PTA 102 - Introduction to Rehabilitation
A theoretical and applied study of rehabilitation techniques used in the field of physical therapy. The course includes the study of principles of normal body alignment, body mechanics, posture, balance and cultural competence. Topics include bed positioning, moving and lifting the dependent patient, as well as the techniques of goniometrics, transfer and elevation activities, passive and self range of motion exercises. Emphasis is on orthopedic and neurologic treatment techniques, including the therapeutic gymnasium, wheelchairs and assistive devices, orthotics, prosthetics, and the exploration of architectrual barriers. In addition, interventions for the pediatric patient and patients with amputaions are explored.
Corequisites: PTA 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy II, PTA 103 Physical Agents and Massage
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
1. Perform all modalities/interventions/assessments presented in lab/lecture in a safe and technically competent manner, including bed modality, transfers, ambulation training, goniometry, ROM, NDT, PNF, orthotics/prosthetics, and balance and coordination exercise.
2. Explain and discuss his/her role as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the application of interventions and the patient examination/evaluation process.
3. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills in establishing patient/therapist rapport, communicating adequate instruction/explanation orally and in writing; concerning all interventions with patient, peers, and other caregivers.
4. Identify architectural barriers.
5. Define and describe Activities of Daily Living (ADL), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL), and explain their impact on patient care.
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