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Health Careers Education
Physical Therapy Assistant Systems/Problems
The student will assist the physical therapist in selected evaluation, treatment and administrative activities; summarize the progression of comprehensive rehabilitation programs for major disabilities; describe and utilize selected administrative records and charge systems in physical therapy; discuss measures for quality assurance and cost containment; be reviewed on proper ways to write a resume, and review for state board examinations.
Cindy Schneider
Introduction to Physical Therapy Assisting
At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

-Identify proper format and content of a professional resume.
-Demonstrate understanding of personal learning styles and possess ability to identify individual patient learning styles.
-Demonstrate understanding of specific teaching styles appropriate for individual patients.
-Demonstrate an understanding of current statistics, regulations and career development relating to Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA)s.
-Demonstrate an understanding of the health care system of the United States as it currently exists and proposed changes to this system.
-Discuss regulations for determining eligibility for skilled care and continued skilled care.
-Discuss and develop professional interventions for special needs populations.
-Discuss and develop professional interventions for complex patients.
-Demonstrate overall knowledge of physical therapist assistant theory and practice as required for the national board examination.

Physical Therapy Assistant - FSBPT
Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Assistant - FSBPT

Career Cluster Resources for Health Sciences

Conner, LA, et al. Kinesiology Foundations for PTAs & OTAs

(2005) Delmar ISBN: 1401817912

Pagliarulo, MA. Introduction to Physical Therapy (2007) Elsevier, ISBN: 9780323032841.

Shankman, GA. Fundamentals of Orthopedic Management for the Physical Therapy Assistant, 2nd Edition (2004) Elsevier ISBN: 9780323020022

Pierson, FM and Fairchild, SL. Principles & Techniques of Patient Care, 3rd Edition (2003) Elsevier, ISBN: 9780721693798
Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Health Science Therapeutic Services Physical Therapy Assistant