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Course Descriptions - Revised April, 2013.

PT 701   Clinical Anatomy - 90 hours, 4 credits
This course is an in depth study of the human body, with emphasis on the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems.  Structural interrelationships shall be examined as the basis for normal functions and a means to understand structural and functional dysfunctions. Clinical correlates to physical therapy are examined. Prerequisite is acceptance into the Physical Therapy Program.

PT 702   Medical Terminology - Online, 1 credit
This programmed computerized self-study will provide students with the ability to analyze medical terms, define basic terms and abbreviations used in documenting health records and identify common terms related to diagnosis, therapies, and diagnostic tests. Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the Physical Therapy Program.

PT 703   Foundations P.T. Care - 60 hours, 2 credits
This course serves as an introduction to the physical therapy profession and includes the history and scope of physical therapy practice. Fundamental physical therapy handling skills and massage techniques are introduced and practiced by the students. Documentation of physical therapy services is introduced. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Physical Therapy Program.

PT 704   Ethical and Psychosocial Dimensions of PT Practice  - 45 hours, 3 credits
This course examines the multifaceted role of the physical therapist in the health care delivery system. Introduces student to education theory and methodology and professionalism.  Communication skills, written and oral, are reviewed and examined. Topics include Code of Ethics, Guide for Practice, direct access and reimbursement. Students are introduced to the purpose and process for evidenced-base practice. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Physical Therapy Program.

PT 705   Upper Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment  -  45 hours, 2 credits
The structure and function of joints and muscles will be reviewed for the upper extremities, head, and neck. Clinical applications for functional movement and biomechanical principles are incorporated in the course. Students learn the skills of manual muscle testing (MMT) and goniometry for the upper extremities, head, and neck. Prerequisite:  Acceptance into the Physical Therapy Program.

PT 710   Research Design and Methods - 45 hours, 3 credits
Introduction to the scientific methods of inquiry, approaches to data analysis, types of experimental designs and their application to physical therapy research and practice. Taught during the first nine weeks of the fall semester, year one. Prerequisite: PT 701, PT 702, PT 703, PT 704

PT 720   Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology - 75 hours, 5 credits
This course provides an overview of cellular structures and functions whichregulates body homeostasis from the point of cell division and genetic control of protein synthesis. Prerequisite:  PT 701, PT 702, PT 703, PT 704

PT 730   Structure and Function of the Nervous System - 45 hours, 3 credits
This course provides an overview of microscopic, gross, and developmental anatomy of the human nervous system with emphasis on neurological process, structural and functional relationships. A local progression of information from molecular and cellular levels, to systems and regions provides framework for students to understand neural organization. Prerequisite:  PT 720, PT 710

PT 740   PT Prevention & Intervention - 90 hours, 4 credits
Students learn and practice basic concepts of mobility, ROM and stretching techniques. Application of therapeutic exercise to a broad population of clients from acute care to sports rehab are discussed and practiced including prevention and restoration of function. Therapeutic application of basic neurophysiological principles associated with strengthening are also presented and practiced. Prerequisite:  PT 710, PT 720

PT 750   Physical Modalities – Clinical Decision Making & Application - 75 hours, 3 credits
Principles and practical application of thermal, mechanical, electromagnetic and other energies in physical therapy is presented.   This course is an introduction and comprehensive review of the physical modalities that are commonly employed in the physical therapy clinic for evaluation and treatment of various physical dysfunctions. Prerequisite:  PT 710, PT 720. 

PT 760   Lower Extremity Kinesiology & Assessment - 60 hours, 2 credits
The structure and function of joints and muscles will be reviewed for the lower extremities and trunk.  Clinical applications for posture and gait evaluation are incorporated in the course.  Students learn the skills of manual muscle testing (MMT) and goniometry for the lower extremities and trunk. Prerequisite:  PT 710, PT 720. 

PT 770   Directed Research I  -  45 hours, 1 credits
To provide students with basic patterns of research from review of the literature to the design of an appropriate research project in the clinical physical therapy environment. Prerequisite:  PT 710, PT 720.

PT 780   Clinical Medicine - 45 hours, 3 credits
This course provides an overview of disease and injury with an emphasis on conditions encountered in physical therapy. Student understanding of altered structural and physiological processes and how they apply to physical therapy assessment and treatment are expectations of this course. Prerequisite: PT 710, PT 720.

PT 795   Integumentary System: Assessment & Intervention  -  30 hours, 1 credit
The course focuses on evaluation and management of individuals with integumentary dysfunction.  Anatomy and physiology of the skin is and the principles involved in normal wound healing are presented.  Evaluation and management of individuals with burns and wounds based on clinical presentation will be covered in a lecture and practical format. Prerequisite:  PT 710, PT 720.

PT 801   Pulmonary P. T.  -  45 hours, 2 credits
This course is designed to promote clinical reasoning skills in the examination, assessment,  and intervention of patients with pulmonary dysfunctions. Issues related to pulmonary dysfunction will be explored in a laboratory format.  Prerequisite:  PT 720, PT 710.

