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City Colleges of Chicago Healthcare Programs Physical Therapist Assistant

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Associate in Applied Science

Effective April 26, 2017, Malcolm X College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org). Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in CAPTE Rules of Practice and Procedure November 2016 62 technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.​ 

This program requires students to submit a separate application or take additional action before enrolling. You can learn more about the program and the application process here.

 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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Program General Requirements

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Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The AAS model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.   

Biology
BIOLOGY 116
Anatomy And Physiology 4
Laboratory studies in gross and microscopic mammalian anatomy. Lectures correlating human anatomy and physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Malcolm X Olive-Harvey
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. Three or 4 topics are studied in depth, with at least 3 chosen from the following list: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic/set theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics of finance, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers are strongly recommended.
Prerequisites:Completion of Math 99 with a C or better, or ALEKS 46+, or COMPASS ALGEBRA 43+ AND College ALGEBRA 1-50, or ACT Math 21+, or SAT Math 500+ if before 3/1/16 (530+ if after 3/1/16), or Consent of department.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Physics
PHYSICS 131
Mechanics And Power 3
A limited number of principles are covered with emphasis placed on applications. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Malcolm X Richard J. Daley
Psychology
PSYCH 201
General Psychology 3
Historical survey of psychology and a study of the sensory and perceptual processes: learning, thinking, remembering, emotional behavior, motivation, mechanism of adjustment, and the total personality. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

