Course Code and Number:PTA 105 Course Title:ORIENTATION TO PHYSICAL THERAPY/ ROLE OF THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT Credits: 2 Cr.
This course introduces the student to the healthcare system and the roles of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant within that system. Components include the history of the profession, the responsibilities of the physical therapist and physical therapist assistant as members of a professional team, the use of communication, documentation and evidence-based practice, and an overview of the ethical and legal framework in which physical therapy is provided. The course also introduces the philosophy and psychosocial aspects of physical rehabilitation. Class discussions, small group work and a three-day introductory clinical experience assist the student in developing an awareness and understanding of the ways in which values, culture, attitudes and expectations impact the delivery of physical therapy services and the patient/healthcare provider relationship.