This intense five week seminar examines the expectations for an entry level physical therapist assistant and focuses on preparation for clinical rotations and entry into the profession. Previously learned and new material relating to safety, plan of care, communication, professional behavior, and knowledge are tied to the role of the PTA.
This course will provide an opportunity for students to further their study of principles and concepts in the field and to apply their knowledge in a variety of application both in the traditional classroom setting and in work/job related experiences. The class will be an individualized, arranged course, with learning outcomes determined by the instructor in consultation with the student and permission of the School Dean. Students can earn up to 12 total credit hours for courses with the 2299 Special Topics designation.
This final five week, 200 hour clinical assignment continues with the correlation of the classroom/laboratory experiences to patient care. The progression of the student’s skills to “entry level” will be monitored closely. Each student is assigned to a clinical center to perform physical therapy modalities and procedures on a variety of patients.
This five week, 200 hour clinical assignment allows the student to apply all previously learned theory and skills to patient care in a clinical setting. Each student is assigned to a clinical center to perform physical therapy modalities and procedures on a variety of patients.
This rotation consists of one hundred twelve hours over a three week period that will allow the student to begin the process of working within the physical therapy Plan of Care. The emphasis will be to implement, develop, and progress a therapeutic exercise program for the patient to address the impairments of decreased range of motion, decreased strength, decreased endurance, or motor control deficit.
The dysfunctions caused by and intervention strategies for peripheral and nervous system disorders will be examined. Upon completion the student will be able to combine previously and newly learned procedures and strategies to carry out a neurologic care plan in a laboratory setting.
The dysfunctions caused by and intervention strategies for musculoskeletal disorders, amputations, wounds, and burns will be examined. Upon completion, the student will be able to combine previously and newly learned procedures and strategies to carry out an orthopedic care plan in a laboratory setting.
The principles and techniques of therapeutic exercise will be introduced. Topics also include gait analysis, posture assessment, and chest physical therapy. Upon completion the student will plan, implement, and assess the response to an exercise plan in a laboratory setting.
Studies in special selected topics, to be determined by the instructor and approved by the School Dean. Credits earned will be applicable as free electives in associate and certificate of applied science degree programs. Students can earn up to 12 total credit hours for courses with the 1199 Special Topics designation.