PTA Courses

PTA 105 Intro to Physical Therapy Credit Hrs: 1
Pre-Req: See above
Co-Req: PTA 115
This course is designed to introduce the student to the PTA program and their role in managing the learning process. The course will introduce the history and more specifically the present practice of physical therapy, the role of the PTA within the profession and the relationship between the physical therapist and other health care providers. Medical terminology and documentation techniques are presented in context with their application to PT.

PTA 115 Physical Therapy Procedures I Credit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: See above
Co-Req: None
This is the first of two courses designed to introduce students to the skillful knowledge and performance of basic physical therapy principles and procedures, basic patient care techniques, wheelchair transfers, pre-ambulation activities, assistive devices, ambulation training, goniometry, ROM exercises, and soft tissue techniques.

PTA 120 Physical Therapy Procedures II Credit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: PTA 115
Co-Req: None
This course is a continuation of PTA 115 with an emphasis on the principles and use of physical agents including superficial heat and cold, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, electromagnetic radiation, electrotherapy, mechanical traction, and external compressive devices.

PTA 140 Functional Anatomy Credit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: None
Co-Req: PSCI 1010
This course is designed to integrate functions of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. Emphasis is placed on joint structure, muscle origins and insertions, muscle actions, and innervations. Also considered is normal motion, movement patterns including normal gait patterns, and muscle and sensory assessment.

PTA 170 Seminar I Credit Hrs: 2
Pre-Req: None
Co-Req: None
This is a lecture discussion course that focuses on professional development including interpersonal interactions, the psychology of health care, and ethical and cultural issues. Critical analysis of the standards of practice, reimbursement guidelines, legislative issues, and current events within the physical therapy profession is included.

PTA 190 Clinical Education I Credit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: PTA 105, 115, 120, 140, 200
Co-Req: None
This course is a supervised clinical practice of physical therapy procedures and clinical skills that were learned in the fall and spring semesters. Students will be under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Clinical competency in specified skills will be evaluated and documented.

PTA 200 Musculoskeletal Cond Treatment Credit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: PTA 140
Co-Req: None
This course introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of therapeutic exercise and common orthopedic conditions and related procedures. Included are musculoskeletal conditions of the spine, upper and lower extremities, and generalized pathologic conditions. Specific orthopedic treatment interventions are considered.

PTA 230 Neuromuscular Cond Treatment Credit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: None
Co-Req: None
This course introduces the student to advanced neuroanatomy, common neurological pathologies, the rehabilitation concept and accepted therapeutic interventions. Included is the application of specialized physical therapy methods and techniques used for clients with neurological conditions.

PTA 250 Med Surgical Cond Treatment Credit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: PTA 200
Co-Req: PTA 230
This course focuses on common medical and surgical conditions related to physical therapy interventions for clients with cardiopulmonary disorders, diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, integumentary pathologies including burns and amputation. Also considered is immunodeficiency disease, specific women?s health concerns, and generalized wound care. Further instruction is included regarding aerobic exercise and fitness and wellness promotion. Prosthetic devices and the associated gait deviations are addressed.

PTA 270 Seminar II Credit Hrs: 2
Pre-Req: PTA 260
Co-Req: PTA 290
This course includes commentary on physical therapy procedures and techniques related to clinic participation. The student is expected to prepare a collection of writings on physical therapy procedures and techniques, pathologies, and other associated topics. Strategies are developed for licensure examination preparation and employment procurement.

PTA 290 Clinical Education II Credit Hrs: 10
Pre-Req: PTA 190
Co-Req: PTA 270
This is a continuation of PTA 190. Application and practice of the skills and techniques obtained through the previous classroom and laboratory experience is expected. Students will be under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Clinical competency will be evaluated and documented.