Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Course Description


PTA-101 - Introduction to Physical Therapy (4 credits)
Prerequisite(s): PREREQUISITES: Application and acceptance into PTA program and BIO151 (or BIO161 or BIO162) COREQUISITES: BIO160, BIO161
This is an introductory course on physical therapy and the roles of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant in the modern health care team. Topics include history, philosophy, theories of practice, definition of the profession, professional ethics, medical records, terminology, common disability groups treated, psychosocial aspects of physical disability, patient rights, and approaches to interacting with patients and their families. The laboratory portion of this course will include bandaging, wheelchair design and mobility, ambulation aides, assistive devices, basic patient transfers utilizing proper body mechanics, patient positioning, vital signs and architectural barriers encountered by handicapped persons. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.


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