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Principles of Radiologic Imaging 2

In this course, students will focus on image quality through an in-depth study of influencing factors. A diagnostic problem-solving approach to image analysis will be presented with emphasis on forming accurate and predictable corrective action plans. In addition, students will compare and contrast basic features and functions of specialized imaging equipment with those of the conventional x-ray unit. Lab Fee

Functional Techniques

This course teaches the application of principles and basic treatment techniques for rehabilitation as they relate to functional skills. Students learn and practice techniques for performing and teaching skills in ambulation and activities of daily living, and participate in a community wheelchair experience to assist in the understanding of architectural barriers and accessibility. Additional topics include units on industrial rehabilitation and wheelchair maintenance, as well as limited clinical observation in local physical therapy facilities. Lab Fee

Patient Care in Radiologic Science

The focus of this course is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for providing safe and compassionate patient care. Addressing the needs of a diverse population presenting for care in a hospital setting will be explored. Effective communication methods will be emphasized. Students will examine several patient care skill sets required of the radiologic technologist within their daily responsibilities. Basic pharmacology as it relates to the medical imaging department will be presented. Lab Fee

Pediatrics

This course incorporates the study of reflex and child development as it sets the foundation for healthy adult movement patterns. Discussion will include various theory and treatment principles, including sensory integration, as they relate to pediatric physical therapy. Common pediatric diagnoses will be studied with emphasis on signs and symptoms, treatment regimen, and implementation strategies for rehabilitation. Students will travel to a local school to observe the pediatric physical therapy setting. Lab Fee

Focused Neurology

This course introduces more advanced techniques of therapeutic exercise with emphasis on applications for patients with neurological disabilities. Course lecture component includes discussion of related neuropathology. The course also provides instruction on specific physical therapy techniques used with individuals who have spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. The student will take part in classroom laboratory practice sessions as they learn to apply the skills. Lab Fee

Advanced Intervention Techniques

This course introduces the student to many advanced treatment interventions utilized in a variety of physical therapy settings. The course includes units of study on exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetics. Basic and advanced soft tissue mobilization theory and techniques will be presented. The students will be introduced to select manual therapy techniques employed in the clinic. The students will take part in classroom laboratory practice sessions as they learn to apply the skills.

Concepts in Physical Therapist Assisting

This course is an introduction to the methods of referral, reporting, recording and record keeping in the clinical situation. The role of the physical therapy administrator and issues surrounding reimbursement are discussed. Students will be introduced to special equipment and procedures used in the hospital setting with special emphasis on the critical/intensive care unit. Applications of first aid in the physical therapy field are discussed. Students have an opportunity to discuss the clinical experiences in which they are participating (PTA 221), particularly with emphasis on the physical therapist assistant interactions with staff and patients. Assignments involve considerable review, research and writing related to clinical experiences. Lab Fee

Clinical Experience

Weekly sessions will be spent in area health settings where the student will have an opportunity to apply in the clinical setting the skills developed in earlier course work. Treatment and patient care will be carried out under the supervision of qualified physical therapists and/or physical therapist assistants. Emphasis will also be placed on observing and reporting patients’ responses to treatment. An ongoing journal of student clinical experiences is required. Criminal background check and CPR certification must be current anytime the student is in the clinical setting. Lab Fee

Seminar in Physical Therapist Assisting

A course designed to foster integration of concepts and skills from previous courses with those gained in the clinical setting including a forum for discussion of clinical experiences. The course includes units on employability skills; communication; geriatrics; cultural diversity and its effects on health care; and the relationship of law, the code of ethics for the profession and standards of practice to the role of the physical therapist assistant. Current trends and issues in physical therapy are discussed along with the role of the professional organization for physical therapy. Assignments include considerable review, research and writing related to clinical experiences and evidenced based practice with emphasis on the psychological and sociological aspects of illness and injury. A cumulative final exam covering the Physical Therapist Assistant program content is included. Lab Fee

Coordinated Clinical Experience 1

Note: criminal background check and CPR certification must be current anytime the student is in the clinical setting. Weekly sessions will be spent in area health settings where the student will have an opportunity to apply in the clinical setting the skills developed in earlier course work. Treatment and patient care will be carried out under the supervisor of qualified physical therapists and/or physical therapist assistants. Emphasis will also be placed on observing and reporting patients’ response to treatment. An ongoing journal of student clinical experience is required. Lab Fee