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Please Note: Courses effective Fall 2014; for earlier terms, please refer to the appropriate class schedule.

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*IAI (Illinois Articulation Agreement) - An agreement among participating Illinois colleges and universities to help Illinois college students transfer credit as easily as possible. See an advisor in the Advising and Counseling for additional information, or read about the IAI at www.iTransfer.org.

Physical Therapist Assistant

PTA100 - Orientation to Physical Therapist Assistant
Course provides general orientation to health careers and the profession of physical therapy. Content includes professional ethics and conduct, legal issues, and role of the physical therapist assistant. Prerequisite: Admittance into program.BIO 231 or concurrent enrollment. HIT 104 or concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment in PTA 103 and PTA 105.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)

PTA103 - Communication and Interpersonal Skills for PTA
Course provides introduction to psychological and social aspects of the ill and disabled; verbal, nonverbal and therapeutic communication, special considerations in the care of geriatric patients and issues involved in working with the dying patient. Prerequisite: Admittance into program. BIO 231 or concurrent enrollment. HIT 104 or concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment in PTA 105 and PTA 100.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)

PTA105 - Basic Health Skills for the PTA
Course provides instruction in basic health skills used in physical therapy. Content includes anatomical and movement terminology; wound care and patient mobility training; skills and practice in body mechanics, patient positioning andtransfers; gait training, first-aid skills, vital signs and medical asepsis. Prerequisite: Admittance into program, BIO 231 or concurrent enrollment, PTA 100 or concurrent enrollment, HIT 104 or concurrent enrollment.
5 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 4)
Fee: $50

PTA107 - Physical Agents I
Course continues study of physical therapy skills. Content includes therapeutic heat and cold, massage and hydrotherapy. Prerequisites: Completion of PTA 100, PTA 103, PTA 105, BIO 231 and HIT 104 with minimum grade of C in each course, BIO 232 or concurrent enrollment; concurrent enrollment in PTA 110, PTA 161.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 3)
Fee: $55

PTA110 - Therapeutic Exercise I
Course introduces therapeutic exercise as applied to physical therapy. Content includes principles of exercise activities, posture, kinesiology, basic assessment skills; focus is on application of exercise programs. Completion of PTA 100, PTA 103, PTA 105, BIO 231, HIT 104 with minimum grade of C in each course; BIO 232 or concurrent enrollment; concurrent enrollment in PTA 107, PTA 161.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $30

PTA161 - Clinical Practicum I
(offered spring semester only)Course offers observation and beginning supervised clinical experience at a facility. Content includes lecture discussions of clinical experiences, practice in oral and written communications. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in PTA 107 and PTA 110.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 4)
Fee: $30

PTA162 - Clinical Practicum II
(offered summer semester only)Course is a five-week clinical experience consisting of 40 hours a week in a clinical facility and weekly class meetings. Content includes opportunities for establishing and following individual patient treatments and programs,performing consecutive treatments; gaining insights into medical, departmental, and institutional functions and organization. On-campus sessions include reinforcement of techniques and skills, communication skills and discussion of thePTA role. Prerequisite: PTA 107, PTA 110, PTA 161 and BIO 232 with minimum grade of C in all courses.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 12.5)
Fee: $30

PTA170 - Human Aging
Course examines current concepts of normal physical changes which occur in the adult human over time. Content includes physiological and structural effects of aging on major organs and systems of the body. Application of scientific findings to the health and wellness of older individuals discussed. Credit cannot be received for both PTA 170 and BIO 170. Recommended: previous course in Biology or Health Sciences.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

PTA207 - Physical Agents II
Course is the second unit of instruction in physical agents used in the treatment of physical dysfunction. Content includes the theory and application of traction and electrical currents used in assessment and treatment of patients.Prerequisite: PTA 162 with minimum grade of C; concurrent enrollment in PTA 210, PTA 211 and PTA 241.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 3)
Fee: $55

PTA210 - Therapeutic Exercise II
Course continues study of physical therapy skills. Content includes manual muscle testing, progressive resistive exercise, stretching and patient instruction. Focus is on physical therapy appropriate for orthopedic diseases and disordersthat affect all age groups. Prerequisite: PTA 162 with a minimum grade of C; concurrent enrollment in PTA 207, PTA 211 and PTA 241.
4 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 3)
Fee: $30

