Physical Therapist Asst (PHYTA)

  • PHYTA 1100 
    Introduction to Physical Therapy

    2  credit hours

    Students will be introduced to an overview of the physical therapy profession within the health care delivery system from a historical, philosophical, and organizational context. Students will explore the physical therapy frame of reference in various practice and treatment areas and discuss personal and professional qualities of the health care provider, professional ethics, and the psychological aspects of treatment. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor is required. (2 lecture hours)

  • PHYTA 1109 
    Basic Health Care Skills and Principles

    3  credit hours

    Students will be instructed in basic health care skills used in physical therapy. Other topics will include identification of anatomical structures and therapeutic intervention techniques. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program or consent of instructor (2 lecture hours, 3 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 1112 
    PTA Kinesiology II

    3  credit hours

    Continuation of application of biomechanical principles and analysis of human movement. Explores in detail the relationship of these principles to the elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, lower extremity, head, neck, trunk, and to gait and posture. Prerequisites: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program and Physical Therapist Assistant 1111 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor (2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 1114 
    PTA Total Patient Care

    1  credit hour

    Students will discuss topics related to the physical therapy profession, including psycho-emotional aspects of caring for the patient, psycho-social problems of the ill and disabled, aging, medical ethics and professional ethics. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program or consent of instructor (1 lecture hour)

  • PHYTA 1202 
    PTA Therapeutic Exercise

    2  credit hours

    Continuation of therapeutic exercise for all ages, including stretching exercise. Emphasis is on the development of exercise programs for correction of postural dysfunction and gait abnormalities including the use of orthotic devices relevant to mobility and daily function. Focus on therapeutic intervention for the patient following an amputation, including the use of prosthetic devices relevant to mobility and daily function. Assessment and intervention of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) issues are also emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program and Physical Therapist Assistant 1211 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor (1 lecture hour, 2 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 1205 
    PTA Kinesiology

    5  credit hours

    Students will study and analyze human movement utilizing principles of biomechanics, musculoskeletal anatomy, and neuromuscular physiology. Emphasis will be on basic biomechanics, the articular system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, and development of exercise programs for correction of postural dysfunction and gait abnormalities. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program is required. Anatomy and Physiology 1551 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent or Anatomy and Physiology 1571 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent or consent of instructor. (4 lecture hours, 2 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 1207 
    PTA Pathophysiology

    2  credit hours

    Students will study diseases and disorders commonly seen in physical therapy practice. Students will be provided an overview of etiology, manifestations, and treatment of significant diseases with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiopulmonary systems. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program or consent of instructor. Anatomy and Physiology 1551 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent or Anatomy and Physiology 1571 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent. (2 lecture hours)

  • PHYTA 1211 
    PTA Therapeutic Assessment & Basic Int

    4  credit hours

    Students will learn the basic principles of exercise, basic evaluation skills pertaining to joint and muscle function, the development of exercise programs for correction of specific conditions, and goniometric and manual muscle testing assessment. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant Program is required and Physical Therapist Assistant 1109 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent or consent of instructor (2.5 lecture hours, 4.5 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 1221 
    PTA Clinical Practicum I

    1  credit hour

    Provides initial opportunity to implement a variety of physical therapy treatment plans. Students will be oriented to the roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) and will have their initial supervised contact with clients having physical dysfunction. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program and Physical Therapist Assistant 1201 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor

  • PHYTA 1301 
    PTA Therapeutic Modalities

    4  credit hours

    Students will learn therapeutic intervention utilizing physical agents in the treatment of acute and chronic diseases and injuries. Students will be introduced to wound care, burn care, and infection control. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program and Physical Therapist Assistant 1205 with a grade of B or better, equivalent or consent of instructor (2.5 lecture hours, 4.5 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 1840 
    Independent Study - Individualized

    1 to 4  credit hours

    Exploration and analysis of topics within the discipline to meet individual student-defined course description, goals, objectives, topical outline and methods of evaluation in coordination with and approved by the instructor. This course may be taken four times for credit as long as different topics are selected. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor is required (1 to 4 lecture hours)

  • PHYTA 2103 
    PTA Neuromuscular/Cardiopulmonary Rehab

    4  credit hours

    Students will learn physical therapy techniques used in the assessment and intervention of patients with neurological disorders and cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Prerequisite: Physical Therapist Assistant 1301 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent or consent of instructor (2.5 lecture hours, 4.5 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 2104 
    PTA Special Patient Populations

    3  credit hours

    Students will be provided with an overview of physical therapy for special patient populations including pediatrics, geriatrics, bariatrics, lymphedema, women's health, post-amputation, and patients with prosthetics. Prerequisite: Physical Therapist Assistant 1301 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent or consent of instructor (2.5 lecture hours, 1.5 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 2110 
    PTA Documentation

