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Course Descriptions


PTAP-100   Introduction to Physical
2 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the role of a physical therapist assistant in the healthcare delivery system. History and organization of the physical therapy profession, standards of prac- tice, laws and regulations, the interdisciplinary healthcare team, ethics, and accessing research/ healthcare literature will be covered. Prerequi- site: Admission  to Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)  program.  Corequisites:  ENGL-121 and BIOL-101. (2 hours weekly)

PTAP-110   Fundamentals of Practice I
3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the skills needed to care for patients in varied settings. This course will include  body measurements, range of motion,  vital signs, lifting  and trans- fers, draping and positioning, documentation guidelines, manual muscle testing, posture and body alignment, assistive devices, and the pre- ambulatory patient. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program, BIOL-101, ENGL-121, and PTAP-100. Corequisites: BIOL-203, PSYC-101, PTAP-130, and PTAP-213. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

PTAP-120   Clinical Kinesiology
3 Credits

This course will present advanced anatomy of the musculoskeletal system with emphasis on joint mechanics, human movement, and palpa- tion of anatomical landmarks. The student will learn the principles of normal and abnormal posture and gait. Prerequisite:  PTAP-214. Coreq- uisites:  PTAP-150, PTAP-160, and  PTAP-210. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

PTAP-130   Therapeutic Modalities I
3 Credits

This course is an introduction  to the use of physical modalities for patient treatment. The principles of inflammation, cell repair, pain, and pain management will be introduced. The student will learn the physics, physiology, indica- tions, contraindications, application, and patient preparation for the use of heat, cold, ultrasound, massage, vasocompression,  wound  care, hy- drotherapy, and phonophoresis. Prerequisites: BIOL-101, ENGL-121, and PTAP-100. Corequisites: BIOL-203,  PSYC-101, PTAP-110, and PTAP-213. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)


PTAP-150   Clinical Pathology
3 Credits

This course describes the etiology, signs, symp- toms, and treatment of diseases and disorders commonly  encountered in physical  therapy. Prerequisite:  PTAP-214. Corequisites:  PTAP-120, PTAP-160, and PTAP-210. (3 hours weekly)

PTAP-160   Orthopedic Dysfunctions I
3 Credits

This course will present the principles of tissue development, healing, and response to physical therapy treatments. Common cer vical spine and upper extremity orthopedic  diagnosis, physi- cal therapy inter ventions, and post-operative and injur y care protocols  will be discussed. Prerequisite:  PTAP-214. Corequisites:  PTAP-120, PTAP-150, and  PTAP-210. (2 hours  lecture,  3 hours lab weekly)

PTAP-210   Fundamentals of Practice II
3 Credits

This course provides an introduction to physical disabilities and community barriers. Independent activities of daily living, prosthetics, orthotics, static/dynamic   splints, casts, and braces will be discussed. Also included will be relaxation training, pulmonary function, air way clearance techniques, breathing exercises, functional assessment, functional  exercise, balance as- sessment, and balance training. Prerequisite: PTAP-214. Corequisites:  PTAP-120, PTAP-150, and PTAP-160. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

PTAP-213   Clinical Education I
2 Credits

This course consists of a review of Healthcare Provider-level  CPR and First Aid, HIPAA, OSHA Hazard Communication (includes bloodborne pathogen), and introduction to the clinic during the first two weeks of the semester, followed by weekly on-site clinical  experience  in local settings. The course will allow for obser vation of physical therapy inter ventions and applica- tion of elemental principles of patient care to uncomplicated patients under direct super vision and at the discretion of the Clinical Instructor. Prerequisites: BIOL-101, ENGL-121, and PTAP-100. Corequisites: BIOL-203, PSYC-101, PTAP-110, and PTAP-130. (2 hours lecture, 6 hours lab, 8 hours clinical weekly)

PTAP-214   Clinical Education II
2 Credits

This course consists of a clinical  experience at one clinical  site. The students will have the opportunit y to  apply  skills  and  knowledge developed in previous coursework in the techni- cal program. Prerequisites: BIOL-203, PSYC-101, PTAP-110, PTAP-130, and  PTAP-213. (8 hours clinical weekly)