PT 802   Clinical Education: Clinical Issues in the Continuum of Care -  30 hours, 2 credits
This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles and theories of educational strategies. The student will apply education concepts to the various roles physical therapists serve when educating clients, families, caregivers, healthcare team members and when delivering formal presentations. Development of effective communication skills in client and health professional interactions is a fundamental portion of the class. This course also prepares the student for their first clinical internship. Prerequisite:  PT 730, PT 740, PT 750, PT 780.

PT 803   Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Orthopedics I - 30 hours, 2 credits
This course is designed to promote clinical reasoning skills in the examination, assessment, and intervention of patients with orthopedic dysfunctions. Issues related to orthopedic dysfunction will be explored in a laboratory format. Prerequisite:  PT 730, PT 760.

PT 804   Introduction to Neurological PT  -  45 hours, 2 credits
Foundations, examination, and interventions for the treatment of disorders of the Central Nervous System. Motor patterns of recovery and techniques as taught by Brunnstrom will be presented. Concepts of Motor Control and Motor Relearning Programs will enhance students’ application of these techniques within the context of modern movement science. Prerequisite:  PT 730, PT 760.

PT 805   Musculoskeletal Examination and Interventions I  -  60 hours, 3 credits
Basic examination techniques utilizing selective tissue tension tests that will be applied to evaluate and diagnose lower extremity orthopedic conditions. Joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques and specific exercises will be applied as the Physical Therapy intervention for these diagnoses. Prerequisite:  PT 760, PT 780, PT 740.

PT 806   Clinical Affiliation I - 6 weeks full time, 3 credits
The first of four clinical internships in an acute care hospital setting or other setting appropriate for the objectives of this course.  Under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist, the student will integrate and apply course work to provide quality care in the evaluation and treatment of patients with a variety of diagnoses.  Prerequisite:  PT 804, PT 805.

PT 807   Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation - 45 hours, 1 credits
The historical and theoretical framework of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) will serve as the foundation for learning these specialized hands on exercise techniques.  Students will apply the principles for training of the trunk and extremity musculature to potential patients with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary dysfunction.  Prerequisite:  PT 806.

PT 808   Differential Diagnosis in Neurological Evaluation  -  30 hours, 1 credit
A system of testing peripheral, central and autonomic nervous system function will be presented with an emphasis on specificity and sensitivity of the tests. Assessment of clusters of signs and symptoms that are used in clinical problem solving will be addressed. Prerequisite: PT 806.

PT 809   Directed Research II:  Practicum  -  45 hours, 1 credit
Implementai the research project at the designated locations and start data collection once all IRB approval(s) are in hand.  Continue until data collection is completed.  Prerequisite:  PT 806.

PT 810   Neurological Interventions I  -  75 hours, 3 credits
The course includes a description of the principles of rehabilitation, etiology of spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury, anatomical and physiological considerations, and understanding of special problems faced by adults with physical  disabilities, evaluation and treatment techniques, an understanding of adapted equipment and wheelchairs, evaluation of the home environment and appropriate modifications. Prerequisite:  PT 808, PT 809.

PT 811   Cardiac Rehabilitation  -  45 hours, 2 credits
The physical therapy management of individuals with cardiovascular dysfunction is covered in this course.  Physical therapy evaluations and treatment approaches. Prerequisite: PT 720, PT 710.

PT 820   Clinical Orthopaedics II / Radiology and Imaging  -  45 hours, 3 credits
Etiology and therapeutic management of selected orthopedic conditions of the upper extremity.  Introduction to radiology and many of the imaging techniques used in the diagnosis of soft tissue injuries and pathological conditions. Prerequisite:  PT 808, PT 809.

PT 830   Orthotics & Prosthetics  -  30 hours, 2 credits
This course is designed to orient the student to the role and responsibilities of the physical therapist in the field of prosthetics and orthotics.  This course emphasizes advanced evaluation of normal and abnormal gait with implications for treatment intervention in order to prepare the student for working with amputees and patients requiring orthotics in the clinical setting. Prerequisite: PT 806, PT 807, PT 808.

PT 840   Differential Diagnosis & Intervention in Clinical Neurology  -  45 hours, 3 credits
This course describes specific neurological systems and presents the clinical implications of disease or injury on each of these systems.   Differential diagnosis of various peripheral nervous system and central nervous system disorders will be emphasized.  The therapeutic management and scientific basis of various neurological conditions are addressed.  Prerequisite:  PHT 80600, PHT 80700, PHT 80800.

