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PTA Clinic I

PTA 124

PTA Clinic I

PTA 124

Course Description

Prerequisite: PTA 101, PTA 101LW, PTA 105, PTA 105LW, PTA 110, PTA 110L, ENG 113, and LW 206A each with a "C" (2.0) minimum grade. Concurrent enrollment in PTA 102, PTA 120, PTA 120L, PTA 121, PTA 123W, PTA 123LW, PTA 125, PTA 125LW, and LWA 206B. Structures clinical experience to provide the opportunity to observe and assist with physical therapy procedures. Prepares the student to perform physical therapy intervention as part of a physical therapist's plan of care, under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist. (0-80)

Outcomes and Objectives

Demonstrate understanding of the clinical facility and comply with departmental policies and procedures.

Objectives:

  • Read policy and procedure manual.
  • Follow policies and procedures.
  • Employ time management skills.
  • Ask questions about any part of the manual that he/she does not understand.

Demonstrate effective communication skills with the supervising Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant.

Objectives:

  • Discuss observations of evaluations by physical therapist.
  • Complete documentation as required regarding the patient's status, progress, or treatment with supervision.
  • Pronounce and use medical terms correctly.
  • Demonstrate good listening skills.
  • Write legible with correct spelling and terminology.

Perform treatments on patients using modalities or techniques practiced in PTA curriculum prior to this clinical affiliation.

Objectives:

  • Prepare treatment area for application of treatment techniques.
  • Demonstrate proper placement and/or use of equipment.
  • Position patient appropriately for specific treatment.
  • Handle patient with care.
  • Utilize good body mechanics.
  • Seek appropriate input from CI.
  • Clean treatment area after treatment is given.
  • Read medical chart and find significant information necessary to treat the patient.
  • Demonstrate an awareness to indications and contraindications to treatment procedures.

Demonstrate effective communication skills with all relevant parties.

Objectives:

  • Question the patient about comfort level before, during and after treatment.
  • Introduce self.
  • Ask questions of patient, family, or other health care professionals when appropriate.
  • Adapt tone modulation, level, and word usage to situation.
  • Respond sensitively and courteously during interactions.

Evaluate the clinical experience.

Objectives:

  • Discuss performance accurately and openly with CI.
  • Respond to evaluation with constructive comments and suggestions.
  • Acknowledge feedback received.
  • Complete required evaluation forms.

Employ continuity in patient care

Objectives:

  • Provide treatment to the same patient twice in one week.
  • Recognize the need to progress patient treatment.
  • Develop rapport with patients.
  • Assess improvements or regression in patient's status.
  • Develop patient treatment progression skill

Discuss relevant legal and ethical issues as well as responses to the issues.

Objectives:

  • Describe an appropriate response to each legal/ethical issue discussed in class.