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PTA 103 - Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures 2

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: PTA 101 , BIO 160 , BIO 161  
Co-requisites: PTA 112C  and PTA 102  

This course provides the physical therapist assistant student with an understanding of diagnoses and the physical therapy treatment methods used with people experiencing orthopedic and other problems that directly affect range of motion, strength, coordination, and endurance. Emphasis will be place on treatment concepts of orthopedic rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Express (communicate) both verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, healthcare delivery personnel, and others in an effective and appropriate manner.
  2. Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of the profession of physical therapy.
  3. Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
  4. Express (communicate) an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

           Interventions include:

  • Functional Training
  • Manual Therapy Techniques
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Wound Management
  • Assistive, Adaptive, Orthotic, Protective, Supportive, and Prosthetic Devices
  • Gait, Locomotion, and Balance
  • Integumentary Integrity
  • Muscle Performance
  • Pain
  • Posture
  • Range of Motion

    6. Revise (adjust) interventions within the plan of care established by the physical therapist in response to patient clinical indications and report this to the supervising physical therapist.

    7. Recognize when intervention should not be provided due to changes in the patient’s status and report this to the supervising physical therapist.

    8. Report any changes in the patient’s status to the supervising physical therapist.

    9. Recognize when the direction to perform an intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for a physical therapist assistant and initiate clarification with the physical therapist.

  10. Participate in educating patients and caregivers as directed by the supervising physical therapist.

  11. Demonstrate (take) appropriate action in an emergency situation.

  12. Apply (complete) thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely, and legible documentation that follow specific documentation formats and guidelines required by state practice acts, the practice setting, and other regulatory agencies.

  13. Review (read and understand) the health care literature.

 Listed Topics

  1. Aerobic Exercise
  2. Fracture Healing
  3. Fracture Types and Care
  4. Goniometry
  5. Home Programs
  6. Immobilization
  7. Kin-Com
  8. Manual Muscle Testing
  9. Normal Tissue
  10. Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  11. Osteoarthritis
  12. Prosthetics and Gait Training
  13. Range of Motion
  14. Scoliosis
  15. Soft Tissue Lesions
  16. Strength, Coordination and Endurance
  17. Stretching
  18. Surgeries
  19. Therapeutic Exercise
Reference Materials
Textbooks and resources are evaluated each year by program faculty and the Physical Therapy Advisory Committee. All textbooks for the PTA Program courses and reference materials will be utilized.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 04/27/2009

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