2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PTA 218 - Focused Neurology

3 CR
This course introduces more advanced techniques of therapeutic exercise with emphasis on applications for patients with neurological disabilities. The course lecture component includes a 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

Additional Information: Formal admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program required.
Requisites: Take PTA 116  and PTA 120  with at least a grade of C.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe rehabilitation approaches for neurologically involved patients in Physical Therapy settings.
  2. Design programs of therapeutic exercise for neurologically involved patients.
  3. Discuss the evolution of the therapeutic exercise approaches used with neurologically involved patients.
  4. Identify the theory and rationale related to each of the selected therapeutic exercise techniques and ADL programs performed in the laboratory and/ or discussed in the classroom.
  5. Describe the techniques used in functional activities of daily living training programs for the neurologically involved patient.
  6. Relate specific neurological patient disabilities to appropriate programs of therapeutic exercise and functional activity training.
  7. Examine physical therapy treatment related to traumatic brain injury.
  8. Use basic terminology related to selected diseases and conditions that relate to the central and peripheral nervous systems.
  9. Summarize the effects of pathology affecting the central and peripheral nervous systems.
  10. Describe the pathophysiological process and/ or anatomical changes that occur in central and peripheral nervous systems pathologies.
  11. Describe the clinical signs and symptoms related to central and peripheral nervous systems pathologies.
  12. Describe the medical, surgical, and/ or physical treatment of central and peripheral nervous systems pathologies.
  13. Describe the anatomical physiological changes that occur following spinal cord injury.
  14. Describe acute and long term care for the spinal cord injured patient.
  15. Demonstrate the proper techniques necessary to fully rehabilitate an SCI patient.
  16. Describe specialty exercises to include: neuromuscular reeducation, relaxation exercises, circulation exercises.
  17. Apply the ICF model to identify impairments, activity and participation limitations of a patient with a neurological diagnosis.
  18. Demonstrate professional behaviors in the classroom, clinical, and course-related settings.