52 CH
Exrcise Sci and Sports Studies
ESSS 101
Personal Trainer Preparation 4
This course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a certified personal trainer for a variety of client populations, including the foundations of client interaction, the assessment of physiological, functional, and biomechanical aspects of human movement in the individual, and the design and supervision of strength and aerobic individual and group exercise programs. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
ESSS 103
Allied Health Clinical Skills 2
Course Catalog Description: This course serves as an introduction to rehabilitation professions, the basic concepts governing rehabilitation practice, and skills performed by a rehabilitation aide. Course work includes orientation to various practice settings and scope of practice for a rehabilitation aide. This includes education and training, communication, patient care, basic medical terminology, mobility, assistive devices, activities of daily living, adaptive equipment, and therapeutic exercise. Completion of this course will give the student the skills to work as a rehabilitation aide under the supervision of a physical or occupational therapist or a physical therapist or occupational therapist assistant in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation centers, and home care. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of this course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
ESSS 112
Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology 5
This course provides an organized study of human anatomy and kinesiology, the study of human movement. A working knowledge of both human anatomy and kinesiology are fundamental to student success in programs within the Exercise Science and Sports Studies (ESSS) department. Emphasis is placed on the integration of structure and function of the skeletal, articular, muscular, nervous, and circulatory systems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify skeletal anatomy including bony landmarks and muscular anatomy including origins, insertions, nerve innervations, vascular supply, and action. The concepts of locomotion, biomechanics, forces and levers will be introduced and how these apply to functional movement. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Health Professions
HEAPRO 102
Health Career Studies 3
This course introduces students to the integral knowledge and professional skills required to be successful in healthcare careers. It prepares students for the rigor of healthcare career programs. It emphasizes understanding of the professional culture, retention and application of key foundational skills for professional healthcare practice, application of health information technology, and demonstrating cultural competence in interactions with others. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 100 or consent of Program Director or Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Malcolm X
Physical Therapist Assistant
PTA 110
Introduction to Physical Therapy 2
This course introduces the field of physical therapy (PT) and foundational knowledge of topics threaded throughout the technical portion of the physical therapist assistant curriculum. These topics include, but are not limited to, the history of the profession, PT practice settings, roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist assistant (PTA), the PT/PTA relationship and other interprofessional relationships, ethical and legal considerations in PT, communication skills, cultural competence and diversity in health care related to age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and disability, pharmacology medical terminology, documentation, basic patient safety, patient privacy/comfort, architectural barriers, recognizing and responding to emergency situations, and research and evidence based practice. Upon completion, students should be able to expand upon this foundational knowledge in subsequent courses as it pertains specifically to patient care and conditions/body systems studied. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admittance into the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 140
Health Promotion & Wellness I 1
This course introduces the physical therapist assistant student to health promotion and wellness beginning with a reflection of self as an individual and student, as member of the interprofessional healthcare team, and subsequently the community at large. Students will identify strategies for successful navigation of the physical therapist assistant program including identifying personal strengths and weaknesses, self-reflection on health beliefs, and skills to maintain a healthy school-life balance. The second portion of the course will shift beyond self to health promotion and wellness as a member of the community and interprofessional healthcare team. Students will identify, design, and implement an interprofessional initiative to promote the health and wellness of the members of our college community. Upon completion, students should be able to implement skills to maintain a school-life balance to maintain academic success and complete a needs assessment of their environment and implement feasible initiatives aimed at promoting the health and wellness of that community. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admittance into the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 150
Therapeutic Procedures I 3
This course introduces assessment and measurement techniques and mobility training commonly performed by the physical therapist assistant. In this course, students will learn the applicable foundational knowledge and clinical skills to complete anthropometric, joint ROM, muscle length, muscle strength, sensory, and balance/coordination tests and measurements. Additionally, this course will build upon foundational coursework emphasizing the underlying clinical decision making skills and technical skills for functional patient mobility including assistive device fitting, bed mobility, transfer training, gait training, stair navigation, and wheelchair mobility. Upon completion, students should be able to safely, correctly, and effectively apply and document these techniques and procedures within the plan of care and scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant under the supervision of a physical therapist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admittance into the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 160
Orthopedic Practice & Exercise 4
This course introduces commonly encountered orthopedic conditions in physical therapy and effective interventions for physical therapy management. As each joint of the human body is explored, emphasis is placed on foundational principles of tissue healing, pain management, and recovery of meaningful function for the patient. Using evidence based practice as a guide, clinical decision making skills stress progression and modification of interventions. Upon completion, students should be able to safely, correctly, and effectively apply and document tests, measurements, and interventions in clinical practice based on knowledge of orthopedic conditions as experienced by patients within in the plan of care and scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) under the supervision of a physical therapist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Admittance into the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 170
Therapeutic Procedures II 3
This course covers the theory and application of therapeutic modalities used in physical therapy practice. Modalities covered in this course include: superficial thermal agents (therapeutic heat and cold), ultrasound and phonophoresis, diathermy, lasers, ultraviolet, electrotherapeutics for pain management, muscle contraction, drug delivery, and tissue repair, EMG/biofeedback, traction, massage, compression therapies, aquatics and hydrotherapy. Emphasis is placed on foundational principles and mechanics from physics, physiological effects, indications, contraindications, precautions, skilled application of the modality, clinical decision making, evidence-based practice, and documentation procedures Upon completion, students should be able to safely, correctly, and effectively apply these techniques and procedures within the plan of care and scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) under the supervision of a physical therapist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of previous semester Physical Therapist Assistant coursework with a Grade of C or better.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 171
