PHT 1128C – Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology I

Course Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program
Course Corequisites: PHT 1250C and PHT 2220C

This lecture and laboratory course introduces the basic principles of biomechanics and kinesiology as they pertain to human movement. Students study the osteology of the human body and identify anatomical landmarks through use of palpation skills. This course discusses myology and neurology of the abdomen, back, pelvic girdle, and lower extremities, and provides an introduction to the upper extremity, head, and neck. Manual muscle testing and basic therapeutic exercise, as applied to the lower extremities and gait evaluation, is also included in this course.

PHT 1129C Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology II

Course Prerequisites: PHT 1250C, PHT 1128C
Course Corequisites: PHT 1213C, PHT 2252C

This lecture and laboratory course provides detailed instruction in the myology and neurology of the face, neck, shoulder girdle, and upper extremities. The lab portion of the course includes manual muscle testing and basic therapeutic exercise principles applied to the face and upper extremities. Students identify anatomical landmarks through the use of palpation skills. The course also covers basic neuroanatomy and motor learning as they relate to physical therapy.

PHT1213C PT Principles and Procedures

Course Prerequisites: PHT 1250C, PHT1128C
Course Corequisites: PHT 1129C, PHT 2252C

This lecture and laboratory course introduces the theory and practical application of the modalities and treatment procedures used in physical therapy. The course presents the application of treatments, as well as the associated physiological effects, indications, and contraindications. These treatments include thermal and mechanical agents, electrical stimulation, and chest physical therapy.

PHT1250C Introduction to Basic Patient Care

Course Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program
Course Corequisites: PHT 1128C, PHT 2220C

This is a lecture and laboratory course in which the student performs activities and modalities basic to physical therapy patient care. The curriculum emphasizes the development of psychomotor skills and an awareness of patient safety, including general indications and contraindications associated with each procedure. Students study and apply medical, anatomical, and physical therapy terminologies.

PHT1801L Physical Therapy Clinical Education I

Course Prerequisites: PHT 1250C, PHT 2220C, PHT 1128C, PHT 1129C, PHT 1213C, and PHT 2252C
Course Corequisites: BSC 2086

This course provides an experience in patient care within a professional clinical setting. This course emphasizes observation of techniques, demonstration of interpersonal skills, and application of skills learned in the classroom under the close supervision of a clinical instructor.

PHT 2220C Therapeutic Exercises in PT I

Course Prerequisites: Admission to the PTA Program
Course Corequisites: PHT 1128C, PHT 1250C

This lecture and laboratory course provides an introductory study of the neurophysiological, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular basis for application of therapeutic exercise. Students study various therapeutic exercise techniques, and the basis of these techniques as they apply to patient care in rehabilitation. This course prepares students for Therapeutic Exercises in Physical Therapy II (PHT 2221C).

PHT 2221C Therapeutic Exercises in PT II

Prerequisites: PHT 1801L; PHT 2220C

This lecture and laboratory course provides an introductory study of the neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular basis for application of therapeutic exercise, and is sequential in its progression of study from Therapeutic Exercises in Physical Therapy I (PHT 2220C). This course describes the general aspects of therapeutic exercise including, but not limited to, effects of medications on exercises, stages of rehabilitation, issues related to rehabilitation of amputees, and common indications and usages related to orthotics and prosthetics. Specific attention is given to the application of therapeutic exercise for specific body segments and/or joints of the upper extremities, lower extremities, and spine. The course also discusses application of gait training to various pathologies and/or problems.

PHT 2252C Orthopedic Disabilities and Rehabilitation

Course Prerequisites: PHT 1250C, PHT 1128C and PHI 2220C
Course Corequisites: PHT 1129C, PHT 1213C

This lecture and laboratory course introduces orthopedic diseases, syndromes, and injuries, with an emphasis on the conditions most commonly treated in physical therapy rehabilitation. Students apply basic anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology to common disorders seen in the musculoskeletal system. Students utilize this information to develop appropriate intervention strategies for rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal/orthopedic pathologies and conditions.

PHT 2253C Neurological Disabilities and Treatment

Course Prerequisite: PHT 2810L
Course Corequisites: PHT 2930

This lecture and laboratory course provides a study of diseases, syndromes, and injuries of neurological and neuromuscular origin. The course discusses the etiology, pathology, and appropriate physical therapy rehabilitation for these conditions. Areas covered include cerebellar disorders, peripheral neuropathies, intracranial hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease, and pediatrics.

PHT 2810L Physical Therapy Clinical Education II

Course Prerequisites: PHT 1801L, PHT 2221C, PHT 2931

This clinical experience focuses on the development of patient treatment skills. Students actively participate in direct patient care under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, and apply the information and skills studied in previous classes. Students are exposed to a number of diagnoses and are responsible for the preparation of a case study or clinical in-service.

PHT 2820L Physical Therapy Clinical Education III

Course Prerequisites: PHT 2810L, PHT 2930, PHT 2253C

This comprehensive clinical experience serves as the final preparation of the physical therapist assistant student. The clinical experience focuses on total patient care through the application of information and skills learned in previous classes, as well as time management, and interaction with other disciplines required for patient treatment. Students carry a small patient case load under the supervision of a physical therapist or assistant.

PHT 2930 Clinical Correlations in PT

Course Prerequisite: PHT 2810L
Course Corequisite: PHT 2253C

This course provides the student with the opportunity to participate in the integrated treatment of patients with selected diagnoses. Guest speakers lecture on their specialty areas and students demonstrate selected patient treatments. The course concludes with a comprehensive clinical competency exam.

PHT 2931 Trends in Physical Therapy

Course Prerequisite: PHT 1801L
Course Corequisites: PHT 2221C

This course discusses the structure and ethics of the physical therapy profession. American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) structure, function, and current legislative issues are discussed; students are exposed to reimbursement issues and the principles of interdisciplinary treatment approaches. The course emphasizes oral and written communication skills, biomedical ethics, and selected special topics that influence patient interaction.