HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM

                              HEALTH SCIENCES DIVISION


                                  PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

                                           PHTA 2239

                                  SPRING SEMESTER
                             INSTRUCTOR: JAN MYERS P.T.

I have read and understand the terms of this course as presented in the syllabus for PHTA 2239 and
agree to abide by them. I am aware of the required textbook(s) and materials and realize that reading
and coming prepared to class is critical for my success in these courses.

I further understand that if I am an ADA student, I can request reasonable instructional
accommodations and will follow the specified process according to HCCS Disability Services. I
recognize that it is my responsibility to register as an ADA student and discuss any accommodations
with the ADA counselor. I will also be responsible for informing each different instructor of these
approved accommodations at the onset of each semester. I will bring these accommodations in writing
to the lead instructor in each course.



                       (HCCS REPRESENTATIVE)

                          HOUSTON COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM


                                PHTA 2239: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

                                          SPRING SEMESTER


A capstone course which engages the student in the discussion of professional issues and behaviors related to
clinical practice and which prepares the student for transition into the workforce.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Prepare for licensure, employment, and professional development; and
identify behaviors in response to legal, ethical, and professional issues. Develop job placement skills; and
debate socioeconomic influences related to the field of physical therapy.


CREDIT: 3 Credit (3 lecture hours)


Class Handouts PTHA 2239. Class Handouts from Surface and Functional Anatomy, Pathology, P.T.
Procedures, Therapeutic Exercise, Rehabilitation Procedures and any corresponding books. It is advisable to
use class handouts from the Profession of P.T. and Introduction to Clinic courses.


Promoting Legal Awareness in Physical and Occupational Therapy: Ronald W. Scott: Mosby

Patient Practitioner Interaction: Carol M. Davis: Slack Publishers

A Guide To Success, Physical Therapist Assistant's Review for Licensure: Scott M. Giles, M.S., P.T.

Working in Health Care: Michael W. Drafke: F.A. Davis

Management of Physical Therapy Practice: An Integrated Approach: Jan Walter: Mosby

This course is designed to facilitate the transition of the student from the PTA student role to an employee in
a P.T. Department.


Lecture materials are indicated on the schedule. Selected media will be used as part of the presentations.
Students are to come to class prepared to discuss various topics and with assignments completed. Guest
lecturers participate on a regular basis. Changes may need to be made in the schedule to accommodate

Review of the entire curriculum will be addressed in this course. Earnest participation in the review is
essential. Students are encouraged to ask any questions that they may have regarding the role of the Physical
Therapist Assistant and the field of Physical Therapy. Students are encouraged to formulate discussion

In the following components of the PTA program the student must achieve a 75% grade in each
component to pass the course.

Component 1: Lecture Attendance: 75% grade. Students must attend 95% of all scheduled
                           lectures to pass the course.
Component 2: Lab Attendance: 75% grade. Students must attend 95% of all scheduled lab
                           classes to pass the course
Component 3: Theory Tests: 75% average grade

Attendance Statement of Commitment
Being on time, staying throughout the entire class, and exemplary attendance, go hand in hand with
professionalism. Students who do not abide by the course attendance requirements show a lack of strong
professional commitment. As a result, this will reflect on the faculty’s perception of the student’s
readiness for clinical affiliations.

1. Definitions:
 Tardy:
A student arrives after the official start time of class through the first 15 minutes is considered tardy.

 Leaving Early:
A student who leaves before the official end time of class or before class is dismissed by the lead instructor
within the last 15 minutes of class will be considered leaving early.

 Absent from class:
A student who arrives after the official start time of class greater than 15 minutes late will be considered

        A student who leaves class prior to the last 15 minutes of class will be considered
         A student who does not attend class will be considered absent
         A student who has accumulated any combination of three tardies or three leaving earlies
               will have one absence

A written warning will be issued for the first offense of tardiness or leaving early (as defined); the next
offense will be penalized as defined in the attendance requirements.
Students are responsible for materials covered during their absences.

