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Physical Therapist Assistant

PTAC112  Physical Therapy Procedures I - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course involves both lecture and laboratory teaching in the area of physical agents used in Physical Therapy. These agents include heat, cold, light, sound waves, electricity and traction. Documentation and preparation of self, the patient, equipment and space will also be emphasized.  (Prerequisite: Matriculation into PTA program or Permission of Instructor.)

PTAC115  Therapeutic Exercise - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
Students will focus on therapeutic exercise rationale, indications, and contraindications. Specific equipment, techniques and procedures of therapeutic exercise will be introduced. Students will have opportunity in lab sessions to practice these exercise techniques. (Co/Prerequisite: AHLC123)

PTAC122  Physical Therapy Procedures II - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course continues the series aimed at providing the Physical Therapist Assistant student with basic skills in procedures commonly used in Physical Therapy. This course integrates both lecture and laboratory learning in the areas of data collection (goniometry, manual muscle testing, length, girth, volume and body composition) therapeutic massage, gait training and treatment following reconstructive surgery of the extremities.This course will also cover theory and basic techniques for peripheral joint mobilization, and an introduction to patient education and community service. There will continue an emphasis on professionalism in behavior, appearance and rapport. (Prerequisites: PTAC112, AHLC123)

PTAC190  Clinical Education Experience I - 5 Credits
Clinical education provides students with the opportunity to perform their responsibilities under appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant supervision and with positive role modeling. The experience provides exposure to a variety of patients and learning activities. The clinical education is an organized sequence of learning activities integrated within the curriculum. It includes full time assignments, and follows the completion of relevant didactic instruction. Clinical education is provided in a variety of practice and health care settings and ensures participation in direct patient care. (Co/Prerequisite: All PTAC and AHLC courses from first year schedule) (224 hrs in 6 wks – usually 40 hr/wk x 6 wks minus 2 days for seminar course)

PTAC192 Clinical Education Experience I Seminar - 1 Class Hour/1 Credit
This seminar course provides students with an opportunity for reflective learning that focuses on their current clinical education experience. Students will return to campus for two days during their clinical assignments. (Prerequisite: PTAC190) (2 full days– 16 hrs total)

PTAC201  Introduction to Personal Training and Fitness - 2 Class Hours/1 Credit
This course is designed to introduce the student to the fitness industry and the profession of personal training. Topics of discussion will include current trends and the personal trainer’s role, employment opportunities and personal trainer certification options. The foundational knowledge and skills needed for an entry level personal training certificate will also be covered which includes health screening, physical fitness and body composition assessments and fitness program design. Course competencies will be based on current research and industry standards. (Prerequisite: PTA Program matriculation, A&P I, Kinesiology, Therapeutic Exercise, or permission from instructor.)

PTAC202 Special Topics in Physical Therapy - 2 Class Hours/1 Credit
This elective course focuses on common Physical Therapy interventions not otherwise covered in the required program of study.  The list of interventions may vary based on the feedback from faculty, students, the advisory team and clinical instructors.  (Prerequisite: PTAC190, or permission from instructor.)

PTAC211  Physical Therapy Procedures III - 2 Class Hours/3 Lab Hours/3 Credits
This course completes the series aimed at providing the Physical Therapist Assistant student with basic skills in procedures commonly used in Physical Therapy. This course integrates both lecture and laboratory learning, and off site clinical practice in the areas of advanced therapeutic interventions: facilitation techniques and motor control, orthotics, prosthetics, cardiac rehabilitation, chest physical therapy, wound care, psychological issues and management of patients using teaching strategies and cultural sensitivity. (Co/Prerequisite: PTAC122)

PTAC220 Clinical Education Seminar - 8 Class Hours/2 Credits
This course provides an opportunity for the students to share new information learned while on clinical assignment. It is also an opportunity to wrap up loose ends regarding licensure, preparation for the licensing exam, the State Practice Act, legal/ethical issues, and topics current to the profession. It provides opportunity for students to further the transition to professional attitudes, behaviors and awareness. (Co/Prerequisites: PTAC290, PTAC291) (1 full day a week for the last 4 weeks of spring semester)

PTAC290  Clinical Education Experience II - 5 Credits
Clinical education provides students with the opportunity to perform their responsibilities under appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant supervision and with positive role modeling. The experience provides exposure to a variety of patients and learning activities. The clinical education is an organized sequence of learning activities integrated within the curriculum. It includes full time assignments, and follows the completion of relevant didactic instruction. (Prerequisite: All PTAC and AHLC courses except PTAC291 & PTAC220) (240 hrs over 6 wks, usually 8 hrs day x 6 wks)

PTAC291  Clinical Education Experience III - 5 Credits
Clinical education provides students with the opportunity to perform their responsibilities under appropriate physical therapist or physical therapist assistant supervision and with positive role modeling. The experience provides exposure to a variety of patients and learning activities. The clinical education is an organized sequence of learning activities integrated within the curriculum. It includes full time assignments, and follows the completion of relevant didactic instruction. (Prerequisite: PTAC290) (240 hrs over 6 wks, usually 8 hrs day x 6 wks)