Rehabilitation Techniques Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PTHA-2435-001 Rehabilitation Techniques


Prerequisites: PTHA 1260, PTHA 1301, PTHA 1405, PTHA 1413, PTHA 1431, PTHA 2301, and PTHA 2409. Corequisites: PTHA 1321 and PTHA 2431.

Course Description

Comprehensive rehabilitation of selected diseases and disorders.

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(4 sem hrs; 3 lec, 3 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Physical Rehabilitation: Assessment and Treatment by O’Sullivan, Schmitz, and Fulk, 7th ed.

Observational Gait Analysis by Ranchos Los Amigos

Therapeutic Exercise by Kisner & Colby, 6th ed.

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Student Performance

COURSE DESCRIPTION:    Advanced course integrating previously learned and new skills/techniques into the comprehensive rehabilitation of selected long-term pathologies.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This course is designed to give the student the knowledge needed to treat patients with long term and chronic disabilities.  It also provides the student the opportunity to integrate their knowledge of treatment approaches from previous courses with new information. Successful completion of the Amarillo College PTA Program and achievement of a passing score on the National Physical Therapy Examination allows the graduate eligibility for licensure as a physical therapy assistant in all 50 states of the United States.

Given the course textbooks, personal notes, handouts, and other material, the student should be able to do each of the following on a written and/or practical examination with an accuracy of 76.0% or higher as evaluated by the faculty of the department:

Gait, Balance, and Coordination 

1.   Identify the indications, contraindications, and parameters of balance exercises, coordination exercises, and gait activities. 

2.  Identify treatment strategies to improve balance, coordination, and functional gait. 

3.  Identify standardized balance assessment instruments. 

4.   Demonstrate the ability to competently perform balance and coordination exercises and gait facilitation. 

Exercise Progression and Transitional Movement 

5.  Demonstrate the ability to perform techniques to improve patient independence with transitional movements. 

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 

6.  Describe changes in vital signs and oxygen consumption in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. 

7.  Describe normal and abnormal cough and sputum characteristics. 

8.  Identify signs and symptoms of respiratory distress. 

9.  Demonstrate the ability to competently perform coughing and breathing strategies. 

10.  Demonstrate the ability to competently perform postural drainage techniques. 

11.  Identify physical therapy treatment interventions for pulmonary disorders. 

12.  Identify cardiac pathologies and their clinical manifestations. 

13.  Compare the stages of cardiac rehabilitation. 

14.  Identify the indications and possible side effects of common cardiac medications. 

15.  Identify safety factors and precautions specific to a cardiac rehabilitation program. 

Vascular and Lymphatic Systems 

16.  Identify vascular and lymphatic pathologies and their clinical manifestations. 

17.  Describe medical and physical therapy management of vascular and lymphatic conditions. 

Burns and Wounds 

18.  Compare the major types of burns and wounds. 

19.  Outline how degree and depth of burns are determined. 

20.  Describe appropriate physical therapy treatment interventions, including appropriate dressings, for a wound or burn. 

21.  Recognize viable and nonviable tissue. 

22.  Demonstrate the ability to competently perform a sterile dressing change with sterile technique, including donning and doffing of personal protective equipment. 


23.  List the most frequent indications for lower extremity and upper extremity amputations. 

24.  Compare the various amputation levels, including expected functional recovery following rehabilitation. 

25.  Identify the components and function of a transtibial and transfemoral prosthesis. 

26.  Identify post-operative orthopedic, skin, and nervous system problems common to patients with amputations. 

27.  Demonstrate the ability to competently perform residual limb wrapping. 

28.  Identify the components of an amputation rehabilitation program. 

29.  Demonstrate the ability to perform appropriate treatment for patients with amputations based on the physical therapist's plan of care. 

30.  Identify safety factors, precautions, and application guidelines for proper use of selected prosthetics. 

31.  Demonstrate the ability to educate a mock patient in typical prosthetic care instructions. 

32.  Identify patient responses that necessitate modifications to interventions within the plan of care and communicate those responses to the supervising physical therapist. 


33.  Identify the function of various types of orthotic devices. 

34.  Identify safety factors, precautions, and application guidelines for selected orthotic devices. 

35.  Describe the role of orthotics in achieving short and long term goals within the plan of care. 

Wheelchairs and Mobility Equipment 

36.  List the standard measurements for an adult wheelchair. 

37.  Identify common problems with wheelchair fitting and positioning, as well as potential solutions. 

38.  Demonstrate proper techniques for wheelchair propulsion during various functional activities. 

39.  Identify the components of a standard wheelchair and describe the purpose of each. 

40.  Describe wheelchair management and mobility training strategies for specialized patient populations, including patients with hemiplegia and spinal cord injuries. 

