Courses

The program requires a minimum of 75 credit hours. All students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. 

Included within this list is the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum. All students seeking to complete an undergraduate degree at Nebraska Methodist College must complete this set of Arts and Sciences requirements. As an educated citizen, NMC graduates are competent practitioners and respond productively to the complex dynamics of the world, utilizing a diversity of disciplines and perspectives.

First Year - Fall Semester

HUM 150

THE WORLD OF IDEAS: CRITICAL REASONING AND RHETORIC

See Details

There is a strong relationship between thinking clearly and expressing thoughts in formal writing and public speaking.  Using the skills of logic and critical thinking, students will examine ideas, analyze and evaluate the arguments of others, and advocate for their own ideas.  Students will be introduced to the NMC Portfolio process.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    HUM 150 is to be taken in the first semester, unless designated in the second semester by the program of study

PTA 100

INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY

See Details

Students learn about the history of the field of Physical Therapy, and the role of the PTA. Expectations for professional behavior and ethical practice within the field are made explicit.  The role and scope of members of the physical therapy team are examined, and major areas of practice are explored.  Roles of other members of the healthcare team are presented, along with team approaches that exist in healthcare.  Communication and human relations, including individual and cultural differences, are discussed as they relate to the healthcare field.  The course also introduces the topics of confidentiality, quality assurance, licensure, applied medical terminology, documentation, basic research procedures, evidence based practice and current issues affecting the field.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program.

PTA 105

FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY FOR THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT

See Details

The student is introduced to the essentials of functional anatomy as related to the study of muscle origin, insertion, action and innervation.  Basic terminology and concepts of applied kinesiology and physics are covered. Laboratory experiences include visualizing cadaver dissections and obtaining a working knowledge of applied surface anatomy.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program.

PTA 115

BASIC SKILLS IN PATIENT CARE WITH LAB

See Details

The student explores the principles and practices of physical therapy including but not limited to: positioning and draping, body mechanics, transfers, infection control, wheelchair management, ambulation aids and self-care instruction.

  • Credits: 2.0
  • Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program.

SCI 116

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

See Details

This course will introduce students to terminology used in the healthcare professions. The origins of medical terms will be studied with an emphasis placed on understanding the suffixes, prefixes, combining forms and root words used in healthcare terminology. At the end of the course the student will be able to comfortably understand, translate and discuss issues related to their profession using appropriate terminology.

  • Credits: 1.0

SCI 200

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

See Details

his survey course stresses structure and function of the cell; the integumentary, skeletal, muscle and nervous systems; special senses, endocrine, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive systems; as well as necessary aspects of medical terminology, chemistry, histology and embryology. Laboratory experience will include cadaver study.

  • Credits: 5.0

First Year - Spring Semester

PTA 120

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE I WITH LAB

See Details

The student is exposed to foundational principles and practices of physical therapy including but not limited to: posture awareness, manual muscle testing, range of motion measurement and exercise, stretching and strengthening techniques, joint integrity and mobility, soft tissue mobilization, pulmonary physical therapy techniques, PNF patterns and pain measurement.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites:

    PTA 100, PTA 105, PTA 115, SCI 200, SCI 116

PTA 130

THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES WITH LAB

See Details

Students examine the theory, principles and application of physical therapy modalities including but not limited to: therapeutic heat and cold, traction, biofeedback, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy, iontophoresis, and laser. Theory and principles of diathermy, infrared, ultraviolet, and compression therapies are taught.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites:

    PTA 100, PTA 105, PTA 115, SCI 200, SCI 116

COM 101

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

See Details

This course provides instruction and practice in writing, with emphasis on the recursive processes of generating, drafting, revising and editing. Students develop skills in producing and evaluating written communications in private and public contexts.

  • Credits: 3.0

HUM ---

WORLD OF IDEAS

See Details

Students may choose a World of Ideas elective course.

See All Humanities Course Descriptions for specific course information.

  • Credits: 3.0

SCI 206

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY

See Details

This survey course begins with a major focus on cellular function and pathology, including inflammation, infection, immune response, metabolism, and fluid disequilibria. These concepts serve as the foundation for the course as alterations in various bodily functions are examined. Alterations in body fluid and electrolyte homeostasis; fluid acid/base balance; gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory, cardiac, endocrine and neurological functions are emphasized. The student will be introduced to pharmacological principles of commonly used classes of medications. The various drug classifications and general characteristics of drugs within a class are examined. These characteristics include the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, side effects, adverse effects and drug interactions of common drugs within each class.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: SCI 200

First Year - Summer Semester

PTA 190

PTA CLINICAL I: ORIENTATION

See Details

This clinical course entails 12 hours of orientation at the clinical site assigned for Clinical II. Students will become acclimated to clinic policies, procedures, equipment, patients, responsibilities of staff and expectations for student performance.

