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Physical Therapist Assistant Associate of Science Degree

Award: Associate of Science Degree

ANHO is pursuring an Application for Candidacy for Physical Therapy Assistant Accreditation with the Commission on Accredtitation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by CAPTE, 1111 North Fairfax Street, VA 22314; phone : 703-706-324; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for licensure examination, which is required in all states. ANHO is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist assistant education program from CAPTE. On December 1, 2017, the program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accredtiation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accredtiation status is required prior to implementation of the profressional /technical phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional /technical courses until Candiate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accredtitation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.

Program:  64 Semester Hours
Clinical:  12 Semester Hours
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   76 Semester Hours


Program Purpose: 1. This program prepares students to meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Education and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy for Phyical Therapist Assistant Education and eligibility for national licensing exams (NPTE). 2. This program prepares students to work as Physical Therapist Assistants in a variety of settings in a safe and effective manner and utilizes the professional behaviors and characteristics congruent with the role and scope of practice for Physical Therapist Assistant. 3. This program prepares students to utilize evidenced based, ethical and multi-cultural-based practice, and to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team utilizing interpersonal relationship / communication skills.

This program will include semester credit hours in the following General Education Courses: College Algebra, Communications, Intro to Psychology, College Writing, and Biology (Micro) followed by a Pre-Requisite Semester. Once these two semesters are completed successfully, students will then complete three semesters of technical Physical Therapy Assistant courses.

This program is offered utilizing a hybrid curriculum model designed to enhance student learning, utilizing sound Physical Therapist Assistant judgment in the care of patients. The student will implement and evaluate care given to individuals across the life span. Students will demonstrate caring and compassion while implementing safe and effective evidenced-based skills for individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Students will successfully demonstrate collaboration as part of a multi-disciplinary team and will incorporate ethical legal and current standards of care.

Students will be aware of the importance of life-long learning, taking responsibility for learning and teaching, utilizing critical thinking skills and utilizing employability skills. Active service opportunities will be made available, and required of students. The quest for excellence and safety will be promoted throughout the program.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the program the graduate will be able to:
  1. Facilitate patient care in an ethical legal safe and effective manner.
  2. Implement the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist utilizing current evidenced based theory, knowledge, and judgment related to skills and behaviors for data collection, intervention, assessment of response and appropriate documentation and reporting.
  3. Formulate effective and timely communication with the Physical Therapist, team members, patient, and family, including patient and family teaching recognizing diverse needs.
  4. Implement and modify the applications and interventions related to data collection, tests and measures, and patient status.
  5. Integrate the role and responsibility of the Physical Therapist Assistant in the Health Care environment for competent patient centered service oriented care delivery.


MTB1104 College Algebra
Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0 - offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course is a developmental Algebra course including step by step Algebra examples and strategies for avoiding mistakes. Students are taught concept connections and problem recognition to assist in problem solving, overcoming Algebra anxiety and improve performance on Algebra assessments. Students will utilize an Algebra text and practice examples. Homework practice will be supplemented with a student solutions manual so that solution methodologies for each type of Algebra problem can readily be practiced. Math concepts will include factorization, ratio and proportions, units of length, mass, capacity both U.S. and metric, and statistical solutions.

Student Learning OutcomesAt the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Perform basic Algebra functions
  • Describe units of measurement to include linear, angular, and volumetric
  • Graph and interpret data using X and Y coordinates
  • Describe and measure angles
  • Apply trigonometric concepts to include sine, cosine, tangent, Pythagorean theorem, and Inverse Square law
  • Solve multivariable Algebra problems


SPC1017 Communications
Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0 offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course will assist students in developing a foundation for communication strategies, defining purposes for communication and strengthen comprehension and competence of communication. Students will learn thought patterns, recognize organizational patterns and define the author’s purpose, tone, argument, data and evidence. Students will examine figurative language, generalizations, speaker’s assumptions and manipulative language. Students will apply communication skills working with context, word parts, context clues, and expression and communication tools. Key topics covered will be making inferences asking and answering critical questions to communicate effectively. There will be three speeches required a one minute, two minute, and three minute presentation using tools learned.

