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PTA 112C - Introduction to Physical Therapy

Credits: 1
42 Clinical Hours

Prerequisites: PTA 101 , BIO 161  
Co-requisites: PTA 102 , PTA 103  

This course provides the student with an introductory experience to physical therapy clinical education. The lecture portion of this course introduces the student to the roles and functions in physical therapy and responsibilities and relationships of physical therapy personnel. The clinical portion of this course provides the student with an opportunity to participate in physical therapist-directed activities commensurate with education level and experience. The faculty makes clinical education assignments, and students are responsible for their own transportation, parking and meals. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
The clinical education component of the comprehensive curriculum includes organized and sequential experiences coordinated with the didactic component of the curriculum. (Clinical education includes integrated experiences and full-time terminal experiences.) ( Clinical experiences selected by the program will provide students with appropriate role modeling and an opportunity to interact with individuals with impairments common to the clinical setting. (

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Communicate verbally and non-verbally with the patient, the physical therapist, healthcare delivery personnel and others in an effective, appropriate and capable manner. (
  2. Recognize individual and cultural differences and respond appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services. (
  3. Exhibit conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of society receiving health care services. (
  4. Exhibit conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of the profession of physical therapy. (
  5. Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe. (
  6. Communicate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes. (
  7. Take appropriate action in an emergency situation. (
  8. Complete thorough, accurate, logical, concise, timely and legible documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, the practice setting and other regulatory agencies. (
  9. Participate in discharge planning and follow up as directed by the supervising physical therapist. (
  10. Read and understand the health care literature. (
  11. Educate others about the role of the physical therapist assistant. (
  12. Interact with other members of the health care team in patient-care and non-patient care activities. (
  13. Provide accurate and timely information for billing and reimbursement purposes. (
  14. Describe aspects of organizational planning and operation of the physical therapy service (
  15. Participate in performance improvement activities (Quality assurance). (
  16. Demonstrate a commitment to meeting the needs of the patients and consumers. (
  17. Recognize the role of the physical therapist assistant in the clinical education of physical therapist assistant students. (
Listed Topics
  1. Patient chart review
  2. Patient note writing
  3. Demonstration of appropriate student generic abilities
  4. Patient and healthcare personnel interaction
  5. Implementation of physical therapy treatment plan as appropriate in each setting and commensurate with student’s didactic training
  6. Participate in clinic specific opportunities and activities
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 references materials will be utilized.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015

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