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 manual therapy, 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

PTAC 190R : PTA Clinical Education Practicum I

Students 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.

Practicum: 304 hours

Credits

6

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all first year AHLT and PTAC courses

PTAC 192R : PTA Clinical Education 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

Prerequisites

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 Education Senior Seminar

This course is offered after the student completes the summative clinical practicum. The course provides an opportunity to wrap up loose ends regarding licensure, preparation for the licensing exam, the State Practice Act, legal/ethical issues, and topics current to the profession. It provides opportunity for students to further the transition to professional attitudes, behaviors and awareness.

Credits

4

Prerequisites

PTAC 292R : PTA Clinical Education 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.

(400 hrs over 8 wks, usually 8 hrs day x 10 wks)

Credits

8

Prerequisites

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