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Physical Therapist Assistant Program Code 105241

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay and Marinette campuses. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Physical Therapist Assistant program educates students to carry out patients' rehabilitation programs under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The State of Wisconsin does require a license to practice as a physical therapist assistant.

Physical Therapist Assistant: assists the physical therapist in the provision of physical therapy, performs physical therapy interventions and related tasks, carries out operational functions, makes modifications within the scope of the established plan of care, performs documentation and assessments under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.

Program Outcomes

. Demonstrate effective communication with patients, families, and health care team.
. Exhibit behaviors and conduct that reflect respect and sensitivity according to physical therapy practice standards.
. Function under the supervision of a physical therapist in a safe, legal, ethical manner.
. Produce documentation to support the delivery of physical therapy services.
. Demonstrate critical thinking skills to implement and adjust a plan of care under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist.
. Perform technically competent data collection under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
. Perform technically competent physical therapy interventions under the direction and supervision of the physical therapist.
. Educate patients, families, and other health providers.
. Integrate components of administrative, operational, and fiscal practices of physical therapy service in a variety of settings.
. Implement a self-directed plan for career development, credentialing, and lifelong learning.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Clinical Experience

. Students will be required to purchase a uniform, pay for liability insurance, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Students may be expected to travel distances and participate in weekend rotations.
. Students are required to complete an American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR course prior to clinical experiences. Students are required to maintain a current CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
. Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Students will be required to show proof of an annual flu vaccine.
. Students may be required to complete drug testing and/or finger printing by clinical agencies.

Accreditation

The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: 703-706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org
Website: http://www.capteonline.org

Board/Certification Examinations

Graduates are eligible to take the Physical Therapist Assistant Examination through the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE).

Requirements for Program Application

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Admissions Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment taken with the last five years. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
. Two semesters High School, or one semester in College of Algebra, course grade must be completed with a "C" or better, and Chemistry (with a lab component), course grade must be completed with a "B" or better.

Requirements for Program Entry

. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 90; Reading Comprehension, 90; Sentence Skills, 95; Algebra, 65. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 21; English, 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan,
full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Attend mandatory spring program orientation.
. Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Complete 16 hours of mandatory job shadow time within rehab settings.
. Complete a Functional Abilities Inventory.

Suggested Skills for Success

Students are expected to have entry-level computer skills. It is recommended that students complete basic computer skills coursework if deficient in this area.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

* 10-524-138 PTA Kinesiology 1
3
* 10-524-139 PTA Patient Interventions
4
* 10-524-140 PTA Professional Issues 1
2
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
++10-806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
**10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER

* 10-524-141 PTA Kinesiology 2
4
* 10-524-142 PTA Therapeutic Exercise
3
* 10-524-143 PTA Therapeutic Modalities
4
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-809-196 Intro to Sociology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SUMMER SEMESTER

* 10-524-155 PTA Pediatrics
3
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
9
THIRD SEMESTER

* 10-524-144 PTA Princ of Neuro Rehab
4
* 10-524-145 PTA Princ of Musculo Rehab
4
* 10-524-146 PTA Cardio & Integ Mgmt
3
10-809-188 Developmental Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
FOURTH SEMESTER

* 10-524-147 PTA Clinical Practice 1
2
* 10-524-148 PTA Clinical Practice 2
3
* 10-524-149 PTA Rehab Across the Lifespan
2
* 10-524-150 PTA Professional Issues 2
2
* 10-524-151 PTA Clinical Practice 3
5
SEMESTER TOTAL
14

TOTAL CREDITS
71

Curriculum Note
* No final grade lower than a "C" is acceptable in any of the courses marked with an asterisk. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
++No final grade lower than a "B" is acceptable in General Anatomy & Physiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "B" in this course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 ia an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-524-138 PTA KINESIOLOGY 1...introduces basic principles of musculoskeletal anatomy, kinematics, and clinical assessment. Students locate and identify muscles, joints, and other landmarks of the lower quadrant in addition to assessing range of motion and strength. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program)

10-524-139 PTA PATIENT INTERVENTIONS...an introduction to basic skills and physical therapy interventions performed by the physical therapist assistant. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program)

