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Physical Therapy (P T)

P T 203 The Rehabilitation of the Lower Extremity Amputee (1) Students will be introduced to the rehabilitation process involved with a patient who has a lower extremity amputation.

P T 203 The Rehabilitation of the Lower Extremity Amputee (1)

The students will be introduced to the rehabilitation process involved with a patient who has a lower extremity amputation. Course objectives include identifying the reasons for lower extremity amputations, understanding pre and post - operative care of the amputee, being familiar with various feet, sockets, knees and suspensions of a prosthesis, explaining the different characteristics between various levels of lower extremity amputations, understanding the importance of skin care and proper footwear for contralateral limb, and demonstrating an understanding of an appropriate therapeutic exercise program for a patient with a lower extremity amputation. To achieve these objectives, students will be involved in lectures, small group discussions, and laboratory experiences with amputee patients, and utilization of information/research from the library and Internet resources. Students will obtain "hands-on" laboratory experiences with people who have lower extremity amputations. Evaluation of the student's performance will be based on class attendance, class participation and class project/presentation. The course will expand on the general amputee information presented in the current Physical Therapists Assistant curriculum. Frequency of offering will depend on student interest, faculty availability and campus preference, but can be up to once an academic year. Frequency is at the discretion of each individual campus. Enrollment will vary due to the above stated circumstances.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003
Prerequisite: P T 100, P T 384

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.