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Physical Therapy Aide

George Mason University-Arlington

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES125
Hours: 150
Fees: $1995.00 USD

Outline

Lesson 1 – Introduction to Physical Therapy

  • Your Instructor
  • History of Physical Therapy
  • The Physical Therapy Evaluation
  • Physical Therapy Treatment
  • The Rehabilitation Team
  • Responsibilities, Duties, and Roles of the PT, PTA, and PT Aide

Lesson 2 – Organization of the Human Body

  • Levels of Organization
  • Body Regions
  • Body Cavities
  • Abdominopelvic Regions and Quadrants
  • Body and Body Parts Sections
  • Directional Terms

Lesson 3 – Basics of Pathology

  • Homeostasis
  • Negative Feedback
  • Vital Signs
  • Important Definitions Related to Pathology
  • Principles of Treatment of Pathology

Lesson 4 – Infection Control

  • History of Infection Control
  • Types of Pathogens
  • Transmission of Infection
  • The Disease Process
  • Preventing the Spread of Infection

Lesson 5 – Pressure Ulcers

  • Causes of Pressure Ulcers
  • Risk Factors for Pressure Ulcers
  • Staging of Pressure Ulcers
  • Treatment of Pressure Ulcers
  • Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Lesson 6 – Preventing Injuries

  • Introduction to Body Mechanics
  • Anatomy of the Spine
  • Importance of Correct Posture
  • Principles and Concepts of Proper Body Mechanics
  • Lifting Principles and Techniques
  • Pushing, Pulling, Reaching, and Carrying

Lesson 7 - Transferring Patients Safely

  • Terminology for Transfers
  • Principles of Safe Transfers and Special Precautions
  • Mobility Activities for Bed
  • Specific Standing, Sitting, and Lifting Transfers
  • Use of Mechanical Equipment

Lesson 8 – Use of Wheelchairs

  • Proper Selection and Fit of Wheelchairs
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Wheelchair Components and Features
  • Types of Wheelchairs
  • Assisted Functional Activities
  • Independent Functional Activities

Lesson 9 – Gait

  • Language of Joint Movement
  • Muscles of the Lower Extremities
  • Normal Gait Cycle
  • Disorders That Can Affect Gait
  • Abnormal Gait Patterns

Lesson 10 – Ambulation Aides

  • Measurement and Fit of Ambulation Aids
  • General Safety Precautions
  • Tilt Tables and Parallel Bars
  • Use of Walkers
  • Use of Crutches
  • Use of Canes

Lesson 11 – Ambulation Activities

  • Changing Directions
  • Curbs and Inclines
  • Stairs
  • Doors, Elevators, and Automobiles
  • Floors and Falls

Lesson 12 – Draping and Positioning of Patients

  • Principles of Correct Positioning and Draping
  • Applying Principles to Different Positions
  • Preventive Positioning
  • Draping Patients Correctly

Lesson 13 – Muscular System

  • Functions and Characteristics of Skeletal Muscle Tissue
  • Anatomy of Skeletal Muscles
  • Contraction of Skeletal Muscles
  • Diseases Affecting the Muscular System
  • Common Injuries to the Muscular System

Lesson 14 – Skeletal System

  • Organization of the Skeleton
  • Joints
  • Types of Bone Tissue
  • Common Diseases of Bones and Joints
  • Common Injuries to Bones and Joints

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

  • How Muscles, Bones, and Joints Work Together
  • Exercise to Maintain Range of Motion
  • Exercise to Increase Muscle Strength and Endurance
  • Exercise Parameters
  • Supervising a Patient’s Exercise Program

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

  • From Injury to Disability
  • The Stages of Healing
  • Cold and Heat
  • Ultrasound, Traction, and Massage
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Contraindications and Precautions

Lesson 17 – Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems

  • The Heart
  • The Blood Vessels
  • Disorders of the Cardiovascular System
  • Anatomy of the Respiratory System
  • The Interaction Between the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • Disorders of the Respiratory System

Lesson 18 – Nervous System

  • Organization of the Nervous System
  • Nerves, Neurons, and Neuroglia Cells
  • How Neurons Work
  • The Brain and Spinal Cord
  • Disorders of the Nervous System

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

  • From Pathology to Disability
  • Treatment of Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Treatment of Respiratory Disorders
  • Treatment of Nervous System Disorders
  • Special Concerns for Pediatric and Geriatric Patients

Lesson 20 – The Rest of the Organ Systems

  • The Integumentary System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Digestion System
  • The Urinary System
  • Male and Female Reproductive Systems

Lesson 21 – Communication in the Physical Therapy Facility

  • Communicating with the Physical Therapist
  • Communicating on the Phone
  • Communicating with the Patient and Family Members
  • Empathy, Respect, and Patience
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • SOAP Notes

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

  • Law and Ethics
  • The APTA’s Code of Ethics
  • Patients’ Rights, Negligence, and Malpractice
  • Patient Confidentiality
  • Starting Your Career

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