Vicki is the primary instructor for the following Year I courses:
PTA 1040: Musculoskeletal Anatomy With Measurement Techniques (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the study of bones, muscles and their function in the human body. Included in this content are bony landmarks, basic neuroanatomy as it relates to muscle function, muscle origin, insertion, innervation and action. Specific skills taught and evaluated for competency include palpation of muscles, ligaments and bony landmarks, goniometry and manual muscle testing. Prerequisite: BIOL 2000 or 2400.
PTA 1140: KINESIOLOGY PRINCIPLES WITH CLINICAL APPLICATION (1 credit)
This course integrates the study of bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue and nerves into a functional model of biomechanical application to patient care. The study of movement as it applies to the major joint complexes of the upper and lower extremities will be emphasized. Learning how to choose appropriate exercises and how to progress exercises for common musculoskeletal conditions will be practiced. In addition, a research paper relating to one of these musculoskeletal conditions will be included in the coursework. Prerequisite: PTA 1040.
PTA 1160: PHYSICAL THERAPY INTERVENTION TECHNIQUES II (5 credits)
Vicki is an adjunct faculty for this course.
This course includes a review of the anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems as they relate to pathology. Emphasis is placed on how function is impacted by trauma, degenerative and neurological diseases and acute and chronic conditions. You will be introduced to the principles of therapeutic exercise and apply them in mobility, postural and spinal exercises. The theory, principles and technical skills of spinal traction, electrotherapy modalities, postural assessment, soft tissue mobilization and safe ambulation of a patient using an assistive device are also presented. Prerequisites: PTA 1020, 1050, 1040.