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Essential Functions of PTA Student

Technical standards for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program are based upon the following entry-level duties and activities of a Physical Therapist Assistant.

The graduate Physical Therapist Assistant will be able to perform quality physical therapy treatments to the patient including instruction of and treatment of tests, measurements, modalities, exercise programs, gait, balance and transfer training.  Abilities will include patient and room preparation, manipulation of physical therapy equipment, performing technical and ancillary tasks necessary to provide patient services per institutional policy.

    1. Lift/push/pull objects in excess of fifty (50) pounds without restriction.
    2. Transfer patients of more than 100 pounds with or without assistance and without restrictions.
    3. Stand/walk most of a typical workday (8 hours).
    4. Stand and balance self and patient while completing transfers, gait training, or balance exercises with or without an assistive device, orthotic, prosthetic, or exercise equipment.
    5. Perform manipulative skills such as:
      1. turning dials and pushing buttons to utilize and set parameters on electric/thermal equipment
      2. completing sterile and/or clean dressing changes
      3. assisting patient in donning/doffing prosthetics/orthotics
      4. raising a patient or an object from the floor to shoulder level and/or lowering a patient or object from shoulder level to floor
      5. transferring patient from bed, floor, cart, toilet, mat table, treatment table (plinth), wheelchair, chair, whirlpool to same
    6. Perform Physical Therapy treatments, such as:
      1. preparing cold/hot packs with covering and position it on patient
      2. position and reposition patient supine, prone, sidelying, and sitting according to their health condition on a hospital bed, mat table, plinth, or wheelchair
      3. Move a patient's body parts to perform or assist them with exercises
      4. perform a massage on a patient
      5. position patient in, around or with exercise equipment, set parameters and monitor treatment
      6. to position patients while performing tests and/or measurements on patients' body
    7. Respond promptly to emergency situation.
    8. Communicate (verbal and written) needs promptly and effectively in English.
    9. Evaluate a patient's condition by asking questions and listening to responses, observing conditions and behaviors, and reviewing charts.
    10. Concentrate for extended periods of time for team conferences, note writing and test taking.
    11. Attend to a task for extended periods of time, such as attending lectures and participating in laboratory activities.


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