4. Students are responsible for material covered during their absences.

5. Any exceptions to this rule may be evaluated on an individual basis. Students should call the instructor or
PTA staff if they know that they will be late or absent. If no message is left, no exceptions to the rule will be

6. Each student begins the course with an Attendance grade of 100. For each absence from a scheduled class
time, the student will have 10 points deducted from the 100. For example, if a student is absent 2 times, the
attendance grade would be an 80%. If the student does not have a grade of 75% or above in attendance in
this course prior to clinic, he/she will not be able to attend the clinical affiliation.


Students can be dismissed for cheating on exams or assignments. Students dismissed for cheating will not
be allowed readmission to the PTA program.

SPELLING: One half point will be taken from the student's grade for each misspelled word in written
exams or assignments.



The Houston Community College System does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the recruitment
and admission of students or the operation of any of its programs and activities. The designated office for
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 is the HCCS Access and Equity Office. Additional information regarding the process for obtaining
accommodations for students with physical and mental disabilities may be obtained by contacting the
Disability Support Counselor, Dr Raj Gupta, 713-718-7631.

The college will make its campus and programs when viewed in their entirety, accessible to individuals with
disabilities. Where it is impractical to modify a specific area to make it accessible, the college will provide
and accessible alternative.

 Any student with a documented disability (e.g. physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) who
needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact the Disability Services Office at the
respective college at the beginning of each semester. Faculty is authorized to provide only the
accommodations requested by the Disability Support Services Office.
For questions, please contact Donna Price at 713-718-5165 or the Disability Counselor at your college.
 The Faculty Handbook/Faculty Orientation is also available at
Please visit the ADA Web site at: http://www.hccs.edu/students/disability/index.htm

NOTICE: Students who repeat a course three or more times may soon face significant tuition/fee
increases at HCC and other Texas public colleges and universities.               Please ask your
instructor/counselor about opportunities for tutoring/other assistance prior to considering course
withdrawal or if you are not receiving a passing grade.


                 1. Board Review Mock I                                     10%
                 2. PTA Comprehensive Exam Mock II                          20%
                 1. Career Development                                      15%
                    (Resume-4%, LTG/STG-1%
                           Cover letter-1%, Thank-you letter-1%
                           Two video interview critiques (6%) Critique of
                           Booths and Summary of interview fair-2%)
                       2. Interview Evaluation (2)                            5%
                              a. Resume resubmit                             5%
                       3. Department set-up project (1-7)                    20%
                       4. Quality Assurance project (8-9)                     12%
                       5. Class participation                                  8%
                       6. Professional Points Project                          5%
A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given in PTHA 2239 if any project or homework is not
As a reminder without this course being completed, students will not receive a letter
of completion that is necessary for the State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

1. PTA Comprehensive Exam:
Two (2) PTA Comprehensive Exams will cover material taught over the two years of the program in
multiple choice form. They will simulate the State Licensure Exam for the PTA in length and types of
questions. They will be conducted and graded in the same manner that the state exam is conducted and
graded. They will be administered on computer. The first test will be given in March; the second test in May
following the week of board preparation. The final test must be passed with a grade of 70.


1. Career Development:
a. The student will establish short and long term career goals, write a resume, cover letter, and appropriate
thank you letter. The resume must be rewritten until it is professionally acceptable. Covers letters are to be
addressed to the employers you will speak to at the “Interview Fair”. Thank you letters are to be written and
sent to the same employers. A copy of the thank you letter must be submitted for credit.
b. Students will critique their own performance during their two videotaped interviews at the Interview Fair.
 On the critique form provided, students must make at a minimum 3 comments regarding their interviews.
10 points will be lost if there are no comments.
c. They will also write a critique of the interview fair booths and a summary critique of the Interview Fair.
(Be prepared to hand out copies of your resume to your interview persons.)
d. Additionally, a grade will be received on your interview. A minimum of two interviews will be performed.
 A grade will be assigned based on an average of the interviewers’ critique of the student. Following the
interview, if suggestions for improvement of your resume were made, changes should be made and the
resume resubmitted.
e. If no changes were suggested, you still MUST resubmit a final resume.

