Course Descriptions

PTA 150 Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration I

One semester hour
(One hour theory per week) This course will introduce concepts of leadership development through self-assessment of students own strengths and areas for improvement. Students will take part in the introspective assessments and developing leadership behaviors they can use in the physical therapy profession. The course will include the role of values in the ability to reflect on one's own leadership behaviors and the ability to make choices based on these values. This course will also serve to facilitate the process of incorporating the leadership and advanced practice skills from program coursework into contemporary practice.

PTA 250 Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration II

One semester hour
(One hour theory per week)  This course will broaden the application of leadership concepts from Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration I coursework, to application of leadership in the work setting. Students will learn methods for management of clinical components and marketing. The course will dive into quality assurance and process improvement within the work place. The course will include the role of values in the ability to apply management skills in the workplace. This course will also serve to facilitate the process of incorporating the leadership and advanced practice skills from program coursework into contemporary practice.
Prerequisite: PTA 150.

PTA 260 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics in Physical Therapy

Three semester hours
(Three hours theory per week) This course will provide the PTA a basis for advanced clinical practice including review of Ethics and Evidence Based Practice (EBP) skills necessary to become reflective practitioners and critical consumers of rehabilitation literature. This is done through exploring research philosophy, understanding critical inquire, research design, descriptive statistics, and concepts of correlation, reliability, and validity. In addition, concepts related to ethical obligations of healthcare practitioners, professionalism in practice, and the introduction of legal and moral issues and dilemmas regarding healthcare trends will be covered.
Prerequisite: ST 310 or concurrent.

PTA 307  Outcome Measures & Reporting for the PTA

Two semester hours
(Two hours theory per week) The purpose of this course is to provide the PTA with fundamental principles of utilizing and reporting functional outcome measures, as well as fiscal management in regards to coding, billing and reimbursement. This course will investigate the impact of healthcare reform and setting-specific assessments used in physical therapy documentation.

PTA 330  Advanced Neurological & Cardiopulmonary Interventions

Three semester hours
(Three hours theory per week) The purpose of this course is to help students understand the pathophysiological mechanisms of cardiopulmonary and neurological disease. Concepts in this course include physical therapy assessment tools, specialized physical therapy treatment strategies, and techniques including red flags for alerting supervising PTs or other medical staff.
*This course requires students to attend an On-Campus Experience (OCE) in order to complete course competencies
Prerequisite: PTA 335.

PTA 335  Advanced Musculoskeletal System Interventions

Three semester hours
(Three hours theory per week) This course will allow students to understand advanced musculoskeletal system interventions as well as the relationships and interdependence of body regions as applied to all populations. Students will gain knowledge regarding different advanced manual skills such as mobilization with movement, muscle energy techniques, postural restoration, and instrument aided soft tissue mobilization. The course will look at the differences in surgical procedures to treat musculoskeletal injuries and develop the students understanding of the biomechanics involved in different performance activities.
*This course requires students to attend an On-Campus Experience (OCE) in order to complete course competencies

PTA 350 Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration III

One semester hour
(One hour theory per week) This course will broaden the application of leadership concepts from the Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration I and II coursework to application of leadership at the organizational level. Students will gain understanding of the strengths-based leadership concept and apply leadership problem solving behaviors to organizations. The course will include the role of values in decision-making as they apply to organizations. This course will also serve to facilitate the process of incorporating the leadership and advanced practice skills from program coursework into contemporary practice.
Prerequisite: PTA 250.

PTA 370  Acute to Chronic Care in Physical Therapy

Three semester hours
(Three hours theory per week) This course expands on skills in order to incorporate physical therapy knowledge and theories in to the transitional care of a patient from ailment to return to functional life. Course topics include: acute care treatment, trauma, ICU and CCU, understanding relevant acute medical testing and measures. Additionally, pharmacological considerations, the effects of multiple system and mental health diseases, will be examined on how chronic illness inhabits multiple facets of the patient’s life.
*This course requires students to attend an On-Campus Experience (OCE) in order to complete course competencies

PTA 405  Advanced Multiple System Intervention and Care through the Lifespan

Three semester hours
(Three hours theory per week) This course will explore treatment of patients with complex medical conditions seen in physical therapy and the system interdependence of individuals with multiple comorbidities. Additionally, nutritional, pharmacological and psychological considerations will be addressed. The course will also cover the medical and social transition of patients among healthcare settings, end of life care and therapy considerations for patients with medical conditions across the lifespan.
*This course requires students to attend an On-Campus Experience (OCE) in order to complete course competencies
Prerequisite: PTA 370.

PTA 450♦ Clinical Leadership & Practice Integration IV

One semester hour
(One hour theory per week) This course will broaden the application of leadership concepts from the Clinical Leadership and Practice Integration I, II, and III coursework to application of leadership in the community. Students will learn core practices of exemplary leadership and apply leadership problem solving behaviors to the community. The course will include the role of values in decision-making as they apply to the community. This course will also serve to facilitate the process of incorporating the leadership and advanced practice skills from program coursework into contemporary practice.
Prerequisite: PTA 350.