Physical Therapist Assistant
4½ Semester Program
Instructor: Nelson, Shaw
An Associate of Applied Science degree requiring 93 credits as listed below, and a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree, are available. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is awaiting accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Provided the program is awarded Accreditation, Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national examination for registration/licensure for Physical Therapist Assistants.
Every course must be completed with a "C" or better. If a student receives a grade lower than a "C" they will be dismissed from the program. They will be offered the opportunity to petition for re-entry into the program for the following year, however, re-entry is not guaranteed and is up to the discretion of the program coordinator.
Required Courses:BIOL 202 General Zoology 3 cr BIOS 301 Anatomy & Physiology 4 cr BIOS 302 Anatomy & Physiology 4 cr ENGL 101 English Composition 3 cr ENGL 102 Critical Reading & Writing 3 cr HO 106 Medical Terminology 2 cr HO 107 Medical Law & Ethics 3 cr MATH 107 Intermediate Algebra 3 cr PSYCH 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 cr PTA 100 Technical General Education 1-16 cr PTA 105 Introduction to Physical Therapy 3 cr PTA 106 Applied Kinesiology 4 cr PTA 107 Procedures I 5 cr PTA 200 Clinical Pathology 3 cr PTA 201 Procedures II 5 cr PTA 202 Physical Therapy Assessment 4 cr PTA 203 Therapeutic Exercise 5 cr PTA 204 Seminar 3 cr PTA 210 Clinical Affiliation I 3 cr PTA 211 Clinical Affiliation II 7 cr PTA 212 Clinical Affiliation III 7 cr
Elective Courses:BIOS 206 Cell Biology 3 cr BIOS 207 Cell Biology Lab 1 cr BIOS 221 Introduction to Microbiology 3 cr BIOS 230 Bioethics 3 cr BIOS g303 Principles of Animal Physiology 4 cr BIOS 305 Introduction to Pathobiology 3 cr BIOS 306 Lab Exercises in Pathobiology 1 cr BIOS g310 Invertebrate Zoology 4 cr BIOS g314 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4 cr BIOS g324 Comparative Embryology and Human Development 4 cr BIOS g332 Biochemistry 3 cr BIOS 341 Medical Microbiology 2 cr BIOS 342 Basic Immunology 2 cr BIOS g351 Immunology 3 cr BIOS 353 Immunology Lab 1 cr BIOS g355 Pathogenic Microbiology 3 cr BIOS 357 Pathogenic Microbiology Lab 2 cr BIOS 358 Genetics 3 cr BIOS g400 Oral Histology and Embryology 3 cr BIOS g419 Mammalian Histology 4 cr BIOS g420 Musculo-skeletal Anatomy 2 cr BIOS 423 Parasitology 3 cr BIOS g430 Human Performance Physiology 4 cr BIOS g440 Human Gross Anatomy 4 cr BIOS g441 Mammalogy 3 cr BIOS g443 Endocrinology 3 cr BIOS g444 General Pathology 4 cr BIOS g445 Biochemistry 3 cr BIOS g447 Biochemistry II 3 cr BIOS g449 Human Physiology 4 cr BIOS g450 Head and Neck Anatomy 3 cr BIOS g 454 Advanced Immunology 3 cr BIOS g456 Human Physiology 4 cr BIOS g460 Neuroanatomy 2 cr BIOS g463 Human Pathophysiology 4 cr CHEM 101 Essentials of Chemistry I 5 cr CHEM 102 Essentials of Chemistry II 5 cr CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 5 cr CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4 cr CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Systems 3 cr HCA 350 Organized Behavior in Health Care 3 cr HCA g383 Epidemiology 3 cr HCA 384 Human Resource Management in Health Care Organizations 3 cr MATH 143 College Algebra 3 cr MATH 144 Trigonometry 2 cr MATH 147 Precalculus 5 cr MATH 170 Calculus I 4 cr PHYS 111 General Physics I 3 cr PHYS 112 General Physics II 3 cr PHYS 113 General Physics Lab 1 cr PHYS 114 General Physics Lab 1 cr PSYC 211 Personality and Adjustment 3 cr PSYC 225 Child Psychology 3 cr PSYC 301 Abnormal Psychology I 3 cr
For course descriptions of the academic courses required by the Physical Therapist Assistant A.A.S. degree, see the College of Arts and Sciences.