Student Learning OutcomesAt the conclusion of the course the student will be able to meet the following learning outcomes
  • Define the purpose for communication and comprehension
  • Recognize the functions of human wants, needs, desires, and attitudes as they influence human communicative behavior Develop flexibility using varied types of communication skills
  • Use correct citations to avoid plagiarism
PSY2012 Introductory Psychology
Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0 offered both hybrid or traditionally

This Introductory Psychology course assists students in learning psychology theory for application in their academic career and beyond into the world of work. The course covers thinking critically with psychological science, neuroscience and behavior, the nature and nurture of behavior, sensation, perception states of consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and work, emotion, stress and health, personality, and psychological disorders. Various therapeutic approaches are explored along with respect for human social needs and values without prejudice and recognition of work and dignity of each individual.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Recognize neural communication, the brain, the nervous system and the endocrine system as it relates to behavior.
  • Identify personality through the life stages throughout the continuum from pre-natal development through the lifespan.
  • Apply motivational concepts, emotional expression and stress management to enhance interpersonal interaction
  • Summarize psychological disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and related therapies
  • Describe group development and group dynamics, moral development and organizational behavior.


ENC1101 College Writing
Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0 offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course offers students a thorough understanding of the writing process and structure for College essays, reports and summaries. It will help the student make logical connections in their writing while using appropriate formatting and the basic principles of APA style and MLA style. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes.

Student Learning OutcomesAt the conclusion of the course students will be able to meet the following learning outcomes:
  • Understand the writing process and structure using revision, proofreading and formatting
  • Write descriptive, narrative and example essays
  • Relate logical connections using comparison, contrast, cause and effect and argumentative styles of writing
  • Write a summary utilizing multiple sources of information, and cite sources


MCB2010 Biology (Micro)
Semester Credit Hrs: 4.0 offered both hybrid or traditionally

This course in microbiology will include the chemistry of life, cell structure and function, safety and laboratory techniques and micro-organisms. Each system of the body will be addressed as it relates to infections. This course will also include how microorganisms affect the human body throughout the life span. Microorganisms in the community environment will be covered and environmental safety will be stressed.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of the course student will be able to:
  1. Define the scientific method
  2. Identify classification of microorganisms
  3. Identify cell functions, structure, and genetic concepts
  4. Describe the effect of infections as it relates to all the body systems including transmission
  5. Summarize environmental safety as it relates to how microorganisms transport the environment


BSC2087 – Anatomy and Physiology
BSC2087L- Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 6.0
Lab Semester Credit Hrs: 2.0

This course will provide students with the knowledge of anatomical structure, function, and dysfunction of the human body. Students will assimilate knowledge and understand the relationships of systems and functions. Normal and abnormal states will be compared and contrasted. Students will learn to evaluate wellness and disabilities of the human body.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe anatomical structure, function, and dysfunction of the human body cells organs and systems
  2. Identify body changes across the life span
  3. Demonstrate the ability to relate systems functions to one another
  4. Describe how individual systems are integrated to function together

SPhTA 1001 – Introduction to Physical Therapist Assistant with Lab
Course Semester Credit Hrs: 3.0
Lab semester Credit Hrs: 0.67 (20 Hours)

This course will provide students with the knowledge of the role and scope of practice for physical therapy assistants as an integral member of the healthcare delivery system. Wellness and disease concepts will be included along with ethical and legal issues. Students will be introduced to the use of exercise, assistive/supportive devices and specialized equipment, along with principles of physics.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Define the guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, standards of ethical conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant to meet the expectations of patients, members of the Physical Therapist profession and other procedures as necessary
  2. Define the scope of practice for the delivery of care
  3. Examine duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  4. Identify basic concepts in professional literature including but not limited to validity, reliability, and level of statistical significance
  5. Define effective communication with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  6. Identify procedures in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  7. Identify ways to increase patient and health care provider safety
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare delivery system and health occupations
  9. Demonstrate understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts
  10. Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities
  11. Define scope of practice
  12. Practice infection control procedures
  13. Identify procedures in implementing exercise, assistive/supportive devices and specialized equipment
  14. Define the basic mechanical principles of mass, pressure, lever systems, force systems, inertia, momentum, gravity, and friction
  15. Describe basic principles of electricity to include sound, light, electricity and electronic circuitry.
  16. Describe the effects of buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure.