PTA211 - Neurology for the PTA
Course introduces the neurology that forms the basis of neurological treatment approaches utilized by the PTA. Content focus is on brain and spinal anatomy, neurodevelopmental stages and motor learning. Major neurological rehabilitationtreatment approaches introduced. Prerequisite: PTA 162 with minimum grade of C; concurrent enrollment in PTA 207, PTA 210, and PTA 241.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 0)

PTA214 - Basic Professional Reading Skills
Course covers instruction in basic research reading. Content includes skills needed to interpret physical therapy professional literature and basic research designs. Prerequisite: PTA 100, PTA103, PTA 105 with minimum grade of C in each course.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

PTA218 - Clinical Applications in PTA
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.
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)

PTA220 - Topics in Pathology for The PTA
Course provides study of diseases and disorders most commonly seen in physical therapy practice. Prerequisites: PTA 207, PTA 210, PTA 211 with a minimum grade of C in all courses; PTA 261 or concurrent enrollment; concurrent enrollment in PTA 218, PTA 230.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 3; lab: 0)

PTA230 - Advanced Procedures for the PTA
Course covers implementation of treatment programs for patients with specific diseases and disabilities. Content includes techniques used for neurological disorders, amputees, prosthetics and orthotics, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Prerequisites: PTA 207, PTA 210, and PTA 211 with minimum grade of C in all courses; PTA 261 or concurrent enrollment; concurrent enrollment in PTA 220 and PTA 218.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 3)
Fee: $30

PTA241 - Workplace Issues in Physical Therapy
Course introduces pertinent issues of physical therapy work environment. Content includes work expectations; administrative and departmental organization; various types of clinical treatment pathways and progressions. Prerequisite: PTA 162 with minimum grade of C; concurrent enrollment in PTA 207, PTA 210 and PTA 211.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

PTA242 - Career Strategies for the PTA
Course provides career overview for the PTA. Content includes exploration of career opportunities; professional development strategies; and employment requirements within the physical therapy delivery system. Prerequisite: PTA 207, PTA 210, PTA 211 and PTA 241 with minimum grade of C in all courses; PTA 261 with minimum grade of C or concurrent enrollment.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)

PTA261 - Clinical Practicum III
Course continues supervised practical experience in a physical therapy department. Provides added opportunities to apply and improve physical therapy skills. Prerequisite: PTA 162 with minimum grade of C; PTA 207, PTA 210, PTA 211 and PTA 241/242 with minimum grade of C in all courses or concurrent enrollment.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 0; lab: 8)
Fee: $20

PTA262 - Clinical Practicum IV
Course is a six-week summer practicum, each week 40 hours. Work experience is continued, stressing comprehensive performance. Content of lectures specifically relates to preparation for the licensing exam. Includes both study strategies and comprehensive reviews. Prerequisite: PTA 220, PTA 230, PTA 242 and PTA 261 with minimum grade of C in all courses.
3 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 15)
Fee: $80

PTA270 - Principles of Joint Mobilization for the PTA
Course introduces knowledge of peripheral joint mobilization. Content includes theory and practice of peripheral joint mobilization, and associated soft tissue mobilization as suitable for the Physical Therapist Assistant. Focus of lecture and laboratory sessions is on anatomy, reasoning, and treatment techniques.Prerequisite: PTA 210 and PTA 207 with minimum grade of C in all courses; PTA 261 or concurrent enrollment; concurrent enrollment in PTA 220, PTA 230 (or licensed PTA).
2 Credit Hours (lecture: 2; lab: 1)

PTA280 - PTA Licensing Exam Review
Course provides systematic review of PTA practice in preparation for the PTA licensing exam. An example computer-based licensing exam will be given at the end of the course. Prerequisite: Graduate of associate degree PTA program whomeets the requirement for licensure in Illinois.
1 Credit Hours (lecture: 1; lab: 0)
Fee: $40

PTA290 - Topics in Physical Therapist Assistant
Course offered as an elective for students currently enrolled in Oakton’s PTA program or licensed PTAs who exhibit interest in a specialty area of physic al therapy practice. Topics covered each semester vary based on currency andperceived student need. Course may be repeated on different topics up to three times. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

PTA291 - Advanced Clinical Topics for PTA
Course offered as an option for students currently enrolled in the second year of the PTA program or for licensed PTAs who wish to advance their clinical skills in specialized areas. Topics covered each semester vary, based on currency andperceived student need. Course may be repeated on different topics up to three times. Prerequisite may vary by topic.
1-4 Credit Hours (lecture: 1-4; lab: 1-4)

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