Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

PTA101 Physical Therapy Interventions 1

Credits 5Fall

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program; and concurrent enrollment in PTA101L.

This course introduces theoretical principles and practical applications of basic patient care skills and selected physical therapy interventions. Connective tissue pathology and healing processes are covered, along with theoretical principles and practical applications of basic patient care and selected physical therapy interventions including teaching a skill, therapeutic exercise, body mechanics, positioning, transfers, wheelchair use, asepsis, the use of restraints and assistive devices for activities of daily living.

PTA101L Physical Therapy Interventions 1 Lab

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program; and concurrent enrollment in PTA101.

This course will enable the student to apply and demonstrate competency in the interventions discussed in PTA101.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA102 Physical Therapy Interventions 2

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: PTA101 and PTA101L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA102L.

Physical therapy management of orthopedic conditions and the physical therapist assistant's role in providing interventions within the established plan of care is the primary focus of this course. Topics include causes, risk factors, prevention strategies, the typical clinical presentation, and evidence-based physical therapy intervention strategies. Students are introduced to tests and measures essential to the safe and effective implementation of selected intervention techniques including the assessment of joint range of motion and muscle performance.

PTA102L Physical Therapy Interventions 2 Lab

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: PTA101 and PTA101L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA102.

This course will enable the student to apply and demonstrate competency in the interventions discussed in PTA102.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA103 Physical Therapy Interventions 3

Credits 5Spring

Registration Requirement: PTA102 and PTA102L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA103L.

This course covers the pathology and management of arthritis, collagen disorders, and postural dysfunction; introduces types of stress and related intervention strategies; and includes the theoretical principles and practical applications of physical agents commonly used as interventions in physical therapy practice, including heat, cold, ultrasound, diathermy, light, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, and mechanical traction. Current concepts in pain science and related intervention strategies will be introduced and discussed.

PTA103L Physical Therapy Interventions 3 Lab

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: PTA102L, with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA103.

This course will enable the student to apply and demonstrate competency in the interventions discussed in PTA103.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA105 Introduction to Physical Therapy

Credits 2Fall

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The focus of this course is the profession of physical therapy and the role of the physical therapist assistant within the profession. Students explore the health care needs and disparities of individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities, different types of abuse and neglect experienced by individuals receiving physical therapy services, the role of healthcare practitioners in providing care to diverse populations, and communication strategies to provide culturally sensitive care. Students engage in community service activities that support the health and quality of life of community members and reflect on their own biases, stereotypes, and level of cultural sensitivity. Additional topics include the physical therapist assistant scope of work within the framework of state legislation and professional association guidelines, the physical therapy patient management model, and government legislation and regulations impacting the provision of physical therapy services.

PTA106 Therapeautic Communication and Cross-Cultural Communication in Physical Therapy

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: PTA105, with a grade of "C" or better.

This course primarily focuses on the values-based behaviors, therapeutic communication skills, and development of cultural competency that is expected of physical therapist assistants. Students will explore the impact of cultural diversity in the health care setting and develop skills necessary for the culturally competent delivery of care.

PTA107 Introduction to Clinical Practice

Credits 2Spring

Registration Requirement: PTA106, with a grade of "C" or better.

Current and emerging practice patterns related to the provision of physical therapy services are the primary focus of this course and are presented within the context of larger healthcare delivery systems. Students will explore the role of government legislation and regulations on the practice of physical therapy and consider the role and influence of the American Physical Therapy Association. Contemporary standards of documentation in the clinical setting are introduced and practiced in preparation for clinical education. Additional topics of clinical relevance will be discussed including ethical decision making, professional liability and risk management strategies. Students will engage in volunteer service activities that improve the overall health and wellness of community members and will plan, prepare, and present a group presentation to their peers on a topic of relevance to physical therapy.

PTA121 Clinical Kinesiology

Credits 4Fall

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

This course introduces the application of biomechanical principles, musculoskeletal anatomy, and muscle physiology to the study of human movement. Discussion includes musculoskeletal anatomy with an emphasis on major bones, bony landmarks, joint anatomy, and origin/insertion/action/innervation of selected muscles pertinent to the practice of physical therapy. Topics include surface anatomy palpation of selected bony and soft tissue landmarks and basic analyses of human movement during various functional activities of daily living. In addition, clinical decision-making regarding the selection, application and instruction of selected physical therapy interventions such as therapeutic exercise is explored and developed.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA122 Manual Therapy Techniques

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: PTA121, with a grade of "C" or better.

