Catalog 2018-2019 
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Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PTA 105 Introduction to Physical Therapy

2 credits
Covers the history and organization of the field of physical therapy, overview of practice settings, behavior and conduct expectations of the PTA, and the role of the PTA.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Corequisites: BIOL& 242 , PTA 115 , PTA 117 , and PTA 125  

Quarters Offered: Fall

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Relate an overview of the history of rehabilitation treatments, the field of physical therapy and the major factors that influenced its development in the United States
  • Explain the organizational structure of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Name other organizations involved in the physical therapy profession
  • Describe the various settings in which physical therapy is practiced
  • Relate the APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Explain the use and value of the APTA Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Define each of the eight Values-Based Behaviors for the physical therapist assistant
  • Describe the physical therapist patient/client management model
  • Explain the role of the physical therapist assistant within the physical therapist patient/client management model
  • Discuss how the APTA Problem-solving Algorithm and its associated controlling assumptions, the PTA Direction Algorithm and the PTA Supervision Algorithm guide how PTs and PTAs work together to provide safe, effective, and efficient physical therapy services
  • Explain the use and benefits of a resume and cover letter in obtaining a position in the workforce as a physical therapist assistant
  • Develop a resume sufficient to obtain a position as a student in a physical therapy clinical rotation
  • Define patient-centered care
  • Describe various college resources that support student success and when and how the student would use them
  • Apply study skills relevant to succeeding in the physical therapist assistant program
  • Apply multiple learning strategies to improve learning 
  • Identify the roles and significance of documentation in health care
  • Explain when to document, what to document and why the documentation is important as PTA provides patient interventions
  • Identify the categories of documentation content
  • Use appropriate terminology, abbreviations, grammar, syntax, and punctuation in physical therapy documentation and communication (both)

Total Hours: 20 Lecture Hours: 20