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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Physical Therapy (P T)

P T 100S Physical Therapist Assistant-Introduction (3) Orientation to the field of physical therapy, historical background of the profession, professional ethics, medical terminology, and patient care techniques with First Year Seminar requirements.

P T 100S Physical Therapist Assistant-Introduction (3)

This course is a general introduction into the field of physical therapy. The definition, role, and function of the physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, and other health care providers, as members of the health care team will be covered. The history of physical therapy and the physical therapist assistant will be reviewed. The organization of the physical therapy department and the health care team will be detailed. Each student will be expected to recognize and understand the professional code of ethics and standards that apply to the practice of a physical therapist assistant. The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice will be introduced. Documentation, medical vocabulary and abbreviations commonly used in physical therapy will be studied. The student as a health professional will be examined including stress management, teaching and learning techniques. Laboratory topics include an introduction to body mechanics, vital signs, infection control techniques, draping and positioning techniques, transfers, gait training and wheelchair mobility.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisite: Prerequisite or Concurrent:BIOL 129

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


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