Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Course Description

PTA-102 - Physical Therapy Prin & Proc 1 (4 credits)
Utilizing various teaching methods, including lab and lecture, this course provides an in-depth study of modalities and special techniques pertaining to the role of a physical therapist assistant. Specifically, the modalities portion of this course includes an extensive study of theory, setup, appropriate application, clean-up, indications, contradictions, precautions and safety procedures for modalities utilized by physical therapist assistants. These include moist heat, cryotherapy, ultrasound, whirlpool, paraffin baths, intermittent venous compression, cervical/pelvic traction, infrared, ultraviolet, electric stimulation and fluidotherapy. Special techniques that are taught include burn management, wound care, pulmonary hygiene, bandaging, postural assessment, therapeutic and transverse friction massage. This course requires a per credit health career fee; check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.

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