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2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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.


Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisites:  50 service learning hours in a hospital physical therapy department

Corequisite:  PTA 104L Basic Musculoskeletal Anatomy

Prior or Concurrent:  BIO 131 Anatomy & Physiology I, PHY 118 Physics for Physical Therapist Assistants

Credits: 4
4 Class Hours
Course Profile
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, state and federal laws and the New York State Practice Act for Physical Therapy.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills through the analysis of situations related to biomedical ethics, confidentiality, and healthcare equity.
  4. Complete appropriate documentation in patient record keeping.
  5. Characterize the practice of Physical Therapy.
  6. Demonstrate therapeutic communications.
  7. Delineate learning styles and their impact on teaching and learning.
  8. Discuss the Psychosocial Aspects of Heath Care.
  9. Explain the purpose, standards and procedures established for the clinical training of Physical Therapist Assistant.
  10. Discuss basic pharmacology.
  11. Participate and reflect on a service-learning experience as it relates to civic involvement and the comparative analysis of roles and mission, as they relate to the field of physical therapy.
  12. Display good body mechanics.
  13. Demonstrate the use of universal precautions, clean and sterile aseptic technique.
  14. Describe cultural competence and demonstrate steps taken to progress towards cultural competence.