PT 601

Basic Physical Therapy Skills I

This course introduces the basic skills and procedures that form the foundation of the physical therapy educational program. The course content includes passive range of motion, draping, positioning, and fundamental functional activities such as transfers and ambulation with assistive devices. This course exposes students to the various roles of the physical therapist as an independent practitioner and in conjunction with other disciplines. The course also introduces the medical documentation and the fundamentals of patient and caregiver teaching in multiple situationa all of which are expanded upon in subsequent courses. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of the motor and interpersonal skills necessary to perform these procedures and to proficiently train patients and caregivers in the basic skills learned in the course.