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2021-2022 Catalog 
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PTA 160 - Principles of Physical Agents 1 Lab

Credits: 3
The practice of external compression and bandaging; length, girth, and volumetric measure; thermotherapy including superficial heat, cryotherapy and paraffin; hydrotherapy; soft tissue mobilization; and pulmonary care.

Enrollment Requirement: PTA 105  with a grade of 2.0 or higher; and concurrent enrollment in PTA 110 .

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Accurately record girth, length and volumetric displacement measurements.
  2. Safely and effectively apply superficial thermotherapy.
  3. Safely and effectively perform mechanical traction.
  4. Safely and effectively administer mechanical compression and bandaging.
  5. Perform pulmonary hygiene including assisted coughing and postural drainage, percussion and vibration.
  6. Effectively perform soft tissue mobilization/therapeutic massage.
  7. Communicate effectively with patients and/or family members via intervention scenarios.
  8. Accurately complete SOAP note documentation for given scenarios.
  9. Modify interventions as needed for safe and effective outcomes.

Program Outcomes
  1. Implement plans of care developed by physical therapists.
  2. Provide care in a safe, legal and ethical manner.
  3. Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, families, physical therapists and other care providers both verbally and non‐verbally including accurate written communication and documentation.
  4. Instruct patients, families and other health care providers using techniques consistent with the level of the audience.
  5. Function as integral team members and participate in the team process.
  6. Transition to successful employment as PTA.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning - Quantitative Reasoning encompasses abilities necessary for a student to become literate in today’s technological world. Quantitative reasoning begins with basic skills and extends to problem solving.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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