PTAP-230   Therapeutic Modalities II
3 Credits

This course continues with the study of physics, physiology, indications, contraindications,  and patient preparation  for the use of modalities. Focus will be on electromagnetic modalities including iontophoresis, biofeedback, transcu- taneous electrical  ner ve stimulation  (TENS), neuromuscular electrical stimulation, high volt, interferential, and microcurrent. The course will also include mechanical traction, continuous passive motion, and laser. Prerequisites: PTAP-
120, PTAP-150, PTAP-160, and PTAP-210. Corequi- sites: BIOL-204 and MATH-138. (2 hours lecture,
3 hours lab weekly)

PTAP-240   Therapeutic Exercise
3 Credits

This course covers the principles of exercise physiology, the application of exercise to treat- ment plans and injury prevention, equipment and exercise inter ventions to improve flexibility, strength, and motor  control,  special topics in women’s health, and cardiovascular function. Prerequisites: BIOL-204, MATH-138, and PTAP-
230. Corequisites:  PTAP-250, PTAP-260, PTAP-
265, and  SPCH-110. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab weekly)

PTAP-250   Clinical Neuroscience
3 Credits

This course focuses on ner vous system anatomy and function, and normal/abnormal develop- ment.  Students also learn  assessment of the neurologically impaired patient and therapeutic approaches to central ner vous system dysfunc- tions throughout the life cycle. Prerequisites: BIOL-204, MATH-138, and PTAP-230. Coreq- uisites: PTAP-240, PTAP-260, PTAP-265, and SPCH-110. (2 hours  lecture,  3 hours  lab weekly)

PTAP-260   Orthopedic Dysfunctions II
3 Credits

This  course  presents common  lo wer-ex- tremity and thoracolumbar spine orthopedic diagnosis and physical therapy inter ventions. Post-operative and  injur y care protocols  are discussed. Prerequisites: BIOL-204, MATH-138, and  PTAP-230. Corequisites:  PTAP-240, PTAP-
250, PTAP-265, and SPCH-110. (2 hours  lecture,
3 hours lab weekly)

PTAP-265   Professional Issues in
Physical Therapy
1 Credit

This seminar covers topics relevant to profes- sional development and communication. Topics include cultural competence, learning and com- munication  styles, and ethical and legal aspects of care. The structure and function of institutions, reimbursement systems, wellness, and special topics in health care will be discussed. Employ- ment topics will include resume writing, inter- viewing, and performance appraisals. Work and life issues will be covered. Prerequisites: BIOL-
204, MATH-138, and PTAP-230. Corequisites: PTAP-240, PTAP-250, PTAP-260, and SPCH-110. (1 hour weekly)

PTAP-270   Clinical Education III
4 Credits

This course consists of a full-time clinical  rotation at one clinical site. The student will apply skills and knowledge from all previous coursework to patient care with the purpose of developing entry-level clinical competency. Clinical compe- tencies will be continued. An oral presentation will be presented to the staff. The clinical  site may require travel away from the local region, including  out-of-state. Prerequisites: PTAP-240, PTAP-250, PTAP-260, PTAP-265, and SPCH-110. (16 hours clinical weekly)

PTAP-275   Clinical Education IV
4 Credits

This course consists of a full-time clinical  rotation at one clinical site. The student will continue to apply skills and knowledge obtained from all previous coursework and clinical experiences. Clinical competencies must be completed by the end of this rotation. An oral presentation will be presented to the staff that differs from Clinical Education III. A one-day review of clinical ques- tions and licensure exam details will follow the end of the clinical. Location of clinical  sites may require travel away from the local region, includ- ing out-of-state. Prerequisite:  PTAP-270. (16 hours clinical weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomedical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial Planning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
First-Year Experience - FYEX
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG
Geology - GEOL

German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Women's Studies - WMST