SPhTA 1008 – Essentials of Patient Care with Lab
Course Semester Hrs: 3.0
Lab semester Credit Hrs: 0.67 (20 Hours)

This course will provide students with an understanding of the importance of safety and security while performing Physical Therapy Assistant procedures. Infection control, patient rights, and appropriate inter personal communication skills with patients and families. An understanding of self and others reactions in light of cultural religious and social differences will be explored in order to guide the skills needed to communicate and teach patients and families.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Interpret the guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, standards of ethical conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant to meet the expectations of patients, members of the Physical Therapist profession and other procedures as necessary
  2. Examine applicable institutional, state, and federal laws and regulations related to patient care and fiscal management
  3. Examine ethical principles such as reporting to appropriate authorities suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable population
  4. Describe the scope of practice for the delivery of care
  5. Recognize duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  6. Examine sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values
  7. Identify, respect, and act with consideration for patients differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all work-related activities
  8. Recognize and respond to emergency situations.
  9. Practice safety and security while performing Physical Therapy Assistant procedures.
  10. Recognize and practice infection control.
  11. Respond to patient’s needs as reflected in the patient’s bill of rights.
  12. Interact with patients and families in a manner demonstrating desired psycho-social support.
  13. Interpret own reaction to the patient’s illness or disability
  14. Recognize patient’s and family’s reactions to illness and disability

SPhTA 1004 - Ethical Legal Issues
Course Semester Hrs: 1.0

This course is designed for students to explore the legal and ethical issues confronting Physical Therapy Assistants in health care practice for inpatient, clinic, and home care situations. An exchange of ideas amongst peers gives an appreciation of differing views and perspective and the complex nature of the Physical Therapy Assistant’s responsibilities with in their scope of practice. This seminar will be offered at the end of the term to prepare students for the technical courses to follow in the next semesters.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, standards of ethical conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant to meet the expectations of patients, members of the Physical Therapist profession and other procedures as necessary
  2. Describe applicable institutional, state, and federal laws and regulations related to patient care and fiscal management
  3. Describe ethical principles such as reporting to appropriate authorities suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable populations
  4. Describe suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for Physical Therapy and other health care services
  5. Explain how to report suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for Physical Therapy and other health care services
  6. Describe sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values
  7. Interpret, respect, and act with consideration for patients differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all work-related activities
  8. Identify personal values
  9. Demonstrate behaviors that show respect for the values of others
  10. Describe ways to protect confidentiality and individual rights
  11. Interpret applicable laws and regulations
  12. Describe the process of law development

SPhTA 1003 – Pathophysiology for Physical Therapist Assistants
Course Semester Hrs: 3.0

This course will provide students with the knowledge of anatomical structure, function, and dysfunction related to the practice of physical therapy for each body system. Medical surgical conditions will be covered along with the appropriate assistance needed for the Physical Therapist Assistant when assessing, evaluating, and responding to patient’s needs. The student will be able to determine a significant change in the patient’s physiological state.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Summarize basic concepts in professional literature including but not limited to validity, reliability, and level of statistical significance
  2. Identify appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  3. Interview patients, caregivers, and family to obtain current information related to prior and current level of function and general health status (i.e. fatigue, fever, malaise, unexplained weight change)
  4. Identify the international classification of functioning disability and health (ICF) to describe a patient’s impairments, activity, and participation limitations
  5. Identify changes in patient/client status, progress or response
  6. Identify procedures in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  7. Identify professional and community organizations that provide opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy, and leadership
  8. Define patient and environmental emergencies that commonly occur in the clinical setting
  9. Define patient centered inter-professional collaborative care
  10. Explain epidemiological factors (incidence, disease outcomes, risk factors) for selected pathological conditions.
  11. Explain the role various health care providers have in the management of commonly seen pathologies
  12. Identify common medical/surgical interventions for pathology for the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary systems
  13. Explain the clinical manifestations of selected psychopathologic disorders across the lifespan, including but not limited to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, organic brain syndrome, eating disorders, phobias, and conversion disorders.