    1.5  credit hours

    Observation, interviewing and medical note-writing techniques. Subject matter to include various assessment, treatment plan, progress note, and discharge summary formats. Emphasis on writing style, reimbursement guidelines and legal aspects of note writing. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant program or consent of instructor (1.5 lecture hours)

  • PHYTA 2112 
    PTA Advanced Orthopedic Rehabilitation

    4  credit hours

    Students will focus on orthopedic disorders and appropriate therapeutic intervention. Students will continue their study of therapeutic exercise, with a focus on principles and application of progressive-resistive exercise, upper and lower extremity joint mobilization, and exercise progression. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant Program or consent of instructor. Physical Therapist Assistant 1301 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent (2.5 lecture hours, 4.5 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 2122 
    PTA Clinical Practicum I

    1.5  credit hours

    Students are provided an initial opportunity to implement a variety of physical therapy treatment plans in the clinic. Students will be oriented to the roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) and will have their initial supervised contact with clients. Students are provided opportunities to follow established treatment programs, provide individual patient treatments, and practice hands-on techniques. This course can only be taken on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant Program or consent of instructor and Physical Therapist Assistant 1301 with a grade of B or better or consent of instructor

  • PHYTA 2203 
    PTA Neuromuscular & Cardiopulmonary Reh

    3  credit hours

    Continuation of physical therapy techniques used in the assessment and intervention of patients with cerebrovascular accident (CVA), spinal cord injury (SCI), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological disorders. Also includes rehabilitation of patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Prerequisites: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant Program and Physical Therapist Assistant 1202 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor (2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 2204 
    PTA Special Patient Populations

    2  credit hours

    Overview of physical therapy for special patient populations including but not limited to pediatrics, geriatrics, bariatrics, lymphedema, women's health and incontinence. Prerequisite: Physical Therapist Assistant 2203 with a grade of C or better, or equivalent or consent of instructor (2 lecture hours)

  • PHYTA 2212 
    PTA Advanced Orthopedic Rehabilitation

    4  credit hours

    Continuation of the study of therapeutic exercise. Focus is on principles and application of progressive-resistive exercise, upper and lower extremity joint mobilization, and exercise progression. Emphasis is on orthopedic disorders and appropriate therapeutic intervention. Prerequisite: Admission to Physical Therapist Assistant Program and Physical Therapist Assistant 1202 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor (2 lecture hours, 4 lab hours)

  • PHYTA 2214 
    PTA Professional Issues

    1  credit hour

    Students will review and discuss topics related to the Physical Therapy profession, including Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS), current trends, pharmacology, cultural diversity, research, licensure, and other legal and ethical aspects that influence current practice. Prerequisite: Physical Therapist Assistant 2103 with a grade of B or better, or equivalent or consent of instructor (1 lecture hour)

  • PHYTA 2223 
    PTA Clinical Practicum II

    2.5  credit hours

    Students continue their clinical experience with opportunities to further improve their intervention skills. Students will reinforce concepts of proper body mechanics, therapist and client safety, communication skills, documentation of goals, intervention plans, and patient progress. This course can only be taken on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Physical Therapist Assistant 2122 with a grade of S or better, or equivalent

  • PHYTA 2224 
    PTA Clinical Practicum III

    3  credit hours

    Students' clinical experiences conclude with the opportunity to build upon knowledge and skills developed in prior clinical experiences. Focus is on entry level competencies in providing comprehensive and consecutive interventions within the larger framework of departmental operations. This course can only be taken on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Physical Therapist Assistant 2223 with a grade of S or better, or equivalent

  • PHYTA 2860 
    Internship (Career & Technical Ed)

    1 to 4  credit hours

    Course requires participation in Career and Technical Education work experience with onsite supervision. Internship learning objectives are developed by student and faculty member, with approval of employer, to provide appropriate work-based learning experiences. Credit is earned by working a minimum of 75 clock hours per semester credit hour, up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: 2.0 cumulative grade point average; 12 semester credits earned in a related field of study; students work with Career Services staff to obtain approval of the internship by the Associate Dean from the academic discipline where the student is planning to earn credit.

  • PHYTA 2865 
    Internship Advanced (Career & Tech Ed)

    1 to 4  credit hours

    Continuation of Internship (Career and Technical Education). Course requires participation in Career & Technical Education work experience with onsite supervision. Internship learning objectives are developed by student and faculty member, with approval of employer, to provide appropriate work-based learning experiences. Credit is earned by working a minimum of 75 clock hours per semester credit hour, up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: 2.0 cumulative grade point average; 12 semester credits earned in a related field of study; students work with Career Services staff to obtain approval of the internship by the Associate Dean from the academic discipline where the student is planning to earn credit.

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