A survey of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development through the total life span. Emphasis is on the normal changes in human behavior that result from continuous interaction of maturation and experience. Cross-cultural comparisons of developmental patterns are also considered.
This course provides an in-depth study of the skeletal system as it pertains to physical therapy. Emphasis is on the application of skeletal anatomy, including joints and their structures, providing a foundation for an understanding of human movement and posture. Learning and practicing palpation skills of bony land¬marks prepares the student for applying the theory and technique of goniometry (joint measurement). Additional units include pas¬sive range of motion and testing and charting skills. Students will take part in classroom laboratory practice sessions as they learn to apply the skills. Satisfactory completion of this course required for continuation into the second semester of the PTA Program. Lab Fee
This course provides the foundation for many other courses in the Psychology and Education major by introducing students to the principles of conditioning and learning, and behavior analysis concepts. Basic concepts and skills assist students in the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions in a variety of applied settings.
In this course students learn and practice theory, principles and technical skills of selected physical therapy modalities. Units include hydrotherapy; radiant, thermal and electrotherapy modalities; intermittent and sequential compression; and application of sterile techniques and bandaging. Students learn the foundations of aquatic therapies and take part in an aquatic lab session at a local clinical facility. Documentation skills are practiced and assessed throughout the semester. Students will prepare and present an analysis of a research article to their peers using presentation software. Lab Fee
The study of psychopathology in individuals from four current points of view: psychiatric (biophysical), intrapsychic, phenomenological, and behavioral. Special attention will be paid to describing psychopathology in terms of behaviors. The course will also include current approaches to assessment and treatment.
This course will provide an in-depth study of the anatomy of the neuromuscular and respiratory systems as it relates to physical therapy. Emphasis is on the application of anatomy to an understanding of normal and abnormal human movement in exercise, locomotion, and other motor skills of daily living. Theory and techniques of manual muscle testing, stretching, and respiratory physical therapy techniques are topics included during the semester. Students take part in classroom laboratory practice sessions as they learn to apply the skills. Lab Fee
Health Psychology is the study of how psychosocial factors relate to the promotion and maintenance of good health/wellness and with the causation, prevention and treatment of illness. A biopsychosocial approach is applied to this understanding.
This course provides study of the pathological conditions resulting from disease or injury to selected systems of the body, focusing on the musculoskeletal, respiratory, and immune systems. Each unit will emphasize the signs and symptoms, as well as the physical therapy measures commonly employed in the treatment of these conditions. Lab Fee
This course is designed as an overview and introduction of some common drugs and the subsequent behaviors/ outcomes related to their use (e.g. addictions, abuse, and dependence). The societal impact, as well as the affects drugs have on the individual (psychologically and physiologically) will be explored. In addition, the issues of treatment and prevention will be investigated and identified.
This course is an introduction to the biological, psychological and social aspects of human sexuality. Topics to be covered include sexual beliefs and values, sexual development, male and female anatomy and physiology, the sexual response cycle, sexual health and wellness, pregnancy, contraception, sexual orientation issues, intimate relationships, sexual dysfunction, and sexual abuse. This course will allow the student an opportunity to build and/or examine their own set of sexual values. Since values are based upon knowledge, students will be required to demonstrate an understanding of information regarding the physiological, psychological and social aspects of human sexual behavior.