|PHT1000||Introduction to Physical Therapy|
This course introduces the new Physical Therapy Assistant student to the Physical Therapy profession and the ever-changing healthcare field. The emphasis is on 1) becoming a health professional and 2) understanding the role of the PTA in the healthcare system with regard to the role of team members, legal/ethical issues, medical terminology/documentation, infection control, stress/wellness management, client safety and security issues, self evaluation and communication skills. Lab fee required.
This course addresses the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on the mechanical aspects of human motion and the analysis of motion. Goniometry and manual muscle testing are included.
|PHT1120L||Functional Kinesiology Lab|
This course is the laboratory companion to PHT 1120 and provides the laboratory practice for those skills needing supervised, hands-on experience. This course includes several competency-based skill checks and practicals. Lab fee required.
|PHT1200||Basic Patient Care|
This is an introductory course to the basic patient care skills that are required to safely, effectively and efficiently initiate, complete and document a treatment program. The course is comprised of two sections: Section one includes specific treatment skills and their corresponding physiological concepts (e.g.; heat and cold modalities, their effects on the inflammatory process, healing, etc). Section two includes the skills that are required to actually treat patients (e.g.; patient positioning, use of assistive devices, gait training, verbal and written communication skills).
|PHT1200L||Basic Patient Care Laboratory|
This is a laboratory course in which the student actively practices skills presented in PHT 1200. Emphasis is placed on the development of manual dexterity for patient safety and comfort. Competency-based skill checks and clinical scenarios are used in this practical setting. Lab fee required.
|PHT1213||Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures|
This course builds on all concepts presented in Term I and integrates those with new concepts and treatment skills such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, hydro-therapy and pelvic and cervical traction.
|PHT1213L||Physical Therapy Principles and Procedures Laboratory|
This course provides the laboratory practice for those concepts presented in PHT 1200. Includes competency-based skill checks and practical exams. Lab fee required.
|PHT1801C||Pre-Clinical Practice I Integration|
This course, offered prior to the student's first clinical internship, builds upon and integrates prior course content with an introduction to a broad selection of commonly seen medical and surgical conditions and their rehabilitation methods. Common treatment procedures, including precautions and possible complications encountered, are emphasized and addressed in both lecture and lab practice format.
|PHT1800L||Physical Therapy Clinical Practice I|
This is the first full-time clinical course in a series of three clinical courses. It consists of a six-week, supervised experience in one of three types of physical therapy facilities (acute care, ortho/outpatient or long-term care) and occurs after two semesters of didactic course work. Primary emphasis is upon: 1) gaining hands-on clinical practice in the skills covered during the first two semesters by providing exposure to clients with a variety of diagnoses, 2) facilitating communication skills (written and non-written) and 3) challenging the student's problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Lab fee required.
|PHT2224||Therapeutic Exercise I|
This course will emphasize the basics of therapeutic exercise including affective, cognitive and psychomotor performance of passive, active-assistive, active, resistive and stretching exercises. It will explore the variety of ways these exercises may be performed (manual vs. mechanical) and considerations leading to modification (stage of tissue state and recovery, subjective and objective findings). Prior and concurrent knowledge and skills will be incorporated and utilized throughout.
|PHT2224L||Therapeutic Exercise I Lab|
This course provides laboratory time for the practice of exercise techniques and development of problem-solving skills required in modification of treatments within the Physical Therapy Assistant's scope of practice as presented in PHT 2224. It includes competency-based skill checks and lab tests which focus on demonstration of the appropriate manual and physical dexterity and accurate determination of the appropriate exercise and intensity required by the patient. Students learn procedures that are safe, efficient and effective for the patient and care giver.
|PHT2228||Therapeutic Exercise II|
This course builds on all concepts presented in PHT 2224 and PHT 2224L and integrates those concepts with new concepts. Problem-solving and treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions introduced in PHT 2310 (both surgical and non-surgical) are emphasized. Rehabilitation for a variety of specific patient disorders such as cancer, diabetes, PVD, pulmonary, cardiac, burns and geriatrics are also discussed.
