Feb 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

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 architectural barriers.  In addition, interventions for the pediatric patient and patients with amputations are explored.

Prerequisite- Corequisite
Corequisites:  PTA 101 Introduction to Physical Therapy II, PTA 103 Physical Agents and Massage

Credits: 4
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Course Profile
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.
  2. Describe etiology, clinical picture, precautions and complications, functional significance, patient management, and overall goals of rehabilitation for patients.
  3. Instruct patient, family and colleagues, using teaching methods commensurate with the needs of the learner, to achieve the goals as outlined in the plan of care.
  4. Explain the immobilization syndrome.
  5. Instruct a patient in Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL).
  6. Identify architectural barriers.
  7. Display good body mechanics.
  8. Describe the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the human body.
  9. Identify a variety of braces, orthotics, and prosthetics including components, the material used in fabrication, advantages, disadvantages, indications, and contraindications.