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PTA 101 - Introduction to Physical Therapy

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Prerequisites: Application and acceptance into PTA program and BIO 151  or BIO 161  or BIO 162  
Co-requisites: BIO 160  and BIO 161  

This is an introductory course on physical therapy and the roles of the physical therapist andphysical therapist assistant in the modern health care team. Topics include history, philosophy, theories of practice, definition of the profession, professional ethics, medical records, terminology, common disability groups treated, psychosocial aspects of physical disability, patient rights, and approaches to interacting with patients and their families. The laboratory portion of this course will include bandaging, wheelchair design and mobility, ambulation aides, assistive devices, basic patient transfers utilizing proper body mechanics, patient positioning, vital signs and architectural barriers encountered by handicapped persons. 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 individual and cultural differences and respond appropriately in all aspects of physical therapy services.
  2. Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members of society receiving health care services.
  3. Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects a commitment to meet the expectations of members in the physical therapy profession.
  4. Demonstrate (exhibit) conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, ethical and safe.
  5. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist. Interventions include activities of daily living, assistive/adaptive devices, body mechanics, gait and locomotion training, wheelchair management, isolation techniques, sterile technique, and range of motion.
  6. Demonstrate competency in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care established by the physical therapist.

Interventions include:

  • measuring standard vital signs
  • recognizing and monitoring responses to positional changes and activities
  • recognizing the safety factors while using the device
  • describing the safety, status, and progression of patients while engaged in gait, locomotion, balance    wheelchair management and mobility
  • inspecting the physical environment and measuring physical space
  • recognizing safety and barriers in home, community, and work environments
  • recognizing level of functional status
  • recognizing cyanosis
  • recognizing activities that aggravate or relieve edema, pain, dyspnea, or other symptoms
  • describing chest wall expansion and excursion
  • describing cough and sputum characteristics.

   7. Demonstrate an awareness of social responsibility, citizenship, and advocacy, including participation in community service organizations and activities.

 Listed Topics

  1. Ambulation Aides
  2. Architectural Barriers
  3. Assistive Devices
  4. Bandaging
  5. Body Mechanics
  6. History of Physical Therapy
  7. Kinesiology
  8. Medical Vocabulary
  9. Patient Diversity
  10. Patient Draping & Positioning
  11. Range of Motion
  12. Self Help Devices
  13. Vital Signs
  14. Wheelchair Mobility
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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