SPhTA 1005 - Kinesiology
Course Semester Hrs: 3.0

This course will provide students with an understanding of motion in wellness and in dysfunction. Orthopedic disabilities and related treatments will be reviewed. Neurological, medical, and surgical conditions related to physical therapy and the physical therapy assistant’s role will be described. Students will learn how to assist the physical therapist in the evaluation and assessment of the above health issues.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Examine the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  2. Identify procedures in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  3. Explain procedures in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  4. Define anatomical planes, axes, function, and dysfunction of motion of the human body related to the practice of physical therapy
  5. Interpret the relationship between loading of forces and movement
  6. Define normal and abnormal property of tissues, nerves, joints, muscles, and alignment
  7. Explain adaptions of nerves, joints, and muscles with and without disability
  8. Define the principles of joint motion, immobility, and biomechanical principles
  9. Identify Kinesiological Landmarks

SPhTA 1006 – Documentation of Tests and Measurements
Course Semester Hrs: 2.0

During this course students will be taught the health information technologies appropriate for documentation of care for Physical Therapy Assistants. As students provide assistance to physical therapists they will understand the importance of documentation as it relates to reimbursement, legal, and ethical issues. Students will write accurate notes relating to plans of care for varying patient problems to include elements of physical therapy patient management. Students will be introduced to goniometry and lower testing of upper and lower body measurement.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe applicable institutional, state, and federal laws and regulations related to patient care and fiscal management
  2. Document ethical principles such as reporting to appropriate authorities suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable populations
  3. Identify suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for Physical Therapy and other health care services
  4. Interpret duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  5. Interpret appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  6. Describe the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  7. Define when an intervention should not be performed due to clinical indications or when the direction to perform the intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  8. Plan the accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice Acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies
  9. Construct information technology applications
  10. Compare various tests and measures
  11. Utilize health care reimbursement processes
  12. Demonstrate the ability to accurately document patient’s notes
  13. Contrast the use of objective and subjective notes
  14. Compare and contrast ethical and legal issues for Physical Therapy Assistant

SPhTA 1002 – Medical Terminology
Course Semester Hrs: 3.0

This course will provide students with the knowledge of the language of medical terminology. Students will use it correctly, appropriately, and accurately as it applies to body systems in wellness and illness. Students will learn to describe therapeutic procedures, diagnostic procedures, and pharmacology appropriately. Students will be able to demonstrate use of medical terminology in health care technological applications.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Interview patients, caregivers, and family to obtain current information related to prior and current level of function and general health status (i.e. fatigue, fever, malaise, unexplained weight changes)
  2. Interpret the international classification of functioning disability and health (ICF) to describe a patient’s impairments, activity, and participation limitations
  3. Document the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  4. Review health records (i.e. lab values, diagnostic tests, specialty reports, narratives, consults, and Physical Therapy documentation) prior to carrying out the Physical Therapist plan of care
  5. Associate interventions in the plan of care with the patient’s response, status, and clinical indications
  6. Document changes in patient/client status, progress or response
  7. Define the accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice Acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies
  8. Explain the accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice Acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies

SPhTA 1000 – Clinical 1
Course Semester Hrs: 1.0 (45 clock hours)

