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PTA 1100 Professional Issues

Scope and practice of the physical therapist assistant (PTA); role and responsibilities of the PTA in relation to the health care team; values and ethics; communication and introduction to documentation with an emphasis on medical terminology; teamwork and interprofessional collaboration; culture and spirituality in health care; stress management.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Rehabilitation Services
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: PTA 1000 


  • Students will be able to identify the basic components of physical therapy documentation and discuss the importance of communication among members of the healthcare team (ie. PT/PTA, PTA/Patient-Caregiver, Interprofessional communication).
  • Students will be able to recognize the impact cultural differences, spirituality, and stress may play in a patient’s treatment.
  • Students will be able to identify the role and responsibilities of a physical therapist assistant as well as the roles and responsibilities of other members of the health care team.
  • Students will be able to identify, discuss, and begin to demonstrate the values and ethics expected of a physical therapist assistant consistent with the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant (APTA), Standards of Ethical Conduct (APTA), Professional Behaviors, and Values Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant (APTA).

Credit Hours: 1

Classroom Hours: 1