Adaptive Equipment 

41.  Identify patient populations that might benefit from the use of adaptive equipment. 

Cancer Rehabilitation 

42.  Describe the role of physical therapy in oncology. 

Chronic Pain 

43.  Identify characteristics of chronic pain syndromes. 

44.  Describe physical therapy management strategies for patients with various types of chronic pain. 

Gender Health 

45.  Identify signs, symptoms, and etiology of gender specific conditions. 

46.  Describe physical therapy management of gender specific conditions. 

47.  Recognize physiological changes which occur during pregnancy. 

48.  Describe prenatal and postnatal physical therapy treatment strategies. 


49.  Identify the physiological changes that occur across the lifespan, including implications for physical therapy treatment. 

Health and Wellness 

50.  Describe the differences between interventions focused on health and wellness and interventions designed to help restore/recover motor skills. 

51.  Discuss the role of the physical therapist assistant in health and wellness promotion. 

Functional Assessment

52.  Demonstrate the ability to utilize standardized functional assessment instruments including the Functional Independence Measure (FIM).

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Students shall read the Amarillo College "Student Rights and Responsibilities" information with emphasis placed on the Academic Information, Student Conduct and Responsibilities, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education/Prevention Program sections.
Students will not use cell phones in the classroom, unless the instructor allows use for a specific activity. All such devices must be placed on silent mode and kept stored. If a student expects that there may be some type of emergency situation, the student should inform the instructor prior to the beginning of class. Unauthorized use of cell phones in class will result in the student being asked to leave the class and being counted absent for the lecture/lab.
Student participation is a required element during Lecture and Lab classes. If a student refuses to participate actively or is disengaged in a discussion or activity, the student may be asked to leave class and will be counted absent for the day. Students do have the right to refuse the application of any specific treatment or activity for medical or personal reasons. This does not constitute a reason for absence from class. Alternate activities or assignments will be required.
Students in the PTA Program are expected to dress conservatively and professionally, as expected in the clinic.  Upon request of the faculty, the student will attend class in professional dress including black, navy, or khaki pants and cobalt blue polo shirt with the PTA logo. Clean, closed-toe, closed-heel shoes with non-slip soles in good condition should be worn during all class and lab activities. Amarillo College Badge/ID's should also be worn during all off-campus class and clinical activities.
Jewelry and cologne are to be kept to a minimum. All jewelry should be conservative and limited to a minimal amount. The student's professional dress is subject to approval by the course instructor. If professional dress code is not followed, the student may not be able to participate in the scheduled activity, may receive a grade penalty for the day, and/or may not have the option to makeup the assignment. This decision is at the discretion of the instructor. 
Courtesy and respect are expected between the student and instructor. Students are expected to be attentive to instructor, guests, and other students during presentations. Students are required to extend highest respect to patients/clients/others when making off-campus contact. Lack of regard to this expectation at any time by any single student or group of students may result in immediate dismissal of the student/s from the situation by the instructor, guest lecturer, or patient/client/other.
Dishonesty in the classroom or in completing any assignment will not be tolerated. Students demonstrating academic dishonesty as defined in the "Student Rights and Responsibilities" publication will receive a grade of "F" in the course and will be subject to all PTA Program policies regarding course failure.
Student Grievance: A student who has an issue with the course or course instructor should make every attempt to resolve the problem with the course instructor. If that is not successful, the student may appeal the decision of the instructor to the program director, Allied Health Dean, Dean of Instruction, and the Amarillo College President - IN THAT ORDER.

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria

Assignments/Quizzes                    10% 

Lecture Exams                                45%

Final Exam                                       20% 

Practical Exams                              20%

Attendance                                       5% 

  • The class average must be at least 76.0% for the student to successfully pass the course. The student must successfully complete all assignments and meet course objectives in order to pass the course.
  • Students who do not meet minimum proficiencies during a lab practical, scoring a 75.9% or below, will be given one opportunity to re-test before the course is completed. If the practical is repeated to achieve competency, the highest grade that can be achieved is 76.0%. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in ALL critical safety elements before being allowed to pass the course. If a student is absent on the day of a practical exam, the highest grade that can be achieved is 76.0% except in extenuating circumstances as determined by the instructor. 
  • Assignments may be in the form of a quiz or submission and may be graded on a check-mark system for satisfactory completion. If unsatisfactory work is submitted, the assignment is returned to the student for correction and edits. FAILURE TO COMPLETE ANY SINGLE ASSIGNMENT TO A SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE WILL RESULT IN A ZERO FOR ASSIGNMENTS GRADE TO BE CALCULATED INTO THE FINAL GRADE AS WEIGHTED BY THE INSTRUCTOR. 