At the conclusion of this clinical experience students will have achieved interpersonal and professional communication skills and will have knowledge of sterile technique, vital signs, gait training with assistive devices, range of motion and positioning, lifts and transfers, and safe wheelchair use.
Upon successful completion of this clinical experience, students will be able to:
  1. Document interviews with patients, caregivers, and family to obtain current information related to prior and current level of function and general health status (i.e. fatigue, fever, malaise, unexplained weight change)
  2. Use the international classification of functioning disability and health (ICF) to describe a patient’s impairments, activity, and participation limitations
  3. Relate health records (i.e. lab values, diagnostic tests, specialty reports, narratives, consults, and Physical Therapy documentation) prior to carrying out the Physical Therapist plan of care
  4. Associate interventions in the plan of care with the patient’s response, status, and clinical indications
  5. Define when an intervention should not be performed due to clinical indications or when the direction to perform the intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  6. Complete the accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice Acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies
  7. Define effective communication with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  8. Identify procedures in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  9. Explain procedures in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  10. Identify procedures in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  11. Explain procedures in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  12. Identify professional and community organizations that provide opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy, and leadership

SPhTA 2021 – Therapeutic Exercise and Techniques with Lab
Course Semester Hrs: 3.0
Lab Semester Hrs: 0.67 (20 Hours)

This course will provide student with the ability to assist the Physical Therapist with treatments and procedures and implement and modify treatment plans within the scope of the Physical Therapy Assistant. Students will learn exercise techniques for the human body including prosthetic devices. Therapeutic massage, drainage, and postural techniques will be covered. Students will learn to assist, assess, and monitor patients throughout their exercise protocols and use of techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Complete the accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice Acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies
  2. Plan effective communication with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  3. Identify teaching methods commensurate with the learners’ diverse needs of the patient, caregiver, or health personnel
  4. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  5. Explain procedures in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  6. Investigate professional and community organizations that provide opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy, and leadership
  7. Demonstrate patient and environmental emergencies that commonly occur in the clinical setting
  8. Illustrate ways to increase a patient and health care provider safety
  9. Describe patient centered inter-professional collaborative care
  10. Define performance improvement activities
  11. Identify aspects of organizational planning and operation of the Physical Therapy service
  12. Identify accurate and timely information for billing and payment purposes
  13. Identify factors in effective time management
  14. Apply a comprehensive treatment plan developed by a physical therapist.
  15. Identify physiological responses and modify the plan accordingly.
  16. Measure for and fit assistive devices
  17. Demonstrate procedures and therapeutic exercise
  18. Perform therapeutic massage

SPhTA 2047 – Therapeutic Modalities with Lab
Course Semester Hrs: 3.0
Lab Semester Hrs: 0.67 (20 hours)

This course is designed to help students assist the Physical Therapist with treatment and procedures using many varied modalities. An understanding of safety, legal, and ethical issues for each modality must be demonstrated. Students will learn to use, sterilize, and maintain equipment and supportive devices used for physical therapy. Accurate recording and understanding of information from patients records will be mastered.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe applicable institutional, state, and federal laws and regulations related to patient care and fiscal management
  2. Describe the scope of practice for the delivery of care
  3. Describe suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for Physical Therapy and other health care services.
  4. Recognize duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  5. Describe sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values
  6. Interpret, respect, and act with consideration for patients differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all work-related activities
  7. Summarize basic concepts in professional literature including but not limited to validity, reliability, and level of statistical significance.
  8. Interpret appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  9. Document the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  10. Relate health records (i.e. lab values, diagnostic tests, specialty reports, narratives, consults, and Physical Therapy documentation) prior to carrying out the Physical Therapist plan of care.
  11. Associate interventions in the plan of care with the patient’s response, status, and clinical indications.
  12. Report, in a timely manner, changes in patient/client status, progress or response to the supervising Physical Therapist
  13. Determine when an intervention should not be performed due to clinical indications or when the direction to perform the intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  14. Identify the steps in the discontinuation of episode of care planning and follow up processes as directed by the supervising therapist
  15. Complete the accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice Acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies.
  16. Plan effective communication with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  17. Identify teaching methods commensurate with the learners’ diverse needs of the patient, caregiver, or health personnel.
  18. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist.
  19. Demonstrate competence in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions.
  20. Demonstrate current knowledge, theory, and clinical judgment while considering the patient perspective and the environment based upon the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist.
  21. Contribute to effort to increase a patient and health care provider safety
  22. Illustrate patient centered inter-professional collaborative care
  23. Describe aspects of organizational planning and operation of the Physical Therapy service.
  24. Describe accurate and timely information for billing and payment purposes
  25. Develop a plan for effective time management
  26. Perform routine maintenance and sterilization of materials and equipment

