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

PTA 115 Procedures I

5 credits
Introduces principles and techniques of basic patient care skills. Emphasis is on patient safety. Skills include vital signs, aseptic technique, positioning and draping, soft tissue mobilization, body mechanics and selected physical agents with focus on thermal agents.

Prerequisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Corequisites: BIOL& 242 , PTA 105 , PTA 117 , and PTA 125  

Quarters Offered: Fall

Global Outcomes:
This course teaches to the global outcome of Information Literacy.

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

  • Use online and print resources to obtain information in regard to modalities used in physical therapy practice
  • Safely and effectively implement selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the physical therapist including:
    • Electrotherapeutic agents
    • Infection control / aseptic technique
    • Functional training
    • Injury prevention - body mechanics
    • Positioning /draping
    • Manual therapy - therapeutic massage
    • Physical agents
    • Thermal agents (heat and ice)
    • Ultrasound
    • Phonophoresis 
    • Diathermy
    • Whirlpool
  • Safely and effectively perform components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care established by the physical therapist including:
    • Interview patients/clients, caregivers and family to obtain current information related to prior and current level of function and general health status
    • Vital signs
    • Anthropometric characteristics
    • Pain
    • Posture
  • When providing interventions and associated data collection techniques:
    • Display professional behaviors consistent with the expectations of the physical therapy profession
    • Protect patient modesty, privacy, and dignity
    • Apply current physical therapy knowledge, theory and clinical judgement
    • Consider the patient/client perspective and treatment environment.
    • Provide clear instructions, when educating patients, as directed by the supervising physical therapist  
    • Explain the rationale for selected interventions to achieve patient goals as identified in the plan of care
    • Review health records prior to carrying out the plan of care.
    • Monitor and adjust interventions within the plan of care in response to patient/client status and clinical indications
    • Report any changes in patient status or progress to the supervising physical therapist
    • Identify indications, contraindications, precautions and safety considerations for the patient and determine if the treatment intervention is appropriate
    • Determine when a directed intervention is either beyond the scope of work or personal scope of work of a physical therapist assistant
    • Recognize activities, positioning and posture that aggravate or relieve pain
    • Select relevant information for documentation
    • Prepare and maintain a safe working environment
    • Handle patients using safe techniques and appropriate body mechanics
    • As appropriate to the PTA, maintain and use physical therapy equipment safely and effectively
    • Provide patient centered care

Total Hours: 80 Lecture Hours: 20 Lab or Clinical Hours: 60