Issues in Health Care Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Office Location

Allied Health Building, Room 122

Office Hours

Tuesday 1:30-3:00 pm or by appointment


Course Information

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The Tutoring for Success policy applies to any student whose grade or performance in the course falls below a departmentally determined minimum threshold. In either of those cases, the instructor will direct the student to the appropriate tutoring service, which may be faculty-led, discipline-specific, and/or general. Under this policy, the instructor will follow specific departmental guidelines governing the use, duration, and grade component of the tutoring need.

Administrative Drop Policy

Students who do not attend class on or prior to the census date will be administratively dropped. Effective Fall, 2016

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PTHA-2317-001 Issues in Health Care


Prerequisites: PTHA 1260, PTHA 1301, PTHA 1321, PTHA 1405, PTHA 1413, PTHA 1431, PTHA 2301, PTHA 2409, PTHA 2431, and PTHA 2409. Corequisites: PTHA 2567

Course Description

Organizational patterns, administrative principles, legal and ethical issues in physical therapy, and preparation for licensure and employment.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


This course requires access to the Independent Study Bundle purchased from NPTE Final Frontier.  Students will be required to complete 2 of the FSBPT PEAT Online Exams during this course as per the instructor's directions to complete this course successfully.


 Computer with internet access

2 copies of the Academic Practice Exam and Assessment Tool (PEAT) - cost $79

Access to NPTE Final Frontier Independent Study Bundle. The NPTE Final Frontier Full Live Course is recommended.

Student Performance

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This course is designed to prepare the student for development of job placement skills, interpretation of legal and ethical issues, preparation for the national licensing exam, and exploration of organizational patterns and practices in physical therapy and health care.

Course Objectives

1.Identify the required steps for obtaining PTA licensure.

2. Design a written resume that highlights professional qualities.

3. Develop a written plan to guide the review process for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) for Physical Therapist Assistants.

4. Demonstrate the knowledge base of an entry-level physical therapist assistant by obtaining a passing grade on a mock licensure examination.

5. Demonstrate professional behaviors consistent with those expected of an entry-level PTA through displaying all Professional Behaviors at the entry-level.

6. Demonstrate the importance of personal and professional growth as related to a commitment to life-long learning.

7. Integrate appropriate professional resources into a patient case study highlighting evidence-based assessment techniques and treatment interventions from within the physical therapist’s plan of care (7D11).

8. Describe the impairments, activity, and participation limitations for a patient treated during clinical education experiences utilizing the ICF model of disability (7D16).

9. Describe the process for reporting suspected cases of abuse of vulnerable populations (7D2).

10. Describe the process for reporting suspected cases of fraud and abuse related to the utilization of and payment for physical therapy and other health care services (7D3).

11. Compare common reimbursers for physical therapy and other health services.

12. Integrate appropriate resources on health care reimbursement for mock patient case scenarios.

13. Utilize the RIPS model of ethical decision making to implement a plan of action in response to an ethical situation, demonstrating sound moral reasoning congruent with core professional ethics and values (7D6).

14. Interpret the components of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant for ethical scenarios (7D6).

15. Compose a self-assessment regarding professional performance during the program’s terminal clinical education experiences utilizing the APTA’s Value Based Behaviors for the Physical Therapist Assistant (7D5).

16. Compare different PTA career and lifelong learning opportunities (7D14).

17.Recognize issues related to cultural and socioeconomic diversity as it relates to the health care environment (7D8).

18. Compose a letter to a policymaker advocating for physical therapy services.

19. Discuss current professional issues within physical therapy with classmates and faculty members.

20. Describe and compare organizational structures, operations, and planning within different physical therapy services.

21. Complete a Quality Assurance chart review to determine accuracy for mock patient case scenarios (7D29).

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

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.

 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


            Journal Entries/Assignments/Discussion      5%   

            NPTE Review Materials                                 30%

            Quizzes                                                              10%

            Resume                                                             10%

            Case Study                                                        25%

            Capstone Exam                                                20%



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


All assignments must be completed. Journal entries, discussion posts, and other daily assignments will be graded on a check mark basis. If the submission is not acceptable for a check mark, the submission will be returned to the student until an acceptable submission meets the approval of the instructor. The student will have 1 week from the time that the original submission is returned to submit an acceptable submission. After 1 week, a 5-point deduction is applied to the assignment grade. Journal article reviews, tests, resume, and case study will be assigned numerical grades.


Note: A grade of C or better is required to complete the PTA major.  The student must attain a passing grade (74.5% or 600/800) on the Final Capstone Exam in order to satisfactorily complete the Amarillo College Physical Therapist Assistant Program.


ATTENDANCE: 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 by the instructor or a sign-in sheet will be available. 

Each absence in lecture or lab classes results in a grade of "0" for attendance in the gradebook; likewise, a tardy (more than 10 minutes) results in a grade of "50" in the gradebook. Timely attendance results in a "100." Habitual late arrivals (more than 3) below the 10-minute penalty mark, extended breaks during class, or leaving class early are disruptive to the class and will be addressed by the instructor and can result in additional penalties.  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 and unexcused absences. Prior approval of absence and approval of excused absence 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.  Excused absences are allowed in the following circumstances: campus-directed quarantine through the health services of AC, personal illness supported by a primary health care provider's note or excuse, and death or funeral within immediate family. Other circumstances may be considered for approval upon submission of a written request by the student. This will be determined by an ad hoc committee of the 3 faculty members. 

