Physical Therapy Assistant (PTH) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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PTH 105 - Introduction to Physical Therapist Assisting
Introduces the physical therapist assistant student to the field of physical therapy practice and develops basic patient care skills for application in the initial physical therapy clinical experience.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2-4 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
PTH 110 - Medical Reporting
Emphasizes the principles of medical reporting, including the ability to abstract pertinent information from actual medical records. Includes the writing of patient progress notes in standardized formats and medical terminology.
Lecture 1-2 hours per week.
1-2 credits
PTH 115 - Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant
Focuses on the relationship of specific joint structure and function, the role of individual muscles and groups of muscles and neurologic principles in both normal and pathological movement. The course includes a review of basic physics and biomechanical principles applied to human movement. Includes specific posture and gait analysis.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
4-5 credits
PTH 121 - Therapeutic Procedures I
Prepares the students to properly and safely administer basic physical therapy procedures utilized by physical therapist assistants. The procedures include therapeutic modalities. Procedures may include therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 4-6 hours. Total 7-9 hours per week.
5-6 credits
PTH 122 - Therapeutic Procedures II
Prepares the students to properly and safely administer basic physical therapy procedures utilized by physical therapist assistants. The procedures include therapeutic modalities. Procedures may include therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 4-6 hours. Total 7-9 hours per week.
5-6 credits
PTH 151 - Musculoskeletal Structure and Function
Studies the human musculoskeletal system. Covers terms of position and movement, location and identification of specific bony landmarks, joint structure and design, ligaments, muscle origin, action and innervation, and emphasizes types of contraction.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
4-5 credits
PTH 210 - Psychological Aspects of Therapy
Focuses on the psychological reactions and sociological impact of illness and injury in clients and their families, and among health care givers who work with them. Examines individual self-identity and the nature of changing client/ therapist relationships across the life span.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
PTH 225 - Rehabilitation Procedures
Focuses on treatment techniques typical of long term rehabilitation, e.g., the rehabilitation of congenital, neurological and disfigurement associated with chronic injury and disease.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2-9 hours. Total 5-11 hours per week.
4-5 credits
PTH 226 - Therapeutic Exercise
Emphasizes the basic principles underlying different approaches to exercise including rationale for treatment and may include neurological treatments such a simple facilitation and inhibitory techniques and the teaching of home programs.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2-6 hours. Total 5-8 hours per week.
4 credits
PTH 227 - Pathological Conditions
Presents specific pathologic conditions commonly seen in physical therapy. Emphasizes musculoskeletal and neurological system conditions, and all major body systems are represented.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
PTH 245 - Professional Issues
Examines the health care delivery system with regard to the current practice environment, federal and state influences, laws, and regulations, practice guidelines and ethical considerations which affect the practice of physical therapy.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
PTH 251 - Clinical Practicum I
Provides instruction in local health care facilities in the actual administration of physical therapy treatments under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Provides experience in a variety of clinical settings. Part I of II.
Laboratory 15-20 hours per week.
3 credits
PTH 252 - Clinical Practicum II
Provides instruction in local health care facilities in the actual administration of physical therapy treatments under the supervision of licensed physical therapists. Provides experience in a variety of clinical settings. Part II of II.
Laboratory 15-20 hours per week.
4 credits