Technical General Education Elective
TGE 140 First Year Seminar 1 credit. This course provides an introduction to the nature of postsecondary education and a general orientation to the functions and resources at Idaho State University. This course is designed to help first-year and transfer students adjust to the University, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential survival skills. The course utilizes presenters from various campus support systems, collaborative learning activities, and written assignments which involve student resources and activities on campus. The course also provides a support group of students in a critical transition year by examining problems common to first-year experience. It covers University resources, learning strategies, study techniques, test anxiety, time management, test preparation, and problem solving.
HO 106 Medical Terminology 2 credits. Body systems approach to theory and application of medical terms including anatomical, pathological, surgical and diagnostic as well as appropriate abbreviations.
HO 107 Medical Law & Ethics 3 credits. Principles and application of law to health care organizations and personnel, standards of care and liability; covers tort, contract and statutory law.
PTA 100 Technical General Education 1-16 credits. The basic mathematical skills of fractions, decimals, percents, proportions are reviewed. Also, for technical fields, beginning algebra through the application of the quadratic equation is studied. An experiment-based science class that emphasizes development and application of equations and problem-solving techniques is taught. Communication skills, critical thinking and basic technical writing are stressed.
PTA 105 Introduction to Physical Therapy 3 credits. Roles and responsibilities of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants will be explored, as well as, the history of physical therapy. Includes patient care, legal issues, principles of physical therapy treatment, education requirements, and functions of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Local physical therapy facilities visited. PREREQ: Admission to the PTA program.
PTA 106 Applied Kinesiology 4 credits. Studies the human anatomy with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, identification of structures and relationship to function, normal and abnormal biomechanical principles of joint motion and gait patterns. PREREQ: PTA 105, BIOL 202, BIOS 301.
PTA 107 Procedures I 5 credits. Procedures related to physical therapy treatment, including, universal precautions, principles of physics, anatomy, kinesiology, heat, cold, sound and their use in therapeutics. Also, transfer training, ROM, ultrasound, wheelchair, and wound management. PREREQ: *Must be a second year student in good standing. PTA 105, & 106.
PTA 200 Clinical Pathology 3 credits. An overview of basic disease processes and classification with special emphasis on musculoskeletal and nervous system pathologies which are treated with physical therapy. PREREQ: *Must be a second year student in good standing. PTA 106, & 107, BIOL 202, BIOS 301.
PTA 201 Procedures II 5 credits. A continuation of Procedures I, including electrical stimulation theory and techniques for applying variations of electrical current, biofeedback, traction, intermittent venous compression prosthetics and orthotics. PREREQ: PTA 107, 200, 202, & 210.
PTA 202 Physical Therapy Assessment 4 credits. Observation skills, tests and measurements in physical therapy including manual muscle testing, goniometry, balance, gait and posture assessment as related to patient progress. PREREQ: PTA 105, BIOL 202, BIOS 301.
PTA 203 Therapeutic Exercise 5 credits. Therapeutic exercise principles and practices related to patient treatment. Includes stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, other rehab techniques like NDT, Rood, Brunnstrum, cardiopulmonary rehab, and exercise equipment. PREREQ: *Must be second year student in good standing. PTA 106, & 107.
PTA 204 Seminar 3 credits. Current practices and issues in physical therapy. Includes clinical problem solving, ethics, legal aspects, reimbursement, case management, research, and employment issues. PREREQ: *Must be a second year student in good standing. PTA 200, 201, 202, & 210. There are three clinical education classes which may require relocation outside of Pocatello for the period of the class. All housing, transportation, food and extraneous costs are the responsibility of the student.
PTA 210 Clinical Affiliation I 3 credits. Clinical instructor supervised, four-week clinical experience in the Fall of the second year. Experience will focus on Physical Therapy Aide Skills. PREREQ: *Must be a second year student in good standing. PTA 106, & 107.
PTA 211 Clinical Affiliation II 7 credits. Clinical instructor supervised, eight-week clinical experience starting in February of the second year. Experience will focus on enhancing Physical Therapist Assistant skills in the treatment setting. PREREQ: *Must be a second year student in good standing. PTA 107, PTA 200, PTA 202, PTA 210.
PTA 212 Clinical Affiliation III 7 credits. Clinical instructor supervised, eight-week clinical experience starting in late May of the second year. Experience will focus on performing Physical Therapist Assistant skills at a professional level in preparation for entering the workforce. PREREQ: *Must be a second year student in good standing. PTA 203, 204, 210, & 211.
PTA 299 Special Topics (variable) 1-8 credits. This course is designed to address the specific needs of individuals. It will enable the students to upgrade their technical skills through part-time enrollment in units of instruction that are currently available through the program's full-time pre-employment curriculum. Permission of the instructor is required.
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Revised: February 2000