SPhTA 2000A – Rehabilitation A with Lab
Course Semester Hrs: 4.0
Lab Semester Hrs: 0.67 (20 hours)

This course is designed for students in the second to last term of the Physical Therapy Assistant program. It is offered in two sections – Part A and Part B. Part A will stress the patients’ Bill of Rights, dignity, independence, and responses to care and treatments, exercise, supportive devices, and specialized equipment for rehabilitation. Students will be expected to be able to explain the plan of care and treatment in a clear, concise, and logical format as they learn to teach other health providers, patients and families.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the scope of practice for the delivery of care
  2. Recognize duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  3. Describe sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values
  4. Interpret, respect, and act with consideration for patients differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all work-related activities
  5. Communicate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  6. Relate health records (i.e. lab values, diagnostic tests, specialty reports, narratives, consults, and Physical Therapy documentation) prior to carrying out the Physical Therapist plan of care
  7. Monitor and adjust interventions in the plan of care with the patient’s response, status, and clinical indications
  8. Report, in a timely manner, changes in patient/client status, progress or response to the supervising Physical Therapist
  9. Determine when an intervention should not be performed due to clinical indications or when the direction to perform the intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  10. Describe the steps in the discontinuation of episode of care planning and follow up processes as directed by the supervising therapist
  11. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  12. Effectively educate others using teaching methods that are commensurate with the diverse needs of the patient, caregiver, or health personnel from creditable varied literature
  13. Explain procedures in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  14. Demonstrate competence in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  15. Identify career development and lifelong learning opportunities including the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant in the clinical education of Physical Therapist Assistant Students
  16. Contribute to effort to increase a patient and health care provider safety

SPhTA 2048 – Clinical 2
Course Semester Hrs: 5.0 (225 clock hours)

At the conclusion of this clinical experience the student will have assisted Physical Therapists with the following:
  1. Hot/cold therapy
  2. Ultrasound and electro therapeutic agents
  3. Evaluation and treatment of body systems malfunction
  4. Compression therapy and massage
  5. Traction
  6. Postural drainage
  7. Coughing and breathing
  8. Women’s health differences
  9. Orthopedic treatments
  10. Musculoskeletal Treatment
  11. Cardio pulmonary treatment
  12. Integumentary treatment
Upon successful completion of this clinical experience, students will be able to:
  1. Implement the guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, standards of ethical conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant and guide for conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant to meet the expectations of patients, members of the Physical Therapist profession and other procedures as necessary
  2. Apply applicable institutional, state, and federal laws and regulations related to patient care and fiscal management
  3. Illustrate ethical principles such as reporting to appropriate authorities suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable populations
  4. Demonstrate the scope of practice for the delivery of care
  5. Explain how to report suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for Physical Therapy and other health care services
  6. Demonstrate duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  7. Implement, in response to an ethical situation, a plan of action that demonstrates sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values
  8. Illustrate, respect, and act with consideration for patients differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all work-related activities
  9. Relate basic concepts in professional literature including but not limited to validity, reliability, and level of statistical significance
  10. Use appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  11. Document interviews with patients, caregivers, and family to obtain current information related to prior and current level of function and general health status (i.e. fatigue, fever, malaise, unexplained weight change)
  12. Use the international classification of functioning disability and health (ICF) to describe a patient’s impairments, activity, and participation limitations
  13. Communicate an understanding of the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  14. Compare health records (i.e. lab values, diagnostic tests, specialty reports, narratives, consults, and Physical Therapy documentation) prior to carrying out the Physical Therapist plan of care
  15. Monitor and adjust interventions in the plan of care with the patient’s response, status, and clinical indications
  16. Report, in a timely manner, changes in patient/client status, progress or response to the supervising Physical Therapist
  17. Determine when an intervention should not be performed due to clinical indications or when the direction to perform the intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  18. Complete the accurate documentation that follows guidelines and specific documentation formats required by state practice Acts, practice settings, and other regulatory agencies
  19. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  20. Effectively educate others using teaching methods that are commensurate with the diverse needs of the patient, caregiver, or health personnel
  21. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  22. Demonstrate competence in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  23. Demonstrate current knowledge, theory, and clinical judgment while considering the patient perspective and the environment based upon the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  24. Respond effectively to patient and environmental emergencies that commonly occur in the clinical setting
  25. Contribute to effort to increase a patient and health care provider safety
  26. Illustrate patient centered inter-professional collaborative care
  27. Explain performance improvement activities
  28. Describe aspects of organizational planning and operation of the Physical Therapy service
  29. Describe accurate and timely information for billing and payment purpose
  30. Develop a plan for effective time management

