Course Index

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PTA 100 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY

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 health care team are presented, along with team approaches that exist in health care.  Communication and human relations, including individual and cultural differences, are discussed as they relate to the health care 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

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

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.

PTA 120 THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE I WITH LAB

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

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

PTA 190 PTA CLINICAL I: ORIENTATION

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 177 PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT BRIDGE COURSE

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who have left the NMC Physical Therapist Assistant Program for one semester or longer. Emphasis is placed on assessment of theoretical knowledge, laboratory and clinical skills necessary for the student to continue to progress in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Students may be assigned to a clinical, didactic or laboratory experience. The plan of study will be developed by the Program Director upon completion of a student assessment (this may include, but is not limited to, curriculum review, skills assessment, completion of an Academic Development Plan, etc.). Credit hours will be determined by the amount of work that is necessary for the student to ensure competency at the appropriate level to progress in the program.

  • Credits: 1.0-6.0

PTA 200 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II

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

PTA 210 ORTHOPEDIC ISSUES WITH LAB

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

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