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PTA 212C - Physical Therapy Clinical Education 2

Credits: 5
300 Clinical Hours

Prerequisites: PTA 201   PTA 202  and PTA 203  
Co-requisites: PTA 215  

This clinical course is a full-time clinical education experience, eight weeks in length and supervised by a licensed Physical Therapist (PT). Physical Therapy Clinical Education 2 provides the student with an in-depth experience in and responsibility for delivery of physical therapist-directed activities to a diverse client population.  Students may be required to provide an educational in-service or project at their clinical setting. 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.  A passing grade (P) is based on performance on the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Performance Instrument – Physical Therapist Assistant (CPI-PTA) and completion of course requirements. 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. Adhere to legal practice standards, including all federal, state, and institutional regulations related to patient/client care and fiscal management. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D1)
  2. Report to appropriate authorities suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable populations. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D2)
  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. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D3)
  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. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D4)
  5. Perform duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D5)
  6. Implement, in response to an ethical situation, a plan of action that demonstrates sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D6)
  7. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including patients/clients, family members, caregivers, practitioners, interprofessional team members, consumers, payers, and policymakers. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D7)
  8. Identify, respect, and act with consideration for patients’/clients’ differences, values, preferences, and expressed needs in all work-related activities. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D8)
  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. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D9)
  10. Effectively educate others using teaching methods that are commensurate with the needs of the patient, caregiver or healthcare personnel. (Ethics, Values and Responsibilities 7D12)
  11. 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). (Patient/ Client Management 7D15)
  12. Use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to describe a patient’s/client’s impairments, activity and participation limitations. (Patient/ Client Management 7D16)
  13. Communicate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes. (Plan of Care 7D17)
  14. 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. (Plan of Care 7D18)
  15. Monitor and adjust interventions in the plan of care in response to patient/client status and clinical indications. (Plan of Care 7D19)
  16. Report any changes in patient/client status or progress to the supervising physical therapist. (Plan of Care 7D20)
  17. 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. (Plan of Care 7D21)
  18. Contribute to the discontinuation of episode of care planning and follow-up processes as directed by the supervising physical therapist. (Plan of Care 7D22)
  19. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist. Interventions include: Airway Clearance Techniques, Application of Devices and Equipment, Biophysical Agents, Functional Training in Self-Care and in Domestic, Education, Work, Community, Social, and Civic Life, Manual Therapy Techniques, Motor Function Training, Patient/Client Education, Therapeutic Exercise, Wound Management. (Intervention 7D23 a-i)
  20. 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, Anthropometrical Characteristics, Mental Functions, Assistive Technology, Gait, Locomotion, and Balance, Integumentary Integrity, Joint Integrity and Mobility, Muscle Performance, Neuromotor Development, Pain, Posture, Range of Motion, Self-Care and Civic, Community, Domestic, Education, Social and Work Life, Ventilation, Respiration and Circulation. (Tests and Measures 7D24 a-n)
  21. Complete accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice acts, the practice setting, and other regulatory agencies. (Tests and Measures 7D25)
  22. Respond effectively to patient/client and environmental emergencies that commonly occur in the clinical setting. (Tests and Measures 7D26)
  23. Contribute to efforts to increase patient and healthcare provider safety (Participation in Health Care Environment 7D27)
  24. Participate in the provision of patient-centered interprofessional collaborative care. (Participation in Health Care Environment 7D28)
  25. Participate in performance improvement activities (quality assurance). (Participation in Health Care Environment 7D29)
  26. Describe aspects of organizational planning and operation of the physical therapy service. (Practice Management 7D30)
  27. Describe accurate and timely information for billing and payment purposes. (Practice Management 7D31)
Listed Topics
  1. Documentation as appropriate in each setting and commensurate with student’s didactic training
  2. Educational in-service or project
  3. Healthcare personnel interactions
  4. Implementation of physical therapy treatment plan (plan of care) as appropriate in each setting and commensurate with student’s didactic training
  5. Implementation of physical therapy treatment plan (plan of care) under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist as part of the PT/PTA team as appropriate in each setting and commensurate with student’s didactic training
  6. Participate in clinic specific opportunities and activities
  7. Patient chart review
  8. Patient interactions
  9. Student created clinical education goals
  10. Student generic abilities and behaviors
Reference Materials
Textbooks and resources, including The PTA Program Manual, PTA Program Clinical Policies & Guideline, 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:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 5/8/2023
Last Reviewed: 5/8/2023

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