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Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)
Program Course Descriptions


BIO211 Anatomy & Physiology 1
CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
PTA101 Introduction to Physical Therapy
Pre: Communications Proficiency
An introduction to the history and development of physical therapy practice and its evolving role in the health care setting. An overview of clinical education and the function of the licensed Physical Therapist Assistant are discussed. Professional core values, ethics, terminology, and documentation are reinforced through discussion, integrated clinical observations, and service learning.
PTA103 Therapeutic Massage
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Offers the student an opportunity to practice traditional massage and relaxation techniques with emphasis on the theory and ethics involved with these techniques. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA104 PTA Procedures Lab
Pre: Communication Proficiency
Co: PTA105
Provides hands-on experience to support corresponding didactic course materials. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA105 Physical Therapy Assistant Procedures
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Co: PTA104
Offers an opportunity for students to learn theoretical and practical aspects of functional activities such as bed mobility, transfers and ambulation with assistive devices. Clinical management skills used by physical therapy practitioners, which foster functional independence will be discussed. Fundamentals of aseptic techniques, infection control, and standard precautions will be emphasized (2 hours of lecture per week)
PTA108 Kinesiology Lab
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Co: PTA109
Provides hands-on experience to support corresponding didactic course material. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA109 Kinesiology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Co: PTA108
Study of the science of human motion. Presents the physical laws of nature, forces acting on the body in motion, construction of joints, prime mover muscles, and the techniques of manual muscle testing.
PTA113 Pathophysiological Conditions 1
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Offers a survey of the etiology of medical, orthopedic, and sports-related pathologies commonly treated by the Physical Therapist Assistant. Medical management, standards of practice, and medical terminology in reference to these conditions are emphasized. (2 hours of lecture per week)
BIO212 Anatomy & Physiology 2
PTA114 Pathophysiological Conditions 2
Pre: All first semester PTA courses and BIO103
A continuation of Pathophysiological Conditions 1 and offering a survey of the etiology of medical/neurological pathologies commonly treated by the Physical Therapist Assistant. Medical management, standards of practice, and medical terminology in reference to these conditions are emphasized. (2 hours of lecture per week)
PTA117 Therapeutic Exercise 1 Lab
Pre: All first semester PTA courses
Co: PTA118
Provides hands-on experience to support corresponding didactic course material. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA118 Therapeutic Exercise 1
Pre: All first semester PTA courses
Co: PTA117
Provides a foundational understanding of exercise principles, techniques, and protocols used to restore and improve patients with musculoskeletal disorders involving the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine. Problem solving and critical thinking skills needed for analysis and understanding of pertinent patient data relevant to the implementation of therapeutic exercise will be emphasized. (2 hours of lecture per week)
PTA201 PTA Modalities Lab
Pre: PTA101, PTA104, PTA105, PTA108, PTA109, PTA113
Co: PTA202
Provides hands-on experience to support corresponding didactic material. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA202 Modailities of Physical Therapy
Pre: PTA101,PTA104, PTA105, PTA108, PTA109, PTA113
Co: PTA201
Offers theory and practice in the use of thermal, mechanical, and electrotherapeutic agents. The basic principles, physiological effects, indications, precautions, and contraindications are discussed for modalities including but not limited to superficial heat and cold, hydrotherapy, ultrasound, traction, intermittent compression, TENS, NMES , iontophoresis, hi-volt, and interferential. (2 lecture hours per week)
PTA203 Neurology for Physical Therapist Assistant
Pre: BIO211
An introduction to the concepts of anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and how they relate to problems encountered in clinical neurology. (2 hours of lecture per week)
PTA204 Clinical Anatomy 1 Lab
Pre: PTA109
Co: PTA205
Provides hands-on experience to support corresponding didactic course material. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA205 Clinical Anatomy 1
Pre: PTA 109
Co: PTA204
The course focuses on application of biomechanical principles and analysis of human movement. Explores in detail the relationship of these principles to anatomy of the lower extremity and spine.
PTA112 Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Experience 1
Pre: PTA104, 105, 114, 117, 118, 201, 202, 203, 204, and 205
Under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and/or physical therapist assistant, students complete 140-160 hours of clinical internship while applying prior learned didactic and laboratory information.
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective
PSY102 Introductory (General) Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
PTA212 Therapeutic Exercise 2 Lab
Pre: PTA112
Co: PTA213
Provides hands-on experience to support corresponding didactic course material. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA213 Therapeutic Exercise 2
Pre: PTA112
Co: PTA212
Offers a continuation of Therapeutic Exercise 1 and introduces more complex treatment techniques commonly implemented for the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological, cardiac, and/ or pulmonary disorders. Emphasis will be placed on a critical thinking and problem solving approach to physical therapy management of these populations. Through group collaboration and service learning, students will be required to apply knowledge for development and implementation of a health promotion program tailored to communities at risk. (2 hours of lecture per week)
PTA214 Clinical anatomy 2 Lab
Pre: PTA109, 108, 204, 205
Co: PTA215
Provides hands-on experience to support corresponding didactic course material. (2 hours of lab per week)
PTA215 Clinical Anatomy 2
Pre: PTA 109, 108, 204, 205
Co: PTA214
This course focuses on application of biomechanical principles and analysis of human movement. Explores in detail the relationship of these principles to anatomy of the upper extremity and cervical spine. (1 hour lecture per week)
PTA217 Pediatric Physical Therapy for the PTA
PTA220 Current Topics in Physical Therapy
Pre: PTA112
A closer study of topics of special interest and contemporary physical therapy practice. Topics discussed include (but are not limited to) evidence based practice, geriatrics, pharmacology, wound care, chronic pain management, aquatic therapy, patient centered interprofessional collaboration, business concepts, women's health, ergonomics, and cancer rehabilitation. (3 hours of lecture per week)
PTA206 Physical Therapist Assistant Seminar
Pre: All required PTA courses, all gen ed courses req in PT
Co: PTA210 and PTA208
Offers a faculty-guided forum for discussion of clinical experiences and knowledge necessary for clinical practice, professional development, and lifelong learning. (15 hours of seminar)
PTA208 Physical Therapist Assistant Clinical Experience 2
Pre: All prior PTA and general education courses
Under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist and/or physical therapist assistant, students complete 420-480 hours of clinical internship while applying all prior learned didactic and laboratory information.
PTA210 Case Studies in Physical Therapy
Pre: All prior PTA and general education courses
Offers an opportunity for students to integrate knowledge and skills for physical therapy clinical management including intervention and outcomes. Case studies will be utilized to facilitate problem solving for the development and implementation of appropriate physical therapy intervention plans. Students will be required to present their case study and engage in peer evaluation.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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