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Physical Therapy Assistant - PTA
Fundamentals of PTA I
PTA 080

An introduction to the profession of Physical Therapy and the role of the PTA within the health profession. This course provides basic physical therapy skills including: body mechanics, transfers, bed mobility, gait training, aseptic techniques, and assessment of vital signs.


Prerequisites: Admission to Program.

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PTA Clinical Practicum III
PTA 085

A full time, supervised clinical practice in a physical therapy facility. Students will participate in selected patient care skills and techniques learned in Fundamentals of PTA I (PTA080), Clinical Practicum I (PTA081) and Fundamentals of PTA II (PTA082).


Prerequisites: Fundaments of PTA I(PTA080), Clinical Practicum 1 (PTA081), Fundamentals of PTA II (PTA082), minimum GPA 2.00

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Fundamentals of PTA III
PTA 094

This course is a continuation of the skills and knowledge used by a PTA. Concentration is on muscle testing, length testing, therapeutic exercise and postural analysis.


Prerequisites: Fundamentals of PTA II (PTA082), Clinical Practicum III (PTA085), minium GPA 2.00 in PTA curriculum.

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Orthopedic Concepts & Appl
PTA 095

The course focuses on orthopedic diagnoses and rehabilitation. Normal gait will be analyzed.


Prerequisites: Clinical Practicum III (PTA085), Fundamentals of PTA II (PTA082), concurrent enrollment in Fundamentals of PTA III (PTA094), minimum GPA 2.00

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Fundamentals of PTA IV
PTA 096

This course emphasizes assessment and treatment of specific areas. These areas include: neurological conditions, pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics, cardiopulmonary, industrial, and manual therapy.


Prerequisites: Fundaments of PTA III (PTA094), Orthopedic Concepts and Applications (PTA095), Clinical Practicum IV (PTA097), minimum GPA 2.00

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PTA Clinical Practicum IV
PTA 097

Full time, supervised clinical practice experience at a physical therapy facility. Students will participate in selected patient care skills and techniques learned in Fundamentals of PTA III (PTA094) and Orthopedic Concepts and Applications (PTA095) while continuing to progress previously learned skills.


Prerequisites: PTA Clinical Practicum III (PTA085), Fundamentals of PTA III (PTA094), Orthopedic Concepts and Applications (PTA095), minimum GPA 2.00

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PTA Seminar
PTA 098

Preparation to enter into the work force as a Physical Therapist Assistant. This course emphasizes liability issues, Medicare guidelines, administration, health insurances, and ethical aspects. Licensure preparation and the exchange of clinical experiences are incorporated.


Prerequisites: Fundaments of PTA III (PTA094), Orthopedic Concepts and Applications (PTA095), PTA Clinical Practicum IV (PTA097), concurrent enrollment in Fundamentals of PTA IV(PTA096) and Pathology for PTA (PTA093), minimum GPA 2.00

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Pta Clinical Practicum V
PTA 099

Final full time, supervised clinical practicum experience at a physical therapy facility to prepare as an entry level Physical Therapist Assistant. Student will perform selected previously learned skills.


Prerequisites: PTA Clinical Practicum IV (PTA097), Pathology for PTA (PTA093),Fundamentals of PTA IV (PTA096), PTA Seminar (PTA098), minimum GPA 2.00 in PTA curriculum.

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Pathology for PTA
PTA 093

This course will discuss the etiology, symptoms, risk factors, pathogenesis, and prognosis of specific disease. Medical practices for treatment of these diseases and illnesses will be discussed along with special implications for the PTA. Pharmacology will also be discussed.

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Fundamentals of PTA II
PTA 082

This course provides physical therapy skills including the use of therapeutic heat and cold, electrical stimulation, massage techniques, goniometry, wound management and laboratory practice. Students will be introduced to prosthesis and orthotics.


Prerequisites: Fundamentals of PTA I (PTA080), Clinical Practicum 1 (PTA081), minimum GPA 2.00

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PTA Clinical Practicum I
PTA 081

An in-house laboratory practice of skills and techniques corresponding with Fundamentals of PTA I (PTA080). Students will observe in a nursing home setting.


Prerequisites: Admission to Program

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