course provides an opportunity to share newly learned clinical skills with classmates; participate in cross-professional collaboration; focus on preparing for the licensing exam and the process for obtaining and retaining licensure; and review State Practice Acts, legal/ethical issues, and topics current to the profession as they impact job searching and license retention. It provides opportunity for students to further the transition to professional attitudes, behaviors and awareness.

Credits

2

Corequisites

PTAC 292R : PTA Clinical Practicum II

Students progress to this summative clinical experience after completion of all professional courses and successful completion of a comprehensive practical exam. Clinical education is an organized sequence of learning activities integrated within the curriculum. It includes full time assignments, and follows the completion of relevant didactic instruction. 

Clinical education provides students with the opportunity to perform their responsibilities under appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant supervision and with positive role modeling.  The experience provides exposure to a variety of patients and learning activities. Clinical education is provided in a variety of practice and health care settings and ensures participation in direct patient care.

Other/Practicum Hours: 24 contact hours (360 clock hours total) (typically done over 8-10 weeks)

Credits

8

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all first and second year PTAC and AHLT courses except PTAC 250R

Corequisites