SPhTA 2000B – Rehabilitation B with Lab
Course Semester Hrs: 4.0
Lab Semester Hrs: 0.67 (20 Hours)

This course is designed for students in the last term of the Physical Therapy Assistant program. It is part B of the Rehabilitation course and concentrates on the students’ mastery of teaching health care providers, patients, and families. Students will be expected to write and give oral presentations for the procedures assigned, including the use of functional activities, noting architectural barriers, and utilizing progressive plans of care based upon current research and/or evidence. Rehabilitation of neurological, integumentary conditions will be covered.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Relate basic concepts in professional literature including but not limited to validity, reliability, and level of statistical significance
  2. Use appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  3. Teach the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  4. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  5. Appraise the effectiveness of education of others and the appropriateness of the methods that are commensurate with the diverse needs of the patient, caregiver, or health personnel
  6. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  7. Demonstrate competence in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  8. Participate in professional and community organizations that provide opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy, and leadership
  9. Explain career development and lifelong learning opportunities including the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant in the clinical education of Physical Therapist Assistant Students
  10. Apply current knowledge, theory, and clinical judgment while considering the patient perspective and the environment based upon the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  11. Analyze the effectiveness of the response to patient and environmental emergencies that commonly occur in the clinical setting
  12. Participate in performance improvement activities, quality assurance
  13. Assess accurate and timely information for billing and payment purposes
  14. Assess effective time management
  15. Evaluate architectural barriers
  16. Compare traditional and alternative strategies to facilitate learning across the life span

SPhTA 2050 – Clinical 3
Course Semester Hrs: 6.0 (270 clock hours)

