Physical Therapist Assistant

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Course Descriptions

Campus location:MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
Program coordinator:Randy Leighton, 816.604.4808
Application deadline: June 10th for the traditional program, October 1st for the web-based program
Download (pdf):Program Application, Prospective Student Information

PTHA Courses

PTHA 151 - Introduction to Physical Therapy - 2.00 credits

Introduction to the education and roles of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant as members of the health care team. Overview of physical therapy practice, terms and current issues. Effective interaction with others related to implementation of the physical therapy plan of care.

PTHA 152 - Physical Therapy Fundamentals I - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Basic patient care skills utilized by the physical therapist assistant in carrying out the plan of care established by the physical therapist. Theory and application of basic treatment modalities used in physical therapy, including indications and contraindications. Field trips.

PTHA 153 - Kinesiology - 4.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 109, or (BIOL 110 & BIOL 210), PTHA 152 & PTHA 160 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Discussion of anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system. Analysis of various activities. Application of data collection techniques to monitor effectiveness of physical therapy interventions as outlined in the plan of care established by the supervising physical therapist.

PTHA 154 - Applied Neurology - 2.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 109 or (BIOL 110 & BIOL 210) & Admission to the Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy program. Foundations of neuroscience for practice as a rehabilitation professional. Anatomy and function of the nervous system. Correlation of clinical problems with pathology of the nervous system. Cross-listed with OTHA 154.

PTHA 155 - Rehabilitation - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: PTHA 162 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Introduction to the underlying theory, principles, and application of interventions involved in physical rehabilitation. Field trips as required.

PTHA 158 - Therapeutic Exercise - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: PTHA 162 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Introduction to the theory and principles of application of therapeutic exercise including patient instruction, manual techniques and equipment commonly used by the physical therapist assistant in carrying out the plan of care as established by the supervising physical therapist. Field trips as required.

PTHA 159 - Orthopedic Pathology - 2.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 109 or (BIOL 110 & BIOL 210), PTHA 152 & PTHA 160 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Orthopedic pathologies commonly seen in physical therapy practice: diagnostic tests, signs and symptoms, physiologic factors and common interventions associated with the physical therapy plan of care.

PTHA 160 - Medical Diseases - 2.00 credits

Prerequisites: Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Medical diseases commonly seen in physical therapy practice; diagnostic tests, signs and symptoms, physiologic factors, and common interventions associated with the physical therapy plan of care.

PTHA 161 - Physical Therapy Fundamentals II - 4.00 credits

Prerequisites: BIOL 109 or (BIOL 110 & BIOL 210), PTHA 152 & PTHA 160 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Introduction to the theory and practical application of documentation, patient care skills, and selected modalities, including indications and contraindications.

PTHA 162 - Clinical Experience I - 2.00 credits

Prerequisite: EMS 100, PTHA 153, PTHA 154, PTHA 159, & PTHA 161 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Supervised clinical experience in the practical application of techniques and procedures covered in all previous PTHA courses. Assisting physical therapists in treatment of patients in a variety of clinical settings.

PTHA 164 - Pediatrics and Gerontology - 2.00 credits

Prerequisite: PTHA 162 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Specialized information related to the treatment of pediatric and older adult populations.

PTHA 170 - Clinical Experience II - 2.00 credits

Prerequisite: PTHA 162 & concurrent enrollment in PTHA 155, PTHA 158, PTHA 164 & PTHA 171 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. Supervised clinical experience in the practical application of techniques and procedures covered in all previous PTHA courses. Assisting physical therapists in treatment of patients in a variety of clinical settings..

PTHA 171 - Clinical Seminar - 2.00 credits

Prerequisite: PTHA 162 & Admission to the Physical Therapy program. This course contains information on current professional issues and values, administrative policies and procedures, and related clinical topics associated with the practice of physical therapy. Service learning projects required.

PTHA 172 - Clinical Experience III - 12.00 credits

Prerequisite: Completion of all other required courses in the PTHA program. Practical application of principles learned in the prior didactic semester. Experience rotating internships in selected clinical sites under the supervision of a physical therapist.

PTHA 173 - Special Topics - 2.00 credits

Prerequisite: Admission to the Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy program or completion of an Associate of advanced degree in physical therapy or occupational therapy. This course presents specialized topics in physical therapy and the administration of health care.

 

Last Modified: 8/28/12