Course Index

Questions about courses, descriptions or credit hours should be directed to the Registrar's Office.

PHB 001 PHLEBOTOMY

This course consists of 60 hours of classroom instruction at NMC and five (8-hour) days for three weeks (120 hours) of clinical experience in a full-service clinical laboratory. The clinical practicum schedule is determined by the clinical site supervisor. A Medical Terminology course is recommended, but not required. Upon successful completion of the phlebotomy program, students are eligible to take the national certification examination to become certified phlebotomy technicians [PBT(ASCP)] through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

  • Credits: 1.800000000000000e+002

PTA 280 PTA SEMINAR

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.

PTA 277 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 260 PTA CLINICAL IV

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 240 PTA CLINICAL III

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 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

PTA 228 SPECIAL TOPICS 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 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 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 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