Cardiopulmonary & Vascular Practice 2
This course introduces commonly encountered cardiopulmonary and vascular conditions in physical therapy. In this course, students will learn the applicable knowledge and clinical skills to complete tests and measurements related to a patient’s cardiopulmonary and vascular status. Additionally, this course will further previous and foundational coursework emphasizing clinical decision making skills, proficiency with cardiopulmonary and vascular risk factor assessments, effective resistive and aerobic exercise progressions and modifications, response to emergent conditions, and wellness and prevention initiatives in the cardiopulmonary and vascular patient populations. Lymphatic and integumentary conditions, tests, measurements, and interventions are introduced as related to the cardiopulmonary and vascular systems. Upon completion, students should be able to safely, correctly, and effectively apply and document tests, measurements, and interventions in clinical practice based on knowledge of cardiopulmonary, vascular, and related lymphatic and integumentary conditions as experienced by patients within in the plan of care and scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) under the supervision of a physical therapist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of previous semester Physical Therapist Assistant coursework with a Grade of C or better.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 200
Pathophysiology & Complex Systems 2
This course introduces the remaining body systems and conditions encountered in physical therapy: integumentary, endocrine, immune, hematological, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and metabolic. For each system and its related conditions, the student will explore etiology, pathology, manifestation, medical and physical therapy treatment, and prognosis. Realistic complex patient care and multi-system involvement is explored through an integration with orthopedic, cardiopulmonary, and neurologic conditions routinely treated by the physical therapist assistant as the patient progresses through the acute care, inpatient rehab and/or SNF, home care, and outpatient physical therapy settings. Upon completion, students should be able to safely, correctly, and effectively apply and document tests, measurements, and interventions in clinical practice related to conditions involving complex system interactions within in the plan of care and scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) under the supervision of a physical therapist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of previous semester Physical Therapist Assistant coursework with a Grade of C or better.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 201
Neuromuscular Rehabilitation 3
This course introduces commonly encountered adolescent and adult neurological conditions in physical therapy. In this course, students will learn the applicable foundational knowledge and clinical skills to complete assessment and measurements of sensation, cranial nerve and reflex integrity, cognitive functioning, hypo/hypertonicity, ROM, MMT, spasticity, coordination, and balance. Additionally, this course will further previous and foundational coursework emphasizing clinical decision making skills, proficiency with risk factor assessments, effective exercise progressions and modifications, response to emergent conditions, and wellness and prevention initiatives in neurological patient populations. Upon completion, students should be able to safely, correctly, and effectively apply and document tests, measurements, and interventions in clinical practice based on knowledge of neurological conditions as experienced by patients within in the plan of care and scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) under the supervision of a physical therapist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of previous semester Physical Therapist Assistant coursework with a Grade of C or better.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 211
PTA Clinical Education I 7
This full time clinical education experience (40 hours per week for 8 weeks) offers students the opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of medical and physical therapy diagnoses, develop patient care skills under the supervision of a clinical instructor (physical therapist assistant and/or physical therapist), and become an active participant in the health care team. Students will be placed in inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of this course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in PTA 110, 140, 150 and 160. Students must complete an online training tutorial on use of the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI).
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 220
Physical Therapy Across the Lifespan 2
This course introduces foundations for human development and movement and explores developmental changes across the lifespan. At each developmental stage, this course expands upon physical, cognitive, emotional, psychosocial, and sociocultural changes experienced by individuals and how these differences impact effective physical therapy treatment. Commonly encountered conditions will be introduced along with effective interventions. Upon completion, students should be able to safely, correctly, and effectively apply and document tests, measurements, and interventions in clinical practice based on knowledge of patient conditions experienced across the lifespan within the plan of care and scope of practice of the physical therapist assistant (PTA) under the supervision of a physical therapist. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of previous semester Physical Therapist Assistant coursework with a Grade of C or better.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 240
Health Promotion & Wellness II 2
This course builds upon content of Health Promotion and Wellness I expanding upon cultural competence, service learning in a broader context as part of the interprofessional team, and continuing professional development as students prepare for the National Physical Therapist Assistant Exam (NPTAE) and employment. The course will integrate classroom and clinical knowledge from throughout the course of study in the physical therapist assistant (PTA) program culminating in a health promotion and wellness initiative aimed at the improving upon the health of the immediate community. Upon completion, students as part of an interprofessional team should be able to complete a needs assessment and implement feasible initiatives aimed at promoting the health and wellness of a culturally diverse community. In addition, students will gain the knowledge and tools to successfully seek licensure and employment. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of previous semester Physical Therapist Assistant coursework with a Grade of C or better.
Offered at: Malcolm X
PTA 260
Advanced PTA Clinical Education 7
This terminal full time clinical education experience (40 hours per week for 8 weeks) offers students the opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of medical and physical therapy diagnoses, develop entry-level patient care skills under the supervision of a clinical instructor (physical therapist assistant and/or physical therapist), and become an active participant in the health care team. Students will be placed in inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of this course.
Prerequisites:Successful completion of ALL previous Physical Therapist Assistant coursework with a grade of C or higher. Students must complete an online training tutorial on use of the Clinical Performance Instrument (CPI).
Offered at: Malcolm X

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