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

The purpose of the remote access to class is directed toward the person placed in quarantine or person with personal illness validated by documentation from a primary health care provider with full opportunities to complete quizzes and assignments due for that class period. Other students who are absent but do not meet the criteria for excused may participate in the class remotely but will obtain a "0" for any assignment or quiz during that session. 

When participating in an online virtual class, the student should be in a lighted quiet space with minimal distractions, preferably at a desk or table. The student should be in appropriate clothing for the classroom. The student’s face should be visible on camera at all times with the microphone kept muted when verbal interaction is not required. Log in for class on time and limit chat messages to material that is relevant to the class.


This course is a 3 hour hybrid course.  The on-campus portion is tentatively scheduled for the weeks of 1/18/22 &  5/09/22. Attendance is mandatory for all students. Times and location to be announced.

PTHA 2317 Issues in Health Care (96 Contact Hours)

2022 Schedule

Week 1

  • Introduction to Clinicals
  • Introduction to Resumes
  • Review of Professional Behaviors
  • Case Study

Week 2

  • APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct
  • APTA Values-Based Behaviors for the PTA
  • Self-Assessment

Week 3

  • Benefits of APTA Membership
  • Advocacy for the Physical Therapy Profession

Week 4

  • Regulation of Health Care Facilities

Week 5

  • Texas Rules and Practice Act
  • Resume and Cover Letter First Copy Due Sunday, February 20 at 11:59 pm

Week 6

  • Protection of Your License

Week 7

  • Patient Advocacy

Week 8

  • Professional Development for the PTA

Week 9; Spring Break

Week 10

  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Patient/intervention Portion of Case Study Due Sunday, March 27, at 11:59 pm

Week 11 

  • Reimbursement
  • Resume and Cover Letter Final Corrected Copy Due

Week 12

  • Quality Assurance and Improvement

Week 13

  • Case Study Rough Draft Due

Week 14

  • Legal Issues
  • Final Case Study Due Sunday, April 24 at 11:59 pm

Week 15

  • Professionalism

Week 16

Week 17; Finals Week and Commencement

  • Capstone Exam Monday, May 9, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
  •  Wrap-Up (on-campus classes)
  • Class photos


Additional Information

 No late work will be accepted; therefore, the student is encouraged to closely monitor all due dates.

Case Study:

During the semester the student will be required to submit 1 case study based on a patient treated during the final practicum experience (first 7 week practicum).  This assignment must be at least 8 pages in length (not including title page and references) and must be written in AMA format.  A minimum of 5 references must be included with at least 4 of these references from peer-reviewed articles.  If sources are not correctly cited in your paper, this will be considered plagiarism and will result in a failing grade for the assignment.  The student must adhere to all guidelines for essay submission.


Two online tests will be completed during this course.  Although the student will be required to utilize computer resources to complete the tests, the student will NOT be allowed to collaborate with peers/others during the completion of these tests.  Collaboration with another individual before, during, or after the test will be considered cheating.

Journal Entry Assignments:

The student will be required to complete Journal Entries for this course.  Journal Entry Assignments will generally be opened on the Monday before their due date.  Each Drop Box will contain specific instructions for its completion.  In general, journal entry assignments will be due by 11:59 pm on Sundays.

Discussion Posts:

The student will be required to complete Discussion Board Assignments for this course.  Discussion Board Assignments will generally be opened the Monday before their due date.  In addition to the original posts, students will be required to provide at least 2 meaningful responses to their colleagues each week.  These responses are due on the same day as the post (usually 11:59 pm on Sunday).  Students should be diligent in submitting their posts early in the week to allow colleagues to read and comment.  All posts and responses should reflect original thoughts/opinions.  The grading rubric to be utilized for Posts/Responses will be posted in lessons.  If a student’s posts are submitted late on Sunday without ample time to allow other students to read and comment, the grades for the posts will be negatively affected.  Posts will not be considered for grading until the initial post and the 2 responses have been completed.

NPTE Completion:



The student is required to complete a professional resume during this course. The resume will be submitted through the Assignment Dropbox as a Word Document (not a pdf file).  Although there is no specific format required for the resume, the student is encouraged to browse online examples of resumes when completing the assignment.  Please do not pay for resume services in order to complete this assignment.

Comprehensive Final:

The capstone final exam will be provided by the FSBPT in the form of the PEAT.  This computerized final will cost $79 for 2 exams and will be administered in the computer lab.  All students enrolled in the PTA program are required to pass a comprehensive final.  Thus, students failing to pass the PEAT capstone final on the initial try will have one more opportunity to pass a different version of the comprehensive final during the semester.  Additional testing will be required in the summer if a student fails to pass the comprehensive final after 3 attempts.

LAST DATE TO DROP/WITHDRAW: April 21, 2022 – Any student not withdrawn by April 22, 2021 will receive the grade earned.

SAFETY PROCEDURES: In case of an emergency, the student needs to call the Safety and Security department at 9-371-5163.  In an emergency situation, use the nearest phone that is available.  The student should also know in case of a medical emergency, the following procedure should be performed and in the order written:

  1. call 9-911 for an ambulance
  2. call Amarillo College Police (806) 371-5163


Syllabus Created on:

01/17/22 8:50 PM

Last Edited on:

03/08/22 9:00 AM