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    PTA 101 Introduction to Rehabilitation (2 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. Legal considerations in physical therapy are also introduced. Communication skills are developed, including effective interpersonal communication, oral and written reports and medical terminology. 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 Basic Life Support (BLS) on an independent basis. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 102, 102L, 107, and 108, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 102 Physical Therapy Procedures I (2 credits)

    The theory and practice of physical therapy procedures are begun, including patient positioning and handling techniques, skin care, heat, cold, hydro-therapy treatments and massage. Ambulation with assistive devices, transfers, activities of daily living skills and wheelchair prescription and use are taught. The theory, effects, contraindications and safety precautions of these treatments are learned. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102L, 107, and 108, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 102L Physical Therapy Procedures I Lab (2 credits)

    Skills of PTA 102 are practiced in this course. Students will master entry level skills on patient positioning and handling techniques, heat, cold, and hydro-therapy treatments, and massage. Students will become proficient with ambulation using assistive devices and patient transfer techniques. Activities of daily living skills, use of adaptive equipment, and wheelchair prescription and use will also be learned. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102, 107, and 108 or permission of instructor.

    PTA 104 Physical Therapy Procedures II (2 credits)

    This course presents the principles, theory, effects and contraindications of forms of electrotherapy, deep heat modalities, ultraviolet and traction. Mechanisms of injury and the healing process are taught. Theory and principles of passive range of motion and therapeutic exercise are introduced. Theory of peripheral joint mobilization and stretching is discussed. Basic assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries are introduced and discussed. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, 107, and 108, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104L, 105, and 109, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 104L Physical Therapy Procedures II Lab (3 credits)

    Students master entry level skills of application of various forms of electrotherapy, deep heat modalities, ultraviolet and traction. Students become proficient in selecting and executing passive range of motion and therapeutic exercises. Students are familiarized with the practical application of joint mobilization and stretching of the limbs. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, 107, and 108, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104, 105, and 109, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 105 Functional Anatomy I (3 credits)

    This course applies principles of anatomy to the study of human motion. This course emphasizes the positioning and procedures for muscle testing and goniometry of the lower extremities, and describes the physiology of muscle contraction. The origins, insertions, actions, innervation and palpations of various muscles of the lower extremities will be learned, in addition to landmarks of the skeletal system. Normal and abnormal posture and gait are studied. A laboratory component is required. 2 classroom hours and 2 laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, 107, and 108 or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104, 104L, and 109 or permission of instructor.

    PTA 106 Clinical Training II (2 credits)

    In the clinical setting, the student applies newly acquired concepts and skills from PTA 104 and 105 and refines skills learned in PTA 102 and PTA 102L. Prerequisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 103 or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104, 104L, and 105 or permission of instructor.

    PTA 107 Physics for the Physical Therapist Assistant (2 credits)

    An introductory course to cover topics in physics specifically related to the physical therapist assistant curriculum concepts. Topics that are covered include energy, mechanics, forces, simple machines, conservation laws, properties of liquids, temperature & heat, and electromagnetic principles. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the PTA program, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 108, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 108 Topics in Geriatric Physical Therapy (1 credits)

    This course is an introduction to the physical therapy management of individuals in the geriatric population. The student learns theory related to the special rehabilitation considerations of the older adult patient/client. Assignments are designed to allow students to acquire skills that are necessary in the geriatric clinical setting. Ethical considerations in physical therapy are introduced. Patient monitoring including vital signs, catheters, and lines pertinent to the practice of physical therapy will be learned. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the PTA program or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 101, 102, 102L, and 107, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 109 Clinical Training I (1 credits)

    This course is an introduction to the physical therapy department of a clinical facility. Clinical assignments are designed to allow students to observe, assist and acquire skills in application of procedures studied in PTA 101, 102, 102L, 107, and 108. Prerequisite: PTA 101, 102, 102L, 107, and 108, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 104, 104L, 105, and 105L, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 201 Physical Therapy Procedures III (4 credits)

