PTA 101 Introduction to Rehabilitation (3 credits)

The American Physical Therapy Association and the history of the profession of physical therapy (PT) are explored. The student is introduced to procedures used in PT, settings where PT is practiced, and the physical therapist assistant's role as part of the rehabilitation team. Ethical and legal considerations in physical therapy are also introduced. Communication skills are developed, including effective interpersonal communication, oral and written reports and medical terminology. Vital signs, infection control techniques and various emergency procedures pertinent to the practice of PT will be learned. The student is required to become CPR certified for the healthcare professional on an independent basis. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or Permission of Instructor. Co-requisites: PTA 102, 102L, and 103, or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.