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Sinclair College

PTA 1215 Functional Mobility

Theory, clinical rationale and application of therapeutic interventions utilized in the practice of physical therapy, with emphasis on demonstration of knowledge, skillful performance and patient education related to functional mobility and gait training. Six lab hours per week.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Rehabilitation Services
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: PTA 1140 AND PTA 1145 


  • Students will be able to select appropriate functional mobility interventions within the physical therapist’s plan of care that address the environmental needs for mobility of the patient.
  • Students will understand the principles of functional mobility and how to effectively and safely apply these with patients of various levels of functional independence.
  • Students will instruct patients in positioning, bed mobility, transfers, pre-gait, and gait skills commensurate with the patient’s level of need and understanding, utilizing the most appropriate assistive mobility device in a safe and effective manner and appropriately document patient treatment.
  • Students will be able to assess physical environments and the patient’s readiness for various functional mobility tasks within those environments, monitor the patient’s response to mobility activities, assess treatment outcomes, and determine the need for treatment modifications.

Credit Hours: 2

Lab Hours: 6