Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
76 Hours

Physical Therapist Assistant Major

61 Hours
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HSC 1010
Introduction to Health Professions
2

Provides students with a foundation for college success, as well as the exploration of various health professions and tools for career planning. Emphasizes concepts of professionalism, health care ethics and confidentiality as well as an introduction to electronic health records (EHR) and relevant medical terminology.

HSC 1210
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
3

Focuses on the essential study of the body and associated terminology with a view toward the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1211

HSC 1211
Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
1

Accompanies the lecture course and if required, is to be taken concurrently. Students will perform minimal dissections and explorations of main anatomical structures using models and virtual explorations to reinforce the material presented in the lecture. This course focuses on the structure and function of the body parts, organs, and systems and their relation to the body as a whole. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1210

HSC 1220
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
3

Focuses on the physiology of the body system on a cellular level and their relationship to the whole body. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210, HSC 1211

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1221

HSC 1221
Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
1

Accompanies the lecture course and if required, is to be taken concurrently. Students will perform dissections to reinforce the material presented in the lecture. This course focuses on the physiology of the body systems on a cellular level and their relationship to the body as a whole. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab if required.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 1220

HSC 2710
Clinical Kinesiology
4

Covers the application of basic physics principles and advanced human anatomy as it pertains to the study of human movement. Emphasizes biomechanics, arthrokinematics, palpation, functional anatomy, and therapeutic principles. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab required.

Prerequisite(s):
HSC 1210, HSC 1211

Corequisite(s):
HSC 1220, HSC 1221

Concurrent requisite(s):
HSC 2710L

PTA 1110
Introduction to PTA
1

Introduces the physical therapist assistant student to the foundations and principles of the profession and the American Physical Therapy Association. Basic theory and practice of physical therapy are emphasized, with a detailed analysis of the boundaries between the physical therapist and the assistant. Ethical standards in practice and legislation governing the utilization of the PTA will also be covered in detail. Scientific research design, psychological reactions to disability, and other issues relating to the profession and patient care are also discussed. 15 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a B- or better.

PTA 2010
Acute and Long Term Care
2

Provides an in-depth study to analyze the unique physical therapy challenges of the geriatric and acute care patient populations. Topics covered in detail include infection control, burn and open wound management, pharmacological effects on mobility, multiple trauma, circulatory assistive devices, postsurgical management, and orthopedic and neurological conditions common to the acute care environment. 30 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2050
Clinical Documentation for the PTA
1

Explores the utilization of problem-oriented medical records in the rehabilitation setting. Introduces medical documentation for rehabilitation professionals. Examines EHR systems and their role in health care. Includes electronic medical records, SOAP note writing, and chart reviews. 15 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2110A
Functional Mobility
3

Examines the levels of independence along the mobility spectrum addressing safety, positioning, and guarding techniques for each level. Bed mobility, wheelchair utilization, assistive device training, and transfers, using proper body mechanics are learned. Normal gait patterns are studied and deviations are reviewed. The primary objective of this course is to familiarize students with methods to optimize patient mobility. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

PTA 2150
Neurological Foundations of Motor Control
2

Focuses on the neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems as it relates to normal motor control and sensory integration. The neurological foundations of therapeutic exercise principles are introduced. Explores the clinical manifestations of lesions to the central nervous system. 30 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2210
Functional Movement Development
2

Focuses on pediatric motor development and infant reflexes as they relate to therapeutic interventions. Human development is covered from birth to death in all domains. Emphasis is placed on gross motor and neuromuscular developmental milestones and physical changes across lifespan. 30 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2250
Clinical Pathology
2

Focuses on an advanced investigation of specific orthopedic, neurological, rheumatological, and medical conditions. Emphasis on therapeutic management of common conditions encountered in a therapy setting. 30 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2310
Patient Assessment
3

Accompanies the course with the same number. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
PTA 2410

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2350
Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
2

Accompanies the course with the same number. 30 hours of lecture and 15 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2410
Therapeutic Exercise
3

Covers biomechanical principles as applied to the human body. Exercise physiology in rehabilitation, tissue regeneration, and basic isotonic, isometric, and isokinetic exercise are learned. Students will also be instructed in methodology of basic fitness testing and basic terminology and techniques of extremity manual therapy. Joint assessment and a problem-solving approach to therapeutic exercise prescription are utilized. Joints of the extremities and the truck are systematically reviewed by analyzing pathological conditions and orthopedic management. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Concurrent requisite(s):
PTA 2310

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2450
Orthopedic Interventions
2

Focus on advanced therapeutic exercise and manual interventions for orthopedic conditions. Reviews basic terminology and techniques of extremity manual therapy. Joint assessment and a problem-solving approach to therapeutic exercise prescription are utilized. Emphasizes muscle stretching, joint mobilizations and other manual therapy techniques. Management of common spinal conditions including assessment, treatment interventions, specialty approaches and manual therapy techniques. Mechanical spinal traction and advanced exercise selection and progression for spinal care will be covered. 15 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2510
Professional Preparation
1

Focuses on professionalism, the role of the interdisciplinary health-care team, effective communication skills, and patient interviewing techniques. Also described in detail are the critical nature of self-assessment, recognition of stressors, and utilization of appropriate coping mechanisms. Presents an overview of the organizational structure in a physical therapy department and orientation to management/supervisory styles. Also described in detail are operational issues impacting the PTA in today's healthcare arena, including documentation guidelines, billing and insurance issues, and total quality improvement. This course will also orient students to the clinical experience process. 15 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2550
Neurological Management
3

Accompanies the course with the same number. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2610
Pediatric Management
2

Accompanies the course with the same number. 15 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2650
Orthotics and Prosthetics for the PTA
1

Focuses on basic orthotics and prosthetics principles including components, upper and lower extremity devices, common gait deviations and interventions, assessment and management of the amputee. 15 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2710
Clinical Education I
2

Provides a two-week full-time, unpaid, practical, work experience at a clinical setting, performing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Clinical experience time is integrated with ongoing academic coursework to facilitate the transition from classroom to clinic. Clinical competencies, as expected of a developing clinician, will be assessed by the student's clinical instructor. Students are expected to complete assignments as outlined in syllabus. 10 hours of direct instruction/student work and 80 clinical contact hours are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2720
Clinical Education II
6

Provides an eight-week full-time, unpaid, practical; learning experience at a clinical setting, performing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. In-services may be required by the clinical site. Clinical competencies will be assessed by the student's clinical instructor. 15 hours of direct instruction/ student work and 320 clinical contact hours are required. Students must achieve 80% or better in all coursework and 80% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
PTA 2710

PTA 2730
Clinical Education III
6

Provides an eight-week full-time, unpaid, practical; work experience at a clinical setting, performing under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. In-services may be required by the clinical site. Clinical competencies will be assessed by the student's clinical instructor. A greater emphasis on independence, professional confidence, and competent decision making will be expected in this final clinical experience. 15 hours of direct instruction/student work and 320 clinical contact hours are required. Students must achieve 80% or better in all coursework and 80% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

Prerequisite(s):
PTA 2720

PTA 2750
Physical Agents
2

Accompanies the course with the same number. 15 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

PTA 2810
PTA Seminar in Specialty Practice
1

Allows students, in this physical therapy advanced specialty seminar, to focus on such topics as aquatic rehabilitation, women's health, vestibular rehabilitation, oncology rehabilitation, lymphedema management. Assessment and treatment of common diagnoses in these groups are addressed. Other topics may be presented based on community resources and guest presenters. 15 hours of direct instruction are required. Must complete with a C+ or better.

Requirement(s):
Acceptance in Physical Therapist Asst program.

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