Any student scoring a 79 or lower on an exam or practical is REQUIRED to contact the instructor to discuss remediation. IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO SCHEDULE THIS SESSION. The student will be required to schedule and attend tutoring at one of AC’s tutoring centers. Locations for tutoring can be found at The required number of tutoring sessions will be determined at the discretion of the instructor. The student will be required to bring verification of attendance at tutoring to the instructor.

A = 100 - 92.0
B = 91.9 - 84.0
C = 83.9 - 76.0
F = 75.9 - 0

Note: A grade of C or better is required to complete the PTA major.

MAKE-UP POLICY FOR LECTURE EXAMS: There will be a penalty for make-ups on exams. Any unexcused absence from an exam results in a 10-point deduction from the earned grade. The make-up exam will vary in format from the original exam. The student must present verification for the absence in order to take a make-up exam without a penalty The instructor may choose what type of verification is needed. 
The student should expect to take the make-up exam on the day the student returns to class, unless otherwise notified by the instructor.


Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, the student is responsible for class attendance. The student is expected to be seated and prepared to begin class at the designated time. At the beginning of each lecture and lab, attendance will be recorded in Blackboard.  A sign-in sheet may be available for tracking purposes. 

The student's attendance score is based on 100% for each on-time attendance and 50% for each tardy attendance. Habitual tardiness (at least once weekly event) will be addressed with the instructor. The attendance grade is calculated in the course grade as weighted by the instructor. 

Full attendance of class time is also expected. A student will be counted as "absent" if the student is out of class more than 20 minutes of a class time. For example, if in any given day a student arrives 15 minutes late to class, takes an extra 5 minutes for break and leaves class for 5 minutes for any reason (phone calls, appointments, bathroom breaks, illness), that is considered an "absence" for the day. This type of absence counts in the total number of absences resulting in lowering of the final course grade.

If a student is asked to leave a class due to disruption or lack of participation, the student will be counted absent for that entire class.

The rules above apply to all unplanned absences. Prior approval of planned absences and approval of excused absences are solely at the discretion of the faculty based on the circumstances and reasons for absence. Written validation is required for any absence that is considered excused and exempt from this policy. 

Following an absence, the student is responsible for getting missed notes/assignments/copies of handouts, etc. from classmates. The student is also responsible for getting any needed clarification of missed information from the course instructor.


Rehabilitation Techniques 2021 Schedule

Week 1     

Balance, Coordination, and Gait


Week 2        

Locomotor Training

Exercise Progression & Transitional Movements 


Week 3      

Environmental Assessment


Week 4   


Exam 1

Wheelchairs/Adaptive Equipment

Wheelchair Mobility


Week 5     

Functional Assessment


Week 6      



Week 7    

Exercise Physiology /Normal Values Review

Aerobic Exercise


 Week 8       


Exam 2

Cardiac Disorders



Week 9  Fall Break    


Week 10       

Pulmonary Disorders


Week 11    


Cardiopulmonary Rehab


Week 12      

Vascular, Lymphatic, & Integumentary Systems

Therapeutic Taping


Week 13    

Exam 3

Amputations/Pre-prosthetic Care

Prosthetics/Prosthetic Gait

Week 14       

Burns & Wound Care


Week 15     

Arthritis and Cancer Rehab

Gender Health


Week 16      

Promoting Health& Wellness


Week 17    


Additional Information

Lecture meets on Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 -10:00 am and is taught by the PTA department. The lab for this course meets on Tuesday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

112 Contact Hours

LAB DRESS CODE: Appropriate dress is required during scheduled lab times.

Females: shorts, sports bra, halter, or swimsuit top (fasteners need to be in the back), athletic clothing as a cover-up

Males: shorts, T-shirt, athletic clothing as a cover-up

LAST DATE TO DROP/WITHDRAW:  November 23, 2021. Any student not withdrawn by November 23, 2021 will receive the grade earned.

 As previously stated, tutorials are mandatory if a student a score of 79 or lower on a practical or exam but will be optional for all other students in the course.


Syllabus Created on:

08/13/21 6:19 PM

Last Edited on:

09/14/21 12:13 PM