2. Department Set-up and Quality Assurance Project:
Part I:
During PTHA 1267, students will work on a PT department set up and management project. The purpose of
these projects is to inform students of the development of a department and cost that occur in a department.
In addition, students will learn how to communicate with the appropriate management personnel to
determine why departments are run the way they are, what the organizational chart looks like, and what type
of quality assurance projects occur in their PT departments.
The project will include the following material:
        1. A sketch of the PT department (or office area if treatments are done bedside)
        2. Square footage of the department
        3. Who determined the design of the department? Was there input from the staff? Is the department
        large enough to handle the current patient load? Does the department have a ‘good flow” to it?
        4. Submit a copy of the organizational chart of the department. If there is none, then develop one
        based on an interview with the appropriate management personnel.
        4. How many staff is employed. Break this down to PT, PTA, business office, techs, etc.
        5. What type of equipment is in the PT department? If you are in a hospital, what equipment is the
        responsibility of the PT department? List a minimum of 10 pieces.
        6. Choose 3 pieces of equipment in the department. Price the equipment and submit a picture of the
        7. Choose 3 disposable items used in the department such as US gel, electrodes, etc. Price the items
        and submit a picture of the items.
Part II:
        1. Meet with your CI to determine who might help you determine how Quality Assurance is managed
        at the facility you are in. After determining who this might be, describe in detail (minimum of 1
        page) a QA project that involves the PT department. Describe how this benefits the patients, the
        staff, or the PT department.
        2. Write up any suggestions that you might have seen or experienced that might be appropriate for a
        Quality Assurance project. These might include changes they might be made to more readily
        comply with HIPAA, OSHA, Medicare, etc. This should be a minimum of 1 page.

4. Class Participation
Participate in class activities and complete reading assignments. This includes attendance. See Attendance
Policy regarding the requirements of the course.

5. Professional Point Project - Total required 1000: Complete professional activities, write a summary of
the activity and submit a log with required proof for each activity attended. Follow the same procedure and
point system as outlined in PHTA 1201.
Activities that are included are as follows:
1. SED/PT meeting: 250 points Meetings are being held in January, February, March, and April
2. Participation Chevron Houston in the Marathon: 250 points
3. Participation in a fun run that benefits a charitable organization. Preferably an organization that might
have ties to the world of Physical Therapy.

6. Research assignment- Given in class

7. Completion of Clinical Instructor Project given in PTHA 2266.

A detailed calendar of class meetings days and times, topics, reading assignments, and due dates is
posted on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester.

SCANS ( Secretary’s commission on Achieving Necessary Skills)
A study was conducted for the Department of Labor by the American Society for Training and Development
which identified the seven skills U.S. employers want most in entry level employees. These skills are
motivation to learn, basic skills, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, career development, and
leadership. The relationship between SCANS competencies and the objectives of PTHA 2239 that will be
emphasized are listed below.

                                           Manage Money: C2
                                 Manage Materials, space and staff: C3
                                 Participates as a member of a team: C9

                                  OBJECTIVES For PTHA 2239

1. Design your own career plan, write your resume, and complete two (2) interviews using examples and
information on career planning, resume writing, and interview techniques. To master this task, you must
design a career plan for the next five years which includes 90% of the criteria listed in the career planning
information, write an error free resume following the resume guidelines, and complete 70% of the set criteria
for an interview.

2. Identify your own styles of learning, teaching, communication, and management with a 90% accuracy
according to the instruction check list. A learning style, teaching style, communication style, and
management style evaluation sheet will be given.

3. Explain how different management and communication styles affect personal and professional
relationships and situations, feedback and counseling in the work environment, team building and P.T.
organizations in P.T. departments and health care delivery systems, problem solving techniques, and stress
management techniques with 75% compliance with grading criteria.

4. Complete the required research assignment
6. Describe the meaning of each research section when evaluating a journaled APTA article with 75%
compliance with grading criteria.

7. Pass the PTA Program Comprehensive Exam with a grade of 70%.

8. Complete the 1000 Point Professional Project demonstrating minimum of 75% participation in events
listed on the 1000 Point criteria sheet.

9. Participate in departmental project including all information listed under section 3-Department Set-up.

10. Demonstrate cooperation and employee potential by participating in at least 75% of the class activities/
reading assignments.

11. Demonstrates knowledge of billing and reimbursement methods, procedures, and terminology with 75%
of the class/activities and assignments.

12. Demonstrates knowledge of the performance improvement process as it relates to physical therapy by
completing a performance improvement project.

13. Describes the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to become a competent clinical instructor.
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