Introduction to Rehabilitation
Course #: PT 121
Class/Lab Hours: 3, 0
This course defines for the student the role of the physical therapist assistant and his/her place as a member of the rehabilitation team. The student learns the history of the profession of physical therapy and is introduced to its professional association, the American Physical Therapy Association (A.P.T.A.). The rehabilitation philosophy, ther-apeutic communication, medical and professional conduct, ethics, New York State Education Law, the referral process, patient dignity, patient rights and individual and cultural differences are included. The Disablement model, International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model, the elements of effective patient/client management, plan of care, participation in the operation of a physical therapy service, infection control, clinical problem solving and judgment making, interventions and outcomes are discussed utilizing the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The student learns the basics of medical terminology and documentation. An introduction to clinical education is presented. Co-requisites: PT 131 and PT 132.
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