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PTA 201 - Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures 3

Credits: 5
3 Lecture Hours 4 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: PTA 102  ,PTA 103 , PTA 112C , BIO 162  
Co-requisites: PTA 202 , PTA 211C  

An advanced study of physical therapy modality procedures for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), biofeedback, individual muscle and low volt electrical stimulation. Included is an in-depth study of the physical therapy management of spinal cord injuries, head trauma, hemiplegia, neuromuscular disease, and geriatric and pediatric patients. The role of physical therapy in the health-care arena is emphasized. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  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
  • Physical Agents and Mechanical Agents
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Arousal, Mentation and Cognition
  • Assistive, Adaptive, Orthotic, Protective, Supportive and Prosthetic Devices
  • Gait, Locomotion, and Balance
  • Integumentary Integrity
  • Muscle Performance
  • Neuromotor Development
  • Pain
  • Posture

  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 follows 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. Aphasia
  2. Cerebral Vascular Accident
  3. Chemical Neuroanatomy
  4. Control of Movement
  5. Electrical Stimulation
  6. Geriatric Patients
  7. Head Trauma
  8. Hemiplegia
  9. Language
  10. Neuroanatomy
  11. Neuromuscular Disease
  12. Normal Growth and Development
  13. Pediatric Patients
  14. Peripheral Nervous System
  15. Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation
  16. Reflex Integration
  17. Rehabilitation Techniques
  18. Sensation/Reflex Testing
  19. Spinal Cord Injuries
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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