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PTA 202 - Physical Therapy Seminar

Credits: 2
2 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: PTA 102 , PTA 103 , PTA 112C  
Co-requisites: PTA 201 , PTA 211C  

This course provides students with an understanding of topics relevant to the practice of physical therapy. Topics include ethics, licensure, malpractice, practice and continuing education.  Emphasis is placed on the organization of health care institutions and community health care agencies.  Topics presented in lecture that meet the requirements of the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) include ethics, values and responsibilities, tests and measures, and practice management. Upon successful completion of this course the student will demonstrate competence through written examinations, demonstrate synthesis of skills developed in the classroom and clinic through artifact creation 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. Recognize legal practice standards, including all federal, state, and institutional regulations related to patient/client care and fiscal management. (7D1 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  2. Report to appropriate authorities suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable populations. (7D2 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  3. Report to appropriate authorities suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for physical therapy and other health care services. (7D3 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  4. 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)
  5. Perform duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant. (7D5 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  6. Implement, in response to an ethical situation, a plan of action that demonstrates sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values. (7D6 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  7. Demonstrate effective communication with all stakeholders, including patients/clients, family members, caregivers, practitioners, interprofessional team members, consumers, payers, and policymakers. (7D7 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  8. Respond (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)
  9. 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)
  10. Identify basic concepts in professional literature including, but not limited to, validity, reliability and level of statistical significance. (7D10 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  11. Identify and integrate 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)
  12. Participate in professional and community organizations that provide opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy and leadership. (7D13 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  13. Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities, including the role of the physical therapist assistant in the clinical education of physical therapist assistant students (7D14 – Ethics, Values and Responsibilities)
  14. 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)
  15. Describe aspects of organizational planning and operation of the physical therapy service. (7D30 – Practice Management)
  16. Describe accurate and timely information for billing and payment purposes. (7D31 – Practice Management)
Listed Topics
  1. Career preparation and planning
  2. Clinical reasoning skills
  3. Continuing education
  4. Culture competence
  5. Documentation
  6. Effective communication
  7. Jurisprudence
  8. Legislative advocacy
  9. Malpractice insurance
  10. Professional ethics
  11. Clinical thinking skills
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
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/1/2022
Last Reviewed: 4/1/2022

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