10-524-140 PTA PROFESSIONAL ISSUES 1...introduces the history and development of the physical therapy program, legal and ethical issues, the interdisciplinary health care team, and professional communication skills. (Prerequisite: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program)

10-524-141 PTA KINESIOLOGY 2...applies basic principles from PTA Kinesiology 1 to the axial skeleton and upper quadrant including location and identification of muscles, joints and other landmarks. Integrate analysis of posture and gait. (Prerequisite: 10-524-138, PTA Kinesiology 1)

10-524-142 PTA THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE...provides instruction on the implementation of a variety of therapeutic exercise principles. Learners implement, educate, adapt, and assess responses to therapeutic exercises. (Prerequisites: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology; 10-524-138, PTA Kinesiology 1)

10-524-143 PTA THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES...develops the knowledge and technical skills necessary to perform numerous therapeutic modalities likely to be utilized as a PTA. (Prerequisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program; 10-524-139, PTA Patient Interventions)

10-524-144 PTA PRINCIPLES OF NEUROMUSCULAR REHAB...integrates concepts of neuromuscular pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-524-142, PTA Therapeutic Exercise; 10-524-141, PTA Kinesiology 2; 10-524-139, PTA Patient Interventions; 10-524-155, PTA-Pediatrics)

10-524-145 PTA MUSCULO REHAB...integrates concepts of musculoskeletal pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-524-142, PTA Therapeutic Exercise; 10-524-141, PTA Kinesiology 2; 10-524-139, PTA Patient Interventions; 10-524-155, PTA-Pediatrics)

10-524-146 PTA MANAGEMENT OF CARDIOPULMONARY & INTEGUMENTARY CONDITIONS...integrates concepts of cardiopulmonary and integumentary pathologies, physical therapy interventions, and data collection in patient treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-524-139 PTA Patient Interventions; 10-524-142 PTA Therapeutic Exercise; 10-524-141 PTA Kinesiology 2; 10-524-155, PTA-Pediatrics)

10-524-147 PTA CLINICAL PRACTICE 1...provides a part-time clinical experience to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills pertinent to physical therapy practice. (Prerequisites: 10-524-144 PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehab; 10-524-145 PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehab; 10-524-146 PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Conditions, Corequisites: 10-524-148 PTA Clinical Practice 2, 10-524-151 PTA Clinical Practice 3)

10-524-148 PTA CLINICAL PRACTICE 2...provides another part-time clinical experience to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills required of the entry level physical therapist assistant in various practice settings. (Corequisite: 10-524-147, PTA Clinical Practice 1, 10-524-151 PTA Clinical Practice 3)

10-524-149 PTA REHABILITATION ACROSS THE LIFESPAN...a capstone course that integrates concepts of pathology, physical therapy interventions and data collection across the lifespan. The PTA's role in health, and physical therapy interventions for special patient populations. (Prerequisites: 10-524-144, PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehab; 10-524-145, PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehab; 10-524-146, PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Conditions; Corequisite: 10-524-148, PTA Clinical Practice 2)

10-524-150 PTA PROFESSIONAL ISSUES 2...incorporates professional development, advanced legal and ethical issues, healthcare management and administration, and further development of professional communication strategies. (Prerequisite: 10-524-140, PTA Professional Issues 1; Corequisite: 10-524-148, PTA Clinical Practice 2)

10-524-151 PTA CLINICAL PRACTICE 3...provides a full-time clinical experience to apply foundational elements, knowledge, and technical skills required of the entry level physical therapist assistant in various practice settings. (Prerequisites: 10-524-144, PTA Principles of Neuromuscular Rehab; 10-524-145, PTA Principles of Musculoskeletal Rehab; 10-524-146, PTA Management of Cardiopulmonary & Integumentary Conditions; Corequisite: 10-524-147 PTA Clinical Practice 1, 10-524-148, PTA Clinical Practice 2)

10-524-155 PTA PEDIATRICS...normal and abnormal human development, pediatric pathologies and dysfunctions, and physical therapy treatment approaches. (Prerequisites: 10-524-141, PTA Kinesiology 2; 10-524-142, PTA Therapeutic Exercise; 10-524-143, PTA Therapeutic Modalities)

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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