|PHT2228L||Therapeutic Exercise II Laboratory|
This course provides laboratory time for the practice of exercise techniques presented in PHT 2228. Lab fee required.
|PHT2162||Neurological Disabilities and Treatments|
This course provides information on common adult neurologic disorders and pediatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on etiology, pathology and a clinical picture of conditions such as Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, CVA, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Common testing, medical procedures, rehabilitation and prognosis of the conditions are integrated into the discussions. Scientific concepts introduced in the prior year as well as during prerequisites are also discussed: neurophysiology, psychology, musculoskeletal and nervous systems.
|PHT2162L||Neurological Disabilities and Treatments Lab|
This course provides laboratory time for the practice of neurorehabilitative techniques and care presented in PHT 2162. It includes competency-based skill checks and lab practicals which focus on demonstration of appropriate manual and physical dexterity in conjunction with good problem-solving skills. Students handle conditions discussed in PHT 2162 in a manner which is safe, effective and efficient for the patient and their caregiver.
|PHT2310||Orthopedic Disabilities and Treatment|
This course provides basic information on common orthopedic disabilities encountered in physical therapy practice. Emphasis is placed on the etiology, pathology and clinical picture of conditions such as arthritis, scoliosis, amputations, fractures, low back pain and burns. Physical therapy modalities, procedures (including surgical) commonly used for each disability and prognosis are integrated into the discussions. Scientific concepts introduced in the prior year (as well as in prerequisites) including inflammation, psychology, musculoskeletal and nervous systems are reviewed and built upon.
|PHT2810L||Physical Therapy Clinical Practice II|
This course focuses on intermediate clinical experiences in selected patient care activities under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist or a physical therapist assistant. Students are assigned to one of three possible facility types (acute care, ortho/outpatient or long-term care) not assigned in PHT1800L. Problem-solving techniques are employed in the evaluation and execution of patient care plans. Lab fee required.
|PHT2820L||Physical Therapy Clinical Practice III|
This is the third full-time clinical course in a series of three clinical courses. Students are assigned to one of three possible facility types (acute care, ortho/outpatient or long-term care) not assigned in PHT 1800L or PHT 2810L. This course is scheduled for the last five weeks of the curriculum prior to graduation. This third internship is designed to refine, complement and supplement those skills the student has developed in his/her two prior internships. This clinical follows coursework which has emphasized skills on all client populations as well as specialized populations - clients with central nervous system problems, the geriatric population and/or the pediatric population.
|PHT2931||Trends in Physical Therapy|
This is a seminar course exploring the trends affecting the profession of physical therapy. The role of the professional team, legal and ethical issues and familiarization with test-taking strategies for licensure are also discussed.
|General Education Courses|
|BSC2093C||Anatomy and Physiology I|
This is the first part of a two-semester course that investigates in detail the structure and function of humans. The course is primarily designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We will utilize a "system" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on the homeostatic rather than the dysfunctional individual. Lab fee required.
|BSC2094C||Anatomy and Physiology II|
This course is the second part of a two-semester course that investigates the structure and function of humans. The course is designed for students of healthcare professions, biology or physical education. We utilize a "systems" approach, examining each organ system at the cellular, tissue, organ and system levels and discuss interactions with other systems. Emphasis will be placed on homeostatic rather than dysfunctional individuals. Lab fee required.
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher.
In this course students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
This course is a study of the fundamental topics in advanced algebra with emphasis on applications, the understanding of the function concept and manipulative skills. Major topics include operations on algebraic expressions and complex numbers, solving polynomial equations and inequalities, absolute value equations and inequalities and rational equations and inequalities, applications, functions, exponents and logarithms, graphs of polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions and systems of equations and inequalities. The use of graphing calculators will be incorporated throughout the course.
|or higher level MAC or MAP prefix course that meets the General Education requirements.|
|Humanities General Education course||3|
|Psychology or Sociology General Education course||3|
|Note: Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field. A.S. degree graduates may transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs should consult with Student Affairs counselors, advisors or specialists to make sure required courses are taken and entry requirements are met for the college/university program of their choice. |