2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2023  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PTA 120 - Neurological Concepts

1 CR
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.

Additional Information: Formal admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program required.
Requisites: Take PTA 114  and PTA 116  with at least a grade of C.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Predict basic neuroembryology with respect to the development of the nervous system.
  2. Apply neurophysiological knowledge of neurons to explain motor output.
  3. Classify the neurological structures found in the spinal cord, the cranial nerves and the coverings of the brain and spinal cord.
  4. Relate the role of the autonomic nervous system to motor output.
  5. Relate the necessity of the normal flow of blood to the brain and the normal circulation of the cerebral spinal fluid to the proper functioning of the nervous system.
  6. Demonstrate how white and gray matter found in the nervous system may have influence over the nervous system.
  7. Correlate the anatomy and function of the spinal cord tracts to their influence over motor output.
  8. Demonstrate the techniques used in physical therapy intervention for data collection and therapeutic exercise programs for coordination.
  9. Explain the physiologic basis of nerve conduction and relate it to motor output.
  10. Interpret motor learning and motor control theories to applications of data collection and treatment strategies as seen in the physical therapy setting.
  11. Classify the role and function of the sensory receptors with respect to motor output.
  12. Demonstrate professional behaviors in the classroom, clinical and course-related settings.