2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PTA 220 - Concepts in Physical Therapist Assisting

2 CR
This course is an introduction to the methods of referral, reporting, recording, and record-keeping in the clinical situation. The role of the physical therapy administrator and issues surrounding reimbursement are discussed. Students will be introduced to special equipment and procedures used in the hospital setting with special emphasis on the critical/intensive care unit. Applications of first aid in the physical therapy field are discussed. Students have an opportunity to discuss the clinical experiences in which they are participating, particularly with an emphasis on the physical therapist assistant interactions with staff and patients. Assignments involve considerable review, research, and writing related to clinical experiences.

Additional Information: Formal admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program required.
Requisites: Take PTA 118  and PTA 119  with at least a grade of C.
General Education Requirement: Effective Communication - Applied Core
Course Learning Outcomes:
  1. Summarize methods of and the need for effective marketing of the Physical Therapy service.
  2. Document patient care in a manner that communicates clearly, provides legal protection, and enhances the chances of reimbursement.
  3. Outline the importance of accuracy and confidentiality in records and record-keeping in Physical Therapy.
  4. Examine various types of specialized equipment used in hospital settings.
  5. Summarize common clinical laboratory results and physical therapy treatment concerns for patients with abnormal clinical laboratory readings.
  6. Demonstrate basic isolation and first aid procedures (to include Blood Borne pathogens).
  7. Describe the role of administration and the administrator in Physical Therapy.
  8. Discuss issues and terminology surrounding reimbursement for health care and physical therapy services.
  9. Identify the elements of effective interpersonal interactions within Physical Therapy.
  10. Evaluate the total care of patients treated in the physical therapy clinical setting.
  11. Identify individual continuing education needs, take appropriate steps to meet those needs and share the knowledge gained.
  12. Demonstrate professional behaviors in the classroom, clinical, and course-related settings.