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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 students with an understanding of diagnoses and the physical therapy treatment methods used with people experiencing orthopedic conditions that directly affect range of motion, strength, endurance and coordination. Emphasis is placed on treatment concepts of orthopedic rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise. Topics presented in lecture and laboratory that meet the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) include kinesiology and biomechanics, ethics, values, and responsibilities, patient/client management, plan of care, interventions and tests and measures.  Upon successful completion of this course the student will demonstrate competence through written examinations, demonstrate competence through practical laboratory examinations and will be eligible to progress in the Physical Therapist Assistant program.  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. Demonstrate competence through examination in content and learning experiences about body systems, kinesiology and related medical and surgical conditions across the lifespan commonly seen by physical therapist assistants.  (7B)
  2. Perform duties in a manner consistent with the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant (APTA) and Standards of Ethical Conduct (APTA) to meet the expectations of patients, members of the physical therapy profession, and other providers as necessary.  (7D4 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  3. Perform duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant. (7D 5– Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  4. Identify, respect, and act with consideration for patients’/clients’ differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all work-related activities. (7D8 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  5. Apply current knowledge, theory, and clinical judgment while considering the patient/client perspective and the environment, based on the plan of care established by the physical therapist. (7D9 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  6. Identify appropriate evidence-based resources to support clinical decision making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the physical therapist. (7D11 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  7. Participate in professional and community organizations that provide opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy and leadership. (7D13 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  8. Interview patients/clients, caregivers, and family to obtain current information related to prior and current level of function and general health status (e.g., fatigue, fever, malaise, unexplained weight change). (7D15 – Patient/Client Management)
  9. Use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to describe a patient’s/client’s impairments, activity and participation limitations. (7D16 – Patient/Client Management)
  10. Communicate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long-term goals and intended outcomes. (7D17 – Plan of Care)
  11. Review health records (e.g., lab values, diagnostic tests, specialty reports, narrative, consults, and physical therapy documentation) prior to carrying out the PT plan of care. (7D18 – Plan of Care)
  12. Monitor and adjust interventions in the plan of care in response to patient/client status and clinical indications. (7D19 – Plan of Care)
  13. Report any changes in patient/client status or progress to the supervising physical therapist. (7D20 – Plan of Care)
  14. Determine when an intervention should not be performed due to clinical indications or when the direction to perform the intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the physical therapist assistant. (7D21 – Plan of Care)
  15. Contribute to the discontinuation of episode of care planning and follow-up processes as directed by the supervising physical therapist. (7D22 – Plan of Care)
  16. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist. Interventions include Application of Devices and Equipment, Motor Function Training, Patient/Client Education and therapeutic exercise. (7D23 a, b, f, g, h – Intervention)
  17. Demonstrate competence in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures (before, during and after interventions) for the following areas:  Aerobic Capacity and Endurance,  Mental Functions, Assistive Technology, Gait, Locomotion, and Balance, Integumentary Integrity, Joint Integrity and Mobility, Muscle Performance, Range of Motion and Self-Care and Civic, Community, Domestic, Education, Social and Work Life. (7D24 a, c, d, e, g, h, l, m – Tests and Measures).
  18. Complete accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, the practice setting, and other regulatory agencies. (7D25 – Tests and Measures)
Listed Topics
  1. Data collection
  2. Evidence-based resources
  3. Gait training
  4. Goniometry
  5. Manual muscle testing
  6. Musculoskeletal system conditions
  7. Patient/client differences
  8. Physical therapist plan of care
  9. Prosthetics
  10. The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
  11. Therapeutic exercise
Reference Materials
Textbooks and resources are evaluated periodically by program faculty and the Physical Therapy Advisory Committee. All textbooks for the PTA Program courses and reference materials are utilized.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/1/2022
Last Reviewed: 4/1/2022

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