    This course applies interventions used in Procedures I and II and applies them to specific age groups and pathologies. It studies the pathology, signs, symptoms, psycho-social factors and P.T. management of disabilities related to pediatric and developmental disabilities, strokes, spinal cord injury, fractures, osteoporosis and amputation. It teaches the PTA student how to train patients in the use of an orthosis or prosthesis. Prerequisites: PTA major and PTA 104, 104L, 105, and 109, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 201L, 110, and 207, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 203 Physical Therapy Procedures IV (3 credits)

    This is the study of additional disabilities that may require PT interventions as in PTA 201. These include the pathology, signs, symptoms, psychosocial factors and physical therapy management of burns, neuromuscular diseases, traumatic head injuries, diabetes, cancer, cardiopulmonary disease, visual and auditory impairments, and obstetrics. Prerequisites: PTA 110, 201, and 207, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 204 and 208, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 204 Seminar (3 credits)

    This course explores the topic of death and dying, including the bereavement process, support systems for the grieving person, and ethical, legal, and cultural implications for the Physical Therapist Assistant. Multicultural Diversity and its impact on healthcare delivery is explored. Topics of research, quality assurance, risk management, ergonomics, complementary alternative medicine, work hardening, and functional capacity evaluations are presented. Domestic violence and sexual harassment and their implication to the Physical Therapist Assistant are discussed. Additional pathology topics including the obesity epidemic, rheumatology, hemophilia, GI, and endocrine systems, along with multiple system disorders are covered. Evaluative procedures such as diagnostic imaging, lab values, arterial blood gas interpretation, and pharmacology and their implications to Physical Therapist Assistants are introduced. Prerequisites: PTA major and PTA 110, 201, and 207, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 203 and 208, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 205 Advanced Clinical Training I (4 credits)

    Under direct supervision of a registered physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, the student will be able to synthesize acquired concepts and skills from the previous levels of clinical and didactic training. Prerequisites: PTA 201 and 207.

    PTA 206 Advanced Clinical Training II (4 credits)

    Under direct supervision of a registered physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, the student will be able to synthesize acquired concepts and skills from the previous levels of clinical and didactic training. The clinical experience follows the completion of all required physical therapy courses. Prerequisites: PTA 203, 204, 205, and 208, or permission of instructor; PTA majors only.

    PTA 206 Advanced Clinical Training II (4 credits)

    Under direct supervision of a registered physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, the student will be able to synthesize acquired concepts and skills from the previous levels of clinical and didactic training. The clinical experience follows the completion of all required physical therapy courses. Prerequisite: PTA 203, 204, 205 and 208 or Permission of Instructor; PTA majors only. Summer sessions only.

    PTA 207 Functional Anatomy II (3 credits)

    A continuation of PTA 105, this course includes body landmarks, origins, insertions, actions, and innervation of the upper extremity, head, neck and trunk, ascending and descending nerves, cranial nerves and autonomic nervous system. Goniometry and muscle testing, and palpation of individual muscles will be learned on the upper extremity and trunk. Course consists of 2 classroom hours and 1 laboratory hour. Prerequisites: PTA major and PTA 104, 104L, 105, and 109; co-requisites: PTA 110 and 201, or permission of instructor.

    PTA 208 Seminar II: Strategies for Success (2 credits)

    This course synthesizes knowledge gained from each course taken within the PTA curriculum to better prepare the graduate for entry level career positions. The student will learn how to organize and review the vast amounts of material that have been presented to them in the PTA curriculum. The student will undergo a collegial-level review process, log formative feedback, and self-reflect to identify learning needs and individual weaknesses regarding content of PTA courses and the NPTE-PTA exam. This course is geared towards preparing the student to successfully complete the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTE) and navigate various forms and fees required for certification in New York State. Prerequisites: PTA major and PTA 110, 201, and 207, or permission of instructor; co-requisites: PTA 203 and 204.