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PHTA 100 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY

Fall, 2 credit hours

This course is designed to introduce and acclimate students to the Physical Therapist Assistant program, and the physical therapy profession. Students are introduced to the discipline of physical therapy including history and philosophies. They receive an introduction to a variety of practice settings and the team approach to rehabilitation. Students are familiarized with the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and principles of patient/client management. Basic medical terminology, physical therapy documentation and reimbursement guidelines are explained and discussed. Scope of practice, the New York State Practice Act, ethical standards of conduct of the physical therapist assistant and the core values of physical therapy are identified, reflected upon, and applied. Cultural awareness is discussed and students begin to learn about interaction with individuals from cultures different than their own.

Prerequisites: Restricted to PTA students

PHTA 101 FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL THERAPY SKILLS AND MODALITIES

Fall, 3 credit hours

In this course, students are introduced to basic physical therapy skills necessary for providing patient care across the continuum of physical therapy settings. Students develop competency in basic infection control procedures, data collection, bed mobility, transfers, gait training with assistive devices, wheelchair management, application of thermal modalities, and basic therapeutic exercise. Students develop professional communication and clinical problem-solving skills through weekly case study implementation.

Prerequisite: PHTA majors only.

PHTA 102 KINESIOLOGY

Spring, 3 credit hours

Study and application of human motion is covered beginning with general anatomic terminology and concepts, types and laws of motion, bone, joint and muscle structure and function. Origins, insertions, actions and innervations of extremity and trunk musculature and palpable surfaces of same are discussed. Kinesiological concepts related to the gait cycle, posture, and functional movement are addressed. Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisite: Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 217) or permission of instructor.

PHTA 103 MUSCULOSKELETAL PATHOLOGIES

Spring, 4 credit hours

Students are introduced to tissue healing in relation to musculoskeletal pathologies and their role in assisting the physical therapist with management of this patient population. The principles and techniques of therapeutic exercise are presented and related to specific musculoskeletal pathologies across the lifespan. The student will learn to apply a variety of exercise techniques when given the physical therapy plan and goals. There will be a focus on educating the patient and/or care giver throughout the course. Students will also begin to read and understand professional literature. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Introduction to Physical Therapy (PHTA 100), Fundamental Physical Therapy Skills (PHTA 101), Clinical I (PHTA 104) and Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 217).

Corequisites: Kinesiology (PHTA 102), Musculoskeletal Pathologies (PHTA 103), Clinical II (PHTA 106) and Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 218), or permission of instructor.

PHTA 104 CLINICAL I

Spring, 4 credit hours

In this course, the student is assigned to a physical therapy clinical site where they work full time under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist or a registered physical therapist assistant. This provides the student with the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and laboratory into practice in the clinical setting.  A strong emphasis is placed on communication and professional behaviors.

Prequisites: PHTA 101

Corequisites: PHTA 103, PHTA 105

PHTA 105 MUSCULOSKELETAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

Spring, 2 credit hours

In this course, students are introduced to data collection methods used to assist the physical therapist with assessment of the musculoskeletal system, including the role of the PTA in the assessment process. Students will develop skill in assessment of muscle strength and range of motion using goniometry and manual muscle testing. Students will be taught soft tissue mobilization techniques for assessment and treatment of common musculoskeletal impairments.

Prerequisites: PHTA 100, PHTA 101, BIOL 217

PHTA 203 PTA SEMINAR I

Fall, 2 credit hours

This seminar course allows second year PTA students to engage in activities and discussions to foster the development of the Core Values of the PT and PTA, building on concepts introduced in PHTA 100. Guest speakers, class assignments and group discussion as well as outside activities will promote students’ integration of the American Physical Therapy Association Core Values of accountability, altruism, collaboration, compassion/caring, duty, excellence, integrity, and social responsibility, in preparation for culminating clinical experiences and clinical practice as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

Prerequisites: PHTA 104

PHTA 204 CARDIOPULMONARY AND INTEGUMENTARY PATHOLOGIES

Fall, 4 credit hours

In this course, students will apply musculoskeletal knowledge from the previous semester to amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation, and orthotics. Students will study the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems and related pathologies. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation principles and management will be discussed and applied. Conditions of the integumentary system will be discussed with emphasis on physical therapy management of wounds and burns. Students will also receive an introduction to common conditions related to other body systems and their management from a physical therapy perspective. Other systems will include endocrine and metabolic, gastrointestinal, genital and reproductive, hematologic, hepatic and biliary, immune, lymphatic, renal and urologic.

Prerequisites: PHTA 104, BIOL 217, BIOL 218, or permission of instructor

PHTA 205 NEUROMUSCULAR PATHOLOGIES

Fall, 4 credit hours

In this course, students will study neuroanatomy as applied to peripheral and central nervous system disorders. Principles of neurological rehabilitation and management of patients with neurological conditions are discussed and applied.   Students learn about normal motor development, theories of motor control, and motor learning as applied to the rehabilitation of patients with neuromuscular conditions.  

Prerequisites: PHTA 104, BIOL 217, BIOL 281 or permission of instructor

PHTA 206 ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY MODALITIES

Fall, 2 credit hours

Students will learn basic principles of electricity and electrotherapy. Application of electrotherapeutic agents for pain control, neuromuscular stimulation, and tissue/wound healing will be studied and applied. Students will be introduced to spinal traction as a therapeutic modality. Students will enhance their research skills by reviewing and critiquing current professional literature related to various course topics. One hour lecture, three hours laboratory per week.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of all coursework in the first two semesters of the PTA curriculum or permission of instructor. PHTA majors only.

PHTA 207 CLINICAL II

Spring, 6 credit hours

This clinical practicum correlates with content taught in courses PHT A 100 through PHT A 206. The student is assigned to a physical therapy clinical site where he/she will work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist or registered physical therapist assistant. This will provide the student with the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom and laboratory into practice in a clinical setting. The PT A student will demonstrate clinical problem solving skills based on academic knowledge and previous lab and clinical experiences. This experience will take place during the fourth semester and will last six full time weeks.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of first three semesters of PTA curriculum. For PHTA majors only.

PHTA 209 CLINICAL III

Spring, 6 credit hours

This clinical practicum correlates with content taught in courses PHT A 100 through PHT A 207. Students are assigned to physical therapy clinic sites where they work under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist or registered physical therapist assistant. This will provide students with the opportunity to put the knowledge and skills have learned in the classroom and laboratory into practice in a clinical setting as well as expand the practical knowledge learned in Clinical courses I and II. This experience will begin in mid-fourth semester and will last six full time weeks.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of first three semesters of PTA curriculum. For PHTA majors only.

PHTA 210 PTA SEMINAR II

Spring, 2 credit hours

This course is designed to provide for the transition from the student role to the graduate role. Review of national exam material on a weekly basis throughout the semester will help to prepare students for the licensing exam. Students will participate in transitional activities by preparing employment documents, completing licensure paperwork, participate in a mock interview and  sit for a mock national exam. Students will be required to submit a self-directed plan for career development and lifelong learning. A student/faculty conference is required for each student prior to graduation.

Prerequisites: PHTA 203, PHTA 204, PHTA 205, PHTA 206