PTA 102 - Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures 1
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours
Prerequisites: PTA 101
Co-requisites: PTA 103 and PTA 112C
Utilizing various teaching methods, including lab and lecture, this course provides an in-depth study of modalities and special techniques pertaining to the role of a physical therapist assistant. Specifically, the modalities portion of this course includes an extensive study of theory,setup, appropriate application, clean-up, indications, contradictions, precautions and safety procedures for modalities utilized by physical therapist assistants. These include moist heat, cryotherapy, ultrasound, whirlpool, paraffin baths, intermittent venous compression, cervical/pelvic traction, infrared, ultraviolet, electric stimulation and fluidotherapy. Special techniques that are taught include burn management, wound care, pulmonary hygiene, bandaging, postural assessment, therapeutic and transverse friction massage. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
- Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of society receiving health care services.
- Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members in the physical therapy profession.
- Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
- Express (communicate) an understanding of the plan of care developed by the physical therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes.
- Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist. Interventions include therapeutic massage, thermal agents, compression therapies, cryotherapy, electrotherapeutic agents, hydrotherapy, superficial and deep thermal agents, traction, breathing exercises and coughing techniques, application and removal of dressing or agents, and identification of precautions for dressing removal.
- Demonstrate competency in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care established by the physical therapist.
- identification (observing) and monitoring of thoracoabdominal movements and breathing patterns with activity
- measuring height, weight, length, and girth
- recognizing normal or abnormal integumentary changes
- recognizing activities, positioning and postures that aggravate or relieve pain or altered sensations, or that can produce associated skin trauma
- recognizing viable vs. nonviable tissue
- identifying (observing) the presence or absence of muscle mass
- recognizing normal and abnormal muscle length
- administration of standardized questionnaires, graphs, behavioral scales, or visual analog scales for pain
- recognizing activities, positioning, and postures that aggravate or relieve pain or altered sensations
- describing resting posture in any position
- recognizing alignment of trunk and extremities at rest and during activities
- administration of standardized questionnaires to patients and others.
7. 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.
8. Recognize when intervention should not be provided due to changes in the patient's status and report this to the supervising physical therapist.
9. Participate in educating patients and caregivers as directed by the supervising physical therapist.
10. Demonstrate an awareness of social responsibility, citizenship and advocacy, including participation in community service organizations and activities.
- Amputee Stump Wrapping
- Burn Management
- Cervical Traction
- Electrical Stimulation
- Intermittent Venous Compression
- Moist Heat
- Paraffin Bath
- Pelvic Traction
- Postural Assessment
- Pulmonary Hygiene
- Therapeutic Massage
- Transverse Friction Massage
- Wound Care
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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