Course Number & Name:  Principles of Physical Therapist Assisting II

Credit Hours:  5.0             Contact Hours:  9.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  3.0                Other:  Clinical

Prerequisites:  Admission to the PTA program. Grade of “C” or better in PTA 101
Concurrent Courses:  Grade of “C” or better in PTA 106

Course Description: This course is designed to introduce the student to the disorders most commonly seen in patient care. It includes detailed examination of the application and effects of various modalities and equipment, particularly the use of heat, cold, water and electricity in clinical practice.  Students learn the use of equipment, including traction and intermittent compression pumps.  They also learn the practical application of goniometric measurements, manual muscle testing and ambulation training. Students learn via laboratory work, practice sessions in class and observations in physical therapy clinics.

<!–Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. recognize and describe various pathologies;
  2. identify indications/contraindications/precautions and effectiveness of modalities and      satisfactorily demonstrate their proper use in patient care;
  3. measure and instruct the patient in the use of various ambulation equipment;
  4. measure and record range of motion and determine flexibility.  In addition, the student will assess muscle length and carry out an effective therapeutic exercise program designed by the supervising Physical Therapist;
  5. determine and record muscle strength and position patient appropriately for this determination.  In     addition, the student will demonstrate knowledge in origin, insertion, action and innervation of the muscles tested;
  6. determine when treatment plans and goals require modification and when appropriate communication with supervising Physical Therapist is indicated;
  7. discuss departmental procedures in terms of communication and daily function;
  8. perform an appropriate research search through familiarization with medical library resources;
  9. identify and perform all vital signs which include blood pressure, pulse and respiration.  The student will appropriately respond to any changes in all vital signs.  The student will identify C.P.R. techniques that include management of an obstructed airway;
  10. identify and employ all principles of surgical asepsis and utilize proper handling of all isolation techniques as well as interventions associated with all aspects of wound care;
  11. apply binders, bandages and ace wraps;
  12. recognize and manage emergency situations and incidents related to accidents, fatigue and heat; and
  13. modify an intervention in accordance with changes in patient/client status within the scope of the plan of care that has been established by the physical therapist.


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