Introduction to Patient Care
This course is a blended course, and introduces basic information regarding the healthcare system in general and the profession of physical therapy, in order to explore physical therapist assisting as a vocation. Emphasis is placed on the provision of physical therapy services, the history and scope of the practice of the physical therapist and the physical therapist assistant, factors influencing the delivery of service, relationships and communication with patients and other health care providers, professional behaviors and legal and ethical issues related to health care. Guest lecturers and panels will provide insight into health care from current practitioners. The student will gain an understanding of the professional responsibilities inherent in providing health care and learn basic concepts of developing provider relationships.