At the conclusion of this clinical experience students will have demonstrated the following:
  • Expertise in all that was covered in clinical 1 and 2
  • Surgical interventions and postoperative management
  • Peripheral nerve disorders and management
  • Chronic pulmonary dysfunction and Interventions
  • Heart disease and Interventions
  • Vascular, lymphatic, and integumentary disorders and Interventions
  • Stroke and interventions
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and interventions
  • Traumatic brain injury and interventions
  • Traumatic spinal cord injury and interventions
  • Vestibular disorders and interventions
  • Amputation and interventions
  • Arthritis and interventions
  • Burns and interventions of special skincare
  • Chronic pain and interventions
  • Psychological disorders and interventions
  • Cognitive and perceptual dysfunction and interventions
  • Patient and Family education
  • Deep tendon reflexes testing
  • Pediatric interventions
  • Cardiopulmonary assessment
    a. Max Heart rate
    b. Max target Heart rate
    c. Respirations
  • Cognition, arousal, mentation assessment
Perceived exertion assessment
Upon successful completion of this clinical experience, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise applicable institutional, state, and federal laws and regulations related to patient care and fiscal management
  2. Integrate ethical principles such as reporting to appropriate authorities suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable populations
  3. Analyze the scope of practice for the delivery of care
  4. Explain how to report suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for Physical Therapy and other health care services
  5. Perform duties in a manner consistent with APTA’s Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  6. Facilitate, in response to an ethical situation, a plan of action that demonstrates sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values
  7. Integrate, respect, and act with consideration for patients differences, values, preferences and expressed needs in all work-related activities
  8. Critique basic concepts in professional literature including but not limited to validity, reliability, and level of statistical significance
  9. Evaluate appropriate evidence based resources to support clinical decision making for progression of the patient within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  10. Critique interviews with patients, caregivers, and family to obtain current information related to prior and current level of function and general health status (i.e. fatigue, fever, malaise, unexplained weight change)
  11. Teach the plan of care developed by the Physical Therapist to achieve short and long term goals and intended outcomes, while providing psycho social support
  12. Evaluate health records (i.e. lab values, diagnostic tests, specialty reports, narratives, consults, and Physical Therapy documentation) prior to carrying out the Physical Therapist plan of care
  13. Evaluate interventions in the plan of care with the patient’s response, status, and clinical indications
  14. Document when an intervention should not be performed due to clinical indications or when the direction to perform the intervention is beyond that which is appropriate for the Physical Therapist Assistant
  15. Contribute to the discontinuation of episode of care planning and follow up processes as directed by the supervising therapist
  16. Evaluate effective communication with all stakeholders, including patients, family, caregivers, practitioners, inter-professional team members, consumers, payers and policy makers
  17. Appraise the effectiveness of education of others and the appropriateness of the methods that are commensurate with the diverse needs of the patient, caregiver, or health personnel
  18. Demonstrate competence in implementing selected components of interventions identified in the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  19. Evaluate competence in performing components of data collection skills essential for carrying out the plan of care by administering appropriate tests and measures before, during, and after inventions
  20. Apply current knowledge, theory, and clinical judgment while considering the patient perspective and the environment based upon the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  21. Analyze the effectiveness of the response to patient and environmental emergencies that commonly occur in the clinical setting
  22. Appraise efforts to increase a patient and health care provider safety
  23. Participate in the provision of patient centered inter-professional collaborative care
  24. Participate in performance improvement activities, quality assurance

PhTA 2009 – Professional Development and Integration
Course Semester Hrs: 4.0

This is the final course and the Capstone of the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. Integration exams must be passed in order to successfully complete the program. This course will review concepts of importance for preparation of the Physical Therapy Assistant Exam and for assuming an entry level employment position as a Physical Therapy Assistant. It will include a capstone project of professional development to demonstrate management ability.

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Participate in professional and community organizations that provide opportunities for volunteerism, advocacy, and leadership
  2. Summarize career development and lifelong learning opportunities including the role of the Physical Therapist Assistant in the clinical education of Physical Therapist Assistant Students
  3. Apply current knowledge, theory, and clinical judgment while considering the patient perspective and the environment based upon the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist
  4. Participate in the provision of patient centered inter-professional collaborative care
  5. Participate in performance improvement activities, quality assurance
  6. Describe aspects of organizational planning and operation of the Physical Therapy service
  7. Assess effective time management
  8. Measure how budget/finances impact organizational planning and management
  9. Judge how role, function, and relationships in an organization affect communication, both formal and informal
  10. Evaluate conflict management techniques to achieve resolution in interactions with others
  11. Maximize the differences in role and purpose of supervisory relationships in an organization
  12. Evaluate an organizational structure, culture, and chain of communication
  13. Elaborate on the effect of quality assurance/continuous quality improvement on an organization’s services
  14. Choose behaviors that indicate commitment to establishing work/life balance and lifelong learning.