Course: PTA 2034  Practicum I

Subject: Physical Therapist Assistant

Prerequisites: The student must have completed the following courses with a “C” or better to participate in the Practicum I: PTA 1312, PTA 1202, PTA 2024, PTA 2113, PTA 2021 and successfully pass the comprehensive practical exam.

Credits: 4

Description: The student will function in the clinic as a health care team member, under the direct supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant, carrying out select portions of the physical therapist’s plan of care. The student will establish helping relationships; practice effective interpersonal communications; apply ethical and legal principles, identify and provide for normal and threatened basic needs of patients; practice effective infection control techniques; administer selected modalities to prevent secondary disabilities and manage pain; correctly apply principles of biomechanics and physiology in administering exercise, transfer, and gait training. The student will clearly report and document significant observations and treatments orally and in writing.