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Physical Therapy Aide

$1,895.00 (USD)



I.    Lesson 1 – Introduction to Physical Therapy

    A. Your Instructor
    B. History of Physical Therapy
    C. The Physical Therapy Evaluation
    D. Physical Therapy Treatment
    E. The Rehabilitation Team
    F. Responsibilities, Duties, and Roles of the PT, PTA, and PT Aide

II.    Lesson 2 – Organization of the Human Body

    A. Levels of Organization
    B. Body Regions
    C. Body Cavities
    D. Abdominopelvic Regions and Quadrants
    E. Body and Body Parts Sections
    F. Directional Terms

III.    Lesson 3 – Basics of Pathology

    A. Homeostasis
    B. Negative Feedback
    C. Vital Signs
    D. Important Definitions Related to Pathology
    E. Principles of Treatment of Pathology

IV.    Lesson 4 – Infection Control

    A. History of Infection Control
    B. Types of Pathogens
    C. Transmission of Infection
    D. The Disease Process
    E. Preventing the Spread of Infection

V.    Lesson 5 – Pressure Ulcers

    A. Causes of Pressure Ulcers
    B. Risk Factors for Pressure Ulcers
    C. Staging of Pressure Ulcers
    D. Treatment of Pressure Ulcers
    E. Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

VI.    Lesson 6 – Preventing Injuries

    A. Introduction to Body Mechanics
    B. Anatomy of the Spine
    C. Importance of Correct Posture
    D. Principles and Concepts of Proper Body Mechanics
    E. Lifting Principles and Techniques
    F. Pushing, Pulling, Reaching, and Carrying

VII.    Lesson 7 - Transferring Patients Safely

    A. Terminology for Transfers
    B. Principles of Safe Transfers and Special Precautions
    C. Mobility Activities for Bed
    D. Specific Standing, Sitting, and Lifting Transfers
    E. Use of Mechanical Equipment

VIII.    Lesson 8 – Use of Wheelchairs

    A. Proper Selection and Fit of Wheelchairs
    B. Patient and Family Education
    C. Wheelchair Components and Features
    D. Types of Wheelchairs
    E. Assisted Functional Activities
    F. Independent Functional Activities

IX.    Lesson 9 – Gait

    A. Language of Joint Movement
    B. Muscles of the Lower Extremities
    C. Normal Gait Cycle
    D. Disorders That Can Affect Gait
    E. Abnormal Gait Patterns

X.    Lesson 10 – Ambulation Aides

    A. Measurement and Fit of Ambulation Aids
    B. General Safety Precautions
    C. Tilt Tables and Parallel Bars
    D. Use of Walkers
    E. Use of Crutches
    F. Use of Canes

XI.    Lesson 11 – Ambulation Activities

    A. Changing Directions
    B. Curbs and Inclines
    C. Stairs
    D. Doors, Elevators, and Automobiles
    E. Floors and Falls

XII.    Lesson 12 – Draping and Positioning of Patients

    A. Principles of Correct Positioning and Draping
    B. Applying Principles to Different Positions
    C. Preventive Positioning
    D. Draping Patients Correctly

XIII.    Lesson 13 – Muscular System

    A. Functions and Characteristics of Skeletal Muscle Tissue
    B. Anatomy of Skeletal Muscles
    C. Contraction of Skeletal Muscles
    D. Diseases Affecting the Muscular System
    E. Common Injuries to the Muscular System

XIV.    Lesson 14 – Skeletal System

    A. Organization of the Skeleton
    B. Joints
    C. Types of Bone Tissue
    D. Common Diseases of Bones and Joints
    E. Common Injuries to Bones and Joints

XV.    Lesson 15 – Exercise for the Treatment of the Muscular and Skeletal Systems

    A. How Muscles, Bones, and Joints Work Together
    B. Exercise to Maintain Range of Motion
    C. Exercise to Increase Muscle Strength and Endurance
    D. Exercise Parameters
    E. Supervising a Patient’s Exercise Program

XVI.    Lesson 16 – Physical Modalities for the Treatment of the Muscular and Skeletal Systems

    A. From Injury to Disability
    B. The Stages of Healing
    C. Cold and Heat
    D. Ultrasound, Traction, and Massage
    E. Electrical Stimulation
    F. Contraindications and Precautions

XVII.    Lesson 17 – Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

    A. The Heart
    B. The Blood Vessels
    C. Disorders of the Cardiovascular System
    D. Anatomy of the Respiratory System
    E. The Interaction Between the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
    F. Disorders of the Respiratory System

XVIII.    Lesson 18 – Nervous System

    A. Organization of the Nervous System
    B. Nerves, Neurons, and Neuroglia Cells
    C. How Neurons Work
    D. The Brain and Spinal Cord
    E. Disorders of the Nervous System

XIX.    Lesson 19 – Treatment of the Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Nervous Systems

    A. From Pathology to Disability
    B. Treatment of Cardiovascular Disorders
    C. Treatment of Respiratory Disorders
    D. Treatment of Nervous System Disorders
    E. Special Concerns for Pediatric and Geriatric Patients

XX.    Lesson 20 – The Rest of the Organ Systems

    A. The Integumentary System
    B. The Lymphatic System
    C. The Endocrine System
    D. The Digestion System
    E. The Urinary System
    F. Male and Female Reproductive Systems

XXI.    Lesson 21 – Communication in the Physical Therapy Facility

    A. Communicating with the Physical Therapist
    B. Communicating on the Phone
    C. Communicating with the Patient and Family Members
    D. Empathy, Respect, and Patience
    E. Nonverbal Communication
    F. SOAP Notes

XXII.    Lesson 22 – Legal and Ethical Issues for the Physical Therapy Aide

    A. Law and Ethics
    B. The APTA’s Code of Ethics
    C. Patients’ Rights, Negligence, and Malpractice
    D. Patient Confidentiality
    E. Starting Your Career






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