Course Index

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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

PTA 220 THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE II WITH LAB

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

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

PTA 230 MEDICAL ETHICS, LAW & HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION**

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