PT 850   Musculoskeletal Examination II  -  75 hours, 3 credits
Basic examination techniques utilizing selective tissue tension tests will be applied to clarify common upper extremity orthopaedic diagnoses.  Basic examination techniques utilizing selective tissue tension tests will be applied to clarify common upper extremity orthopaedic diagnoses.  Joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques and specific exercises will be applied as the Physical Therapy intervention for these diagnoses.  Splinting for hands will be introduced.  Spinal pathophysiology, back, school, work hardening programs and ergonomics will be presented.  Prerequisite:  PT 806, PT 807.

PT 870   Health Promotion Through the Lifespan  -  30 hours, 2 credits
This course defines the role of physical therapy in health prevention, promotion, and wellness. Wellness throughout the life span is emphasized through incorporating the interrelationships between physical activity, stress, mind-body connections and nutritional health.  Prerequisite:  PT 806, PT 807, PT 809.

PT 872   Topics in Physical Therapy  -  15 hours (min), 1 credit (Hours & credits may vary)
This required course will contain content as determined by the physical therapy faculty to enable the students to receive expanded content on one area of evidence based physical therapy practice.   The topic can vary as determined appropriate by the faculty and of specific interest to students.  Content can vary from semester to semester.  This is a required course for a minimum of one credit, fifteen hours in the curriculum.  A student may repeat this course as an elective.  Prerequisites or Co-requisite:  None

PT 880   Neurological Interventions II  -  60 hours, 2 credits
Foundations, assessment procedures, and application of classical therapeutic exercise with a neurophysiological basis for the treatment of  adult and pediatric disorders of the Central Nervous System, with emphasis on the techniques taught by the Bobaths (Neurodevelopmental Treatment). Prerequisite:  PT 810.

PT 881   Seminar on Organization & Management  -  45 hours, 3 credits
This course is designed to provide information and develop skills to manage an organized physical therapy service. There is an emphasis on effective management principles including organizational structure, human resource management, fiscal planning, department design, continuous quality improvement and risk management.  The course will also describe the external environment of health care delivery, such as, government regulation, professional ethics and medical-legal issues. Prerequisite:  PHT 87000, PHT 81000, PHT 86000.

PT 882   Pediatric Development and Assessment  -  30 hours, 2 credits
Through lecture, laboratory experiences, discussion, videos and assigned readings, the student will be able to examine and understand normal and abnormal human development; theory and practice of physical therapy assessment and intervention in developmental disabilities. Prerequisite:  PT 810, PT 840.

PT 883   Pharmacology & Systems Review  -  45 hours, 3 credits
This course provides an overview of previously covered physiology and pathophysiology of different body systems and provides rationale for use of drugs and other available treatments in different diseases. Indications, contraindications, side effects of commonly used medications used by patients receiving physical therapy services are presented.  Prerequisite:  PT 810, PT 850.

PT 884   Musculoskeletal Examination and Intervention  III  -  75 hours, 3 credits
Advanced management of the spine including selective tissue testing techniques.  Selection of appropriate physical therapy interventions for individuals with spinal dysfunction (excluding spinal cord injury); ergonomics, joint and soft tissue mobilization; back exercise; and neural tension testing. Prerequisite:  PT 852, PT 840.

PT 885   Electroneuromyography & Motion Analysis  -  30 hours, 2 credits
This course provides the student with the physiological basis and techniques of the electrodiagnostic evaluation of the neuromuscular system through the use of nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography. Students learn the application of these techniques to the upper and lower extremities, and the interpretation of  results/reports through case studies.  Surface and needle kinesiological electromyographic recordings for research application will  be examined.  Prerequisite:  PT 810, PT 840.

PT 886   Clinical Affiliation II  -  10 weeks, 5 credits
A 10 week affiliation in a facility that will serve to further refine and enhance student’s skills while building on past clinical experiences.   Prerequisite:  PT 880 and PT 882.

PT 887   Clinical Decision Making  -  1/week, 1 credit
This seminar will bring students together to integrate clinical decision making through  case studies, case scenarios, administrative issues and the resolution of conflict within the workplace. Prerequisite:  PHT 880.

PT 888   Directed Research III:  Manuscript Preparation  -  45 hours, 1 credit
Students will complete the research project and prepare a publishable manuscript.   Prerequisite:  PT 809.

PT 889   Clinical Affiliation III  -  9 weeks, 4.5 credits
This is the third of four clinical internship placements throughout the curriculum.  Prerequisite:  PT 886, PT 888.

PT 890   Clinical Affiliation IV  -  9 weeks, 4.5 credits
This is the fourth of four clinical internship placements throughout the curriculum.  Prerequisite:  PT 889.

PT 898   Biofeedback Interventions in Physical Therapy  -  22.5 hours, 1 credit
This course will provide students with the opportunity to practice biofeedback as a physical therapy evaluation and intervention tool.   Prerequisite: PT 888.

PT 900   Directed Research IV: Presentation Tactics  -  45 hours, 1 credit
Strategies for effective presentation of research findings in a professional forum.  Prerequisite: PT 888.

 

Revised:  April 26, 2013 pending approval for the research series.

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