Clinical Applications in PTA

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PTA 218

       Course Name: Clinical Applications in PTA

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Completion of PTA 207, PTA 210, and PTA 211 with minimum grade of C in all courses.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines the clinical management of complex physical therapy patients.  Focus is on the practical application of effective treatment strategies to a variety of diagnoses using a case-study problem based approach.

IV.   Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diagnoses presented and the implication to physical therapy care for the patient with multiple diagnoses.
  2. Prioritize diagnoses and interventions with the application of theoretical content.
  3. Integrate various sources of information to formulate appropriate physical therapy interventions for each patient problem.
  4. Apply previously learned physical therapy treatment interventions to specific case scenarios.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the overlapping roles of interdisciplinary teams, family support systems, and patient education and community resources.
  6. Demonstrate both self-directed activities and personal accountability and collaboration with classmates to meet learning objectives.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Orthopedic diagnoses
    1. Evaluation results
    2. Sources of information
      1. APTA Guide to PT Practice
      2. On-line resources
      3. Text book resources
    3. The treatment plan and goals
    4. Progressing the patient
    5. Anticipated and unanticipated outcomes
    6. Discharge planning
      1. Patient/family education
      2. Community resources
  2. Neurologic diagnosis
    1. Evaluation results
    2. Sources of information
      1. APTA Guide to PT Practice
      2. On-line resources
      3. Text book resources
    3. The treatment plan and goals
    4. Progressing the patient
    5. Anticipated and unanticipated outcomes
    6. Discharge planning
      1. Patient/family education
      2. Community resources
  3. Multiple/Mixed diagnosis
    1. Evaluation results
    2. Sources of information
      1. APTA Guide to PT Practice
      2. On-line resources
      3. Text book resources
    3. The treatment plan and goals
    4. Progressing the patient
    5. Anticipated and unanticipated outcomes
    6. Discharge planning
      1. Patient/family education
      2. Community resources
  4. Pediatric diagnoses
    1. Evaluation results
    2. Sources of information
      1. APTA Guide to PT Practice
      2. On-line resources
      3. Text book resources
    3. The treatment plan and goals
    4. Progressing the patient
    5. Anticipated and unanticipated outcomes
    6. Discharge planning
      1. Patient/family education
      2. Community resources

VII.  Methods of Instruction

May vary with instructor, but the course will utilize a problem based learning approach with a case study format augmented by lab activities and lecture/discussions.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attend two hours of lecture and one hour of lab per week.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  1. APTA “Guide to PT Practice” 2nd ed.
  2. PT publications available on on-line databases (med-line, etc)
  3. Various textbooks used in previous coursework
  4. Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton’s Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

  1. Written examinations at end of each unit: 60% of course grade.
  2. Written homework assignments: 20% of course grade
  3. Final written analysis: 20% of course grade

Grades determined by percentage of total points as follows:

90.0-100  = A
80.0-89.9 = B
70.0-79.9 = C

Scores below 70.0% are considered failing. It is not the policy of the program to "round up" decimals when computing final course grades.

XI.   Other Course Information

Attendance mandatory for all scheduled classes. Repeated tardiness and/or absences will result in lowering course grade.

Students found guilty of plagiarism/cheating are subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.

Ordinarily there will be no make-ups of exams or quizzes, announced or unannounced.  In the event a student has an absence when a test or quiz is scheduled, the instructor may elect to allow a make up test with a penalty.

Late homework assignments will not be accepted.

In event of illness or emergency, instructor must be notified prior to class time.

Electronic devices with audible signals are not permitted in class. This includes cellular telephones, audible pagers and translators with audible signals.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be    entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services.  To request accommodations    or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie  campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements.  The College   will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.