Fundamentals of Physical Therapist Assisting

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals in physical therapist assisting. It incorporates traditional approaches to therapeutic exercise and techniques of rehabilitation, including units on positioning, wheelchair management, ambulation and transfers. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on safe performance of skills through the understanding, as well as the application, of good body mechanics. Units on vital signs, basic aseptic techniques, and general topics such as legal and ethical considerations in physical therapy are included. Medical terminology is learned, practiced, and assessed throughout the semester. Students visit local physical therapy settings for observational experiences at which time the role of the physical therapist assistant is emphasized. Criminal background check and CPR certification must be current anytime the student is in the clinical setting. Satisfactory completion of this course required for continuation into the second semester of the PTA Program. Lab Fee

Social Psychology

Social Psychology is the scientific study of how people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the actual or imagined presence of other people. The course helps students understand their own thoughts, feelings and actions, and the social contexts that influence them. They learn how applied research in social psychology can help improve physical and psychological health, how it can be used in different professions, and to help address a variety of social problems.

Introduction to Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between behaviors, memory, emotions, perceptions and human brain function. Brain dysfunction, disease and mental illness are also examined in relationship to the normal and abnormal functioning of the brain. A biopsychosocial approach is applied to this understanding.

Special Topics in Psychology

This course is the study of content areas in psychology which have a research or theoretical base, but are not offered as part of the regular curriculum. Topics may include conflict/aggression, creativity, self-management, and rehabilitation. Although topics vary, students may only take the course once.

Criminal Psychology

Students will explore current research and psychological and sociological theories regarding the effects of specific mental disorders, personality, biological influences, developmental issues, and social/environmental contributors to both general criminal behaviors, as well as specific crimes and criminal conduct. Also discussed/explored will be the psychological effects of crime on the victim and society at large, as well as introduction to the profiling and prediction of criminal and violent behaviors.

Human Sexuality

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.

Addiction and Human Behavior

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.

Health Psychology

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.

Abnormal Psychology

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.

Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

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.