Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate of Applied Science Degree

2012-2013 academic year

You can earn an associate of applied science degree in physical therapist assistant. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 78.5 Credit Hours.


Required Core Courses

Core 63 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PTAS 1010 Medical Terminology for Physical Therapist Assistants
This course introduces the basic Greek and Latin roots including pronunciation, spelling, usage, and interpretation. The emphasis of physical therapy terminology and medical abbreviations utilized in healthcare will be integrated throughout the course.
1.5
PTAS 1020 Introduction to Physical Therapy
This course is designed to assist the student in the decision making process and development of becoming a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant. It introduces the student to the role of the Physical Therapist and the Physical Therapist Assistant in the practice of physical therapy. The course explores the profession of physical therapy, including the historical overview, the professional organization, culture, ethnicity, and branches of physical therapy.
1
PHYS 1070 Applied Physics for Allied Health
General study of mechanics, heat, energy, electricity, and wave interaction for allied health professions.
4
BIOS 2120 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Introduction to the form and function of the following human body systems: special sense, endocrine system, blood and cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, metabolism, urinary system, fluid, electrolyte and pH balance, reproductive systems, and immune system. Lab exercises will use demonstration and inquiry techniques.
4
PTAS 2520 Introduction to Clinical Management
This course introduces the PTA students to various elements of a professional healthcare provider in order to prepare the student for clinical setting. The following elements are introduced in this course-utilize basic time management strategies, understand the expectations of a professional healthcare provider, build an effective patient rapport, utilize basic physical therapy billing procedures and identify the components of basic physical therapy documentation.
1
PTAS 2540 Basic Physical Therapy Interventions
This course will introduce the student to basic patient care and documentation activities. Individualized techniques are integrated into a clinical application scenario. Techniques emphasized during this course include: bed mobility training, transfer training, gait training, assistive device use, and wheelchair use.
4
PTAS 2560 Exercise Principles
This course introduces students to fundamental functional anatomy and kinesiology skills. Students learn about structure and function of joints and skeletal muscles. Basic exercise principles, range of motion, stretching, and manual resistive exercise will be taught as well as basic proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques. Practical application of course content will be applied through laboratory study. Students taking this course are advised that the capability to exercise will be necessary.
3
PTAS 2620 Clinical Management
This course includes an overview of the health care system. Emphasis will be placed on the student acquiring professional behaviors, understanding the role of the physical therapist assistant, and understanding the role of evidence based physical therapy interventions in the health care system.
3
PTAS 2640 Physical Agents
This course introduces the student to the principles and theories of pain and pain management. An understanding of the following agents will be developed: thermal, mechanical, and electromagnetic.
4
PTAS 2660 Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention I
This course will provide the student with the opportunity to understand the musculoskeletal structure and function of each major joint of the body. The student will assess movement and strength through goniometry and manual muscle testing. The student will also learn application of interventions for specific orthopedic and surgical conditions for the lower extremity and spine.
6
PTAS 2680 Clinical Pathophysiology
This course introduces the student to the pathophysiology, etiology, clinical signs and symptoms, and medical treatment of the pathological conditions most likely encountered in the physical therapy field. An emphasis is placed on recognizing and problem solving how each condition may affect the physical therapy plan of care and interventions.
4
PTAS 2700 Clinical Affiliation I
This course will consist of a four-week clinical affiliation occurring during the middle of the second semester of the sophomore year. The student performs basic patient skills as well as newly acquired patient care activities under the immediate supervision of the clinical instructor.
3.5
PTAS 2720 Advanced Clinical Management
This course applies the various elements of a professional healthcare provider while in the clinical setting that were introduced in PTAS 2520 Introduction to Clinical Management and PTAS 2620 Clinical Management.
0.5
PTAS 2760 Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention II
This course is a continuation of PTAS 2500 Orthopedic Assessment and Intervention I. It will provide the student with the opportunity to understand the musculoskeletal structure and function of each major joint of the body. The student will assess movement and strength through goniometry and manual muscle testing. The student will also learn application of interventions for specific orthopedic and surgical conditions for the upper extremity.
4
PTAS 2780 Neurologic Rehabilitation
This course will advance the student's knowledge in the areas of theory and treatment utilized in the rehabilitation of pediatric and adult populations with neurologic pathologies common to physical therapy. The student will be exposed to and have the opportunity to practice interventions used to influence abnormal motor behaviors. At the conclusion of this course, the student will have attained entry level knowledge and skills needed to work with clients with neurologic disorders.
7
PTAS 2800 Clinical Affiliation II
This clinical education course will be the second of three experiences for the student. It will consist of 6 weeks in a clinical setting. The student will have the opportunity to pursue a specific clinical practice area, i.e. pediatrics, geriatrics, or orthopedics, etc. The student performs advanced skills with immediate to moderate supervision of the clinical instructor. The student works towards full development of competency and proficiency as a PTA.
5
PTAS 2900 Clinical Affiliation III
This clinical education course will be the final of the three clinical experiences for the student. It will consist of 6 weeks in a clinical setting. The student will have the opportunity to pursue a specific clinical practice area, i.e. pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, etc. The student performs advance skills with immediate to moderate supervision of the clinical instructor. The student works towards full development of competency and proficiency as a PTA.
5

Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of psychology including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perceptions and theoretical perspectives.
3

Mathematics 3-10 Credit Hours

must meet math requirement for program of study
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 2030 Introduction to Statistics
Study of algebraic sets, finite probability spaces, counting techniques, random variables, and binomial distribution.
3

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3

Science or Technology 2-5 Credit Hours

select from list or any other Natural Science course
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 2110 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Introduction to the form and function of the human body. Including: organization, basic chemistry, cells, tissues, skin, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. Lab exercises will use demonstration and inquiry techniques.
4

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ECON 1040 Personal Finance
This course covers the basic principles needed for effective personal financial management including the practical applications of money management, budgeting, taxes, credit, insurance, housing, investments, and retirement planning.
3

Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

ENGL 1010 required
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
3

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