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


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

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

Neurological Concepts

This in-depth study of the anatomy and physiology of the human nervous system includes the central, peripheral, and autonomic systems. Units on theory and treatment techniques of coordination, motor control, and neuromuscular re-education emphasize the application of anatomy into function. Students in classroom laboratory-supervised practice sessions apply the concepts learned. Lab Fee


In this course principles and techniques of basic therapeutic exercise and related treatments for the individual with orthopedic conditions are emphasized. Course covers signs and symptoms, surgical interventions, treatment regimen, and implications for rehabilitation topics. Students will take part in classroom laboratory practice sessions as they learn to apply the skills. Lab Fee

Pathology 2

This course is a continuation of PTA 117, Pathology 1. Emphasis will be placed on the study of pathological conditions, focusing on the cardiovascular and integumentary system, resulting from disease and/or injury. Signs and symptoms, as well as therapeutic measures related to physical therapy, will be a major focus. Course includes discussion of wellness and implementation of a personal wellness plan. Lab Fee

Pathology 1

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

Kinesiology 2

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

Physical Therapy Modalities

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

Kinesiology 1

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