PTA 100 SL - Introduction to Physical Therapy I
An introduction to the profession of physical therapy presented with an emphasis on the definition of the role and education of the Physical Therapist Assistant. Includes an outline of the history and development of medicine, basic knowledge of SOAP note writing, medical terminology, health care institutional organization, ethics, medical-legal aspects of patient care, and fiscal considerations. Interpersonal skills and professional/patient interactions are discussed. This course is designated as a service learning course. The service learning component of the course requires the completion of 50 hours of approved volunteer/service learning experience in a hospital physical therapy department prior to the start of the course.
Prerequisites: 50 service learning hours in a hospital physical therapy department
Corequisite: PTA 104 Basic Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Prior or Concurrent: BIO 131 Human Biology I, PHY 118 Physics for Physical Therapist Assistants
4 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Describe the history and the roles of medicine, physical therapy, the State Board of Physical Therapy, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and the American Physical Therapy Association.
2. Summarize the standards of practice, ethical conduct, federal laws and New York State practice act for physical therapy.
3. Describe and demonstrate cultural competence.
4. Discuss the team approach to health care and the Physical Therapist Assistant's role within the team, including supervisory responsibilities and the relationship of the Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, and other health care personnel.
5. Define and use medical terminology at the introductory level.
6. Demonstrate the use of SOAP notation in patient record keeping.
7. Discuss and demonstrate compliance with HIPAA regulations.
8. Explain the purpose, standards and procedures established for the clinical training of Physical Therapist Assistant students at Broome Community College.
9. List and describe, in general terms, different patient conditions treated in physical therapy and the importance of evidence based practice.
10. Apply an ethical decision making process.
11. Demonstrate therapeutic communication.
12. Discuss the use of the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice and quality assurance in physical therapy.
13. Define and demonstrate evidence based practice.
14. Describe reimbursement issues related to providing quality physical therapy interventions.
15. Complete a learning style inventory, and recognize and implement individual learning style skills based on the outcome of the inventory.
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