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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTAP)

Enrollment in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTAP) courses is limited to those students who have been selected and admitted to the program. Program courses are sequenced by semester and must be taken as a group each semester per program requirements and policies.

200: Functional Anatomy. (2-1-2)
Study of human musculoskeletal anatomy with emphasis on major bones, bony landmarks, joint anatomy, and origin/insertion/action/innervation of selected muscles. Lab activities include palpation of selected bony and soft tissue landmarks and basic analyses of human movement.

201: Introduction to Physical Therapy. (1-1-0)
Introduction to the physical therapy profession for the PTA student. Topics include history and trends, licensure, standards of practice, orientation to professional organizations, professional literature review, and development of documentation skills.

202: Clinical Kinesiology. (4-2-6)
Application of physics principles, musculoskeletal anatomy, and muscle physiology to the biomechanics of human motion (on a regional basis). Laboratory component includes instruction in joint ROM measurement (goniometry), and muscle strength assessment (manual muscle testing) and selected PT interventions (exercise).

203: Orthopedic Conditions. (3-2-3)
Pathophysiology, etiology, clinical signs and symptoms, medical management and physical therapy management of selected orthopedic and soft-tissue-related injuries or pathologies commonly treated in physical therapy. Laboratory activities using integrated patient case studies.

204: Physical Therapy Procedures. (3-2-3)
Lecture and laboratory activities to facilitate student skill development and competency with the application of physical therapy procedures related to patient care. Patient case studies are used to promote student-centered problem solving.

205: Therapeutic Modalities. (3-2-3)
Lecture and laboratory activities on the principles of physics applied in physical therapy. Discussion includes indications, contraindications, clinical decision making and application of physical agents for the physical therapist assistant student.

206: Clinical Practice I. (3 hrs. credit)
Introduction to and review of the PTA MACS. Students will be assigned to a clinical affiliation site during the semester for 150 clinical practice hours under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.

212: Clinical Neuroanatomy. (2-2-0)
Correlates the structure and function of the CNS, ANS, and PNS with the functional aspects of human motion and normal posture. Introduction to neurological pathways and their influences on sensation, reflexes, muscle tone, coordination, and balance.

213: Neurological Conditions. (3-2-3)
Exploration of the impact of selected neurological conditions on normal life span, motor development and motor control with emphasis on pathophysiology and physical therapy management of these conditions.

214: Therapeutic Exercise. (3-2-3)
Principles and techniques of therapeutic exercise in the management of patients with selected neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic and chronic disease problems. Emphasis on the application of selected exercise interventions and patient/family education to improve functional outcomes.

215: Special Areas of Practice. (2-1-3)
Exploration of special practice areas in physical therapy through guest lectures, field trips and small group research/presentations. Course may include but is not limited to such topics as pediatrics, amputees, geriatrics, burn care, functional assessment, cultural competency, posture/gait assessment, Medicare/Medicaid considerations, and selected orthotic/prosthetic devices.

216: Clinical Practice II. (4 hrs. credit)
Students will be assigned to a clinical affiliation site for 200 clinical practice hours under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.

217: Comprehensive Interventions for the Physical Therapist Assistant. (1-0-3)
Laboratory-based course that utilizes case studies, presentations, and group activities to strengthen student competency in integrating information from all courses within the program curriculum with emphasis on use of The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Also designed to prepare students for clinical practice and licensure examination success.

226: Clinical Practice III. (7 hrs. credit)
Full-time assignment to two different affiliation sites during the semester for a total of 350 clinical practice hours. Students will be assigned to clinical affiliation sites for 40 hours per week under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.

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