This course introduces students to manual therapy techniques commonly used in physical therapy practice including soft tissue mobilization and non-thrust peripheral joint mobilization.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA123 Balance and Gait

Credits 3Winter

Registration Requirement: PTA122, with a grade of "C" or better.

Students are introduced to the body control systems important in the maintenance of balance and gait, common age-related and pathological changes that impair balance and gait, phases and functional components of the human gait cycle, and physical therapy interventions commonly used in the management of balance and gait disorders.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA201 Physical Therapy Interventions 4

Credits 4Fall

Registration Requirement: PTA103 and PTA103L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA201L.

This course covers the pathology and management of diabetes, limb amputation, selected medical/surgical conditions, balance, coordination and stroke. Discussion includes epidemiology, prevention and risk factors, diagnostic procedures and medical/surgical management of these conditions as well as rehabilitation strategies to address typical impairments for these patients/clients. Principles of motor learning and motor control are discussed, as well as evidence-based practice and a process to evaluate the strength and quality of research relevant to physical therapy practice.

PTA201L Physical Therapy Interventions 4 Lab

Credit 1Fall

Registration Requirement: PTA103 and PTA103L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA201.

This course will enable the student to apply and demonstrate competency in the interventions discussed in PTA201.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA202 Physical Therapy Interventions 5

Credits 5Winter

Registration Requirement: PTA201 and PTA201L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA202L.

This course covers the pathology and management of selected neurological conditions and cancer conditions commonly seen in physical therapy practice. Discussion includes epidemiology, prevention and risk factors, diagnostic procedures, medical/surgical management and rehabilitation strategies.

PTA202L Physical Therapy Interventions 5 Lab

Credits 2Winter

Registration Requirement: PTA201 and PTA201L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA202.

This course will enable the student to apply and demonstrate competency in the interventions discussed in PTA202.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA203 Physical Therapy Interventions 6

Credits 3Spring

Registration Requirement: PTA202 and PTA202L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA203L.

This course covers the pathology and management of selected pulmonary, cardiovascular, integumentary and mental health disorders commonly seen in physical therapy practice. Discussion includes epidemiology, prevention and risk factors, diagnostic procedures and medical/surgical management of these conditions, as well as rehabilitation strategies to address typical impairments for these patients/clients. In addition, rehabilitation strategies for industrial rehabilitation clients are discussed.

PTA203L Physical Therapy Interventions 6 Lab

Credit 1Spring

Registration Requirement: PTA202 and PTA202L, each with a grade of "C" or better; and concurrent enrollment in PTA203.

This course will enable the student to apply and demonstrate competency in the interventions discussed in PTA203.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

PTA251 Clinical Applications I

Credit 1Summer

Registration Requirement: All first-year PTA coursework through spring term. Concurrent enrollment in PTA261 is required.

This course emphasizes skills needed for successful performance in the clinical setting. Discussion includes effective communication, giving and receiving feedback, patient management strategies and ethical decision-making. Methods of evaluating student performance in clinic are discussed.

PTA257 Quality Assurance and Physical Therapy Employment

Credit 1Winter

Registration Requirement: Acceptance into the Physical Therapist Assistant program.

The focus is on annual required clinical training, the role of quality assurance in physical therapy practice, and information regarding professional interview skills and the creation of a quality resume.

PTA258 Licensure and Professional Development

Credit 1Spring

Registration Requirement: Co-requisite: PTA263.

Skills needed to transition to the role of the graduate physical therapist assistant are covered, including the Oregon licensure process, licensing exam preparation and preparation for lifelong professional development.

Additional Course Fee: $100.00

PTA261 Clinical Affiliation I

Credits 8Summer

Registration Requirement: All first-year PTA coursework through spring term. Concurrent registration in PTA251 is required.

This course is the first of three clinical rotations. All cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills covered in the curriculum to date are practiced under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.

Additional Course Fee: $150.00

PTA262 Clinical Affiliation II

Credits 8Fall

Registration Requirement: PTA251 with a grade of "C" or better and PTA261 with a grade of "S".

This course is the second of three clinical rotations. All cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills covered in the curriculum to date are practiced under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.

Additional Course Fee: $150.00

PTA263 Clinical Affiliation III

Credits 8Spring

Registration Requirement: PTA257 with a grade of "C" or better and PTA262 with a grade of "S". Co-requisite: PTA258.

This course is the third of three clinical rotations. All cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills covered in the curriculum to date are practiced under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor.

Additional Course Fee: $50.00

Course fees are subject to change. Additional section fees (web, hybrid, etc.) may apply.