Feb 29, 2024
PTA 106 - Neuroscience Credits: 2
Introduces neuroscience as it relates to the practice of physical therapy.
Enrollment Requirement: PTA 104 with a grade of 2.0 or higher; and concurrent enrollment in PTA 166.
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Describe and identify the basic structure and function of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system.
- Describe the components and paths of the primary somatosensory pathways.
- Describe the components and path of the motor pathways.
- Identify the three sensory mechanisms used in maintaining balance.
- Describe the signs and symptoms of diseases and disorders affecting the nervous system.
- Explain how nervous system dysfunctions affect functional ability.
- Complete sensory testing for primary and cortical sensations.
- Describe testing for selected cranial nerve functions and relate to the associated cranial nerve.
- Describe the signs, symptoms, and likely causes of movement disorders seen with upper and lower motor neuron dysfunction.
- Identify and map the dermatomal and peripheral nerve distributions for the extremities.
- Identify and describe myotomal/key muscle testing for the extremities.
- Describe reflex testing and normal responses.
- Describe testing and the responses/results for cranial nerve functions.
- Describe the signs, symptoms, and likely causes of movement disorders seen with upper and lower motor neuron dysfunction including but not limited to: Parkinson’s, cerebellar lesions, CVAs, spinal cord injury, radiculopathy.
- Administer and score standardized functional outcome measures for balance.
- Describe the movement disorders seen with pathology of the basal ganglia and of the cerebellum.
- Define and describe communication disorders and strategies to promote effective patient care.
- Describe the components of the autonomic nervous system and disorders that affect the ANS.
- Recognize signs and symptoms of vestibular disorders.
- Accurately assess with special testing for vestibular disorders.
- Accurately and effectively complete and score tests for coordination and balance disorders.
- Identify the four components used to assess orientation.
- Describe how mental function is assessed.
- Administer and score the Mini Mental Status Examination.
- Implement plans of care developed by the PT.
- Provide care in a safe, legal and ethical manner.
- Communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, families, PTs, and other care providers both verbally and non verbally including accurate written communication and documentation.
- Instruct patients,families and other care providers using techniques consistent with the level of the audience.
- Function as an integral team member and participate in the team process.
- Transition to successful employment as PTAs.
- 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.
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