  • Credits: 0.0
  • Prerequisites: PTA 120, PTA 130

PTA 200

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II

See Details

This course provides clinical observation, application and practice of physical therapy procedures under the direction and supervision of the Clinical Instructor. Students hone skills practiced in the first year of the Program, and take a more active role in patient treatment, education, and communication with members of the healthcare team in the clinic and with their peers through discussion board assignments.  Tools used in the clinical setting for quality assurance are explored in a formal paper.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: PTA 180, SCI 206

COM 230/245

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN HEALTHCARE

See Details

COM 230        SPANISH
COM 245        SIGN LANGUAGE

Access to healthcare is greatly affected by one's command of language.  Students in this course engage in the exploration of language and culture then apply these concepts to the healthcare environment through service-learning and community engagement.  Students develop practical communication skills that enable effective cross-cultural work with health professionals and clients with backgrounds different from their own.

  • Credits: 3.0

SSC 235

THE SOCIOLOGY OF CULTURE

See Details

This course explores the ways in which human beings make and remake the meaning of their social world through the production of culture. It employs sociological methods to explore the construction of the dominant, white subculture in the United States. The same methodologies are employed to examine the construction of subcultures in the United States, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

  • Credits: 3.0

Second Year - Fall Semester

PTA 210

ORTHOPEDIC ISSUES WITH LAB

See Details

This course includes classroom and laboratory instruction on rehabilitation of patients with surgical and non-surgical orthopedic injuries.  General surgical protocols, medical imaging techniques, taping techniques, orthotics, breathing exercises and other techniques for optimum physical performance are covered.  Students apply and modify therapeutic exercise techniques for the orthopedic patient.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all technical & clinical coursework to this point in the curriculum

PTA 215

PEDIATRIC AND NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS WITH LAB

See Details

Students learn about pediatric and neurologic dysfunction and interventions for patients across the lifespan.  Concepts include: fundamentals of nervous system operation, motor development, motor control and motor learning, positioning and handling, components of sensory, motor and functional data collection, and application and progression of mobility training and therapeutic interventions for pediatric and neurologic patients.

  • Credits: 4.0
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all technical & clinical coursework to this point in the curriculum

PTA 220

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE II WITH LAB

See Details

This course covers a variety of topics relevant to the practice of physical therapy.  These topics include: cardiopulmonary responses to exercise, aquatic therapy, ergonomic assessment, industrial rehabilitation, wellness, core strengthening, advanced stretching and strengthening techniques, gait analysis, goal setting, balance training, joint mobilization, and soft tissue injury, repair and remodeling.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all technical & clinical coursework to this point in the curriculum

PTA 228

SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY WITH LAB

See Details

This course covers a variety of topics relevant to the practice of physical therapy.  These topics include: rehabilitation for patients with burns, wounds, amputations and cancer; cardiopulmonary rehabilitation; rehabilitation for geriatric patients; alternative medicine; women's health; and rehabilitation for the athlete.

  • Credits: 3.0
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all technical & clinical coursework to this point in the curriculum

SSC 215

LIFESPAN PSYCHOLOGY

See Details

Determined by major The LifeSpan perspective involves several basic contentions: development is life-long, multidimensional, multi-directional, plastic, historically embedded, multi-disciplinary and contextual. Three imperative developmental issues are explored: maturation and experience, continuity and discontinuity and stability and change. Students study how humans develop and how they become who they are.

  • Credits: 3.0

Second Year - Spring Semester

PTA 230

MEDICAL ETHICS, LAW & HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION**

See Details

This course includes classroom instruction, group discussion and case studies in legal and ethical issues affecting the practice of physical therapy.  In addition, various administrative topics, for example; patient confidentiality, proper documentation for demonstration of skilled services as well as how documentation drives compliance and reimbursement will also be covered. The importance of professionalism, professional communication, both written and verbal, will also be stressed throughout this course.

**This course begins one week earlier than the traditional spring term.

  • Credits: 3.0

PTA 240

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE III

See Details

This course includes clinical observation, application, and practice of physical therapy procedures under the direction and supervision of the Clinical Instructor.  Knowledge from coursework to date is applied in the clinical setting. Students explore evidence-based practice and produce a formal paper on treatment for a patient seen in the clinical setting. 

  • Credits: 5.0
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all technical & clinical coursework to this point in the curriculum.

PTA 260

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE IV

See Details

This course follows PTA 240 and provides continued clinical application and practice of physical therapy procedures in a clinical setting different from PTA 240.  Knowledge from previous arts and sciences and PTA courses is applied under the direction and supervision of the Clinical Instructor. Students apply communication skills learned throughout the program in the presentation of a formal in-service at the clinical site.

  • Credits: 6.0
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all technical & clinical coursework to this point in the curriculum.

PTA 280

PTA SEMINAR

See Details

This course covers topics used to help the entry-level PTA pass the national exam, gain employment, increase knowledge of licensing requirements and develop within the field of Physical Therapy.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all technical & clinical coursework to this point in the curriculum.

COM 290

PORTFOLIO SYNTHESIS

See Details

This course is designed to prepare associate degree students for the required portfolio presentation they deliver in their final semester. Students will apply the reflective process to the goals of the Educated Citizen Core Curriculum in online assignments and in an in-person presentation. A complete portfolio, successful completion of the course, and successful presentation are required as the culminating assignment before graduation.

  • Credits: 0.0