Courses

Please see the Graduate Catalog offerings for all PT courses.

PT 5410. Human Anatomy: Trunk and Upper Extremity

4 credits. Lecture/Laboratory. Department consent required.

Discussion of the conceptual and structural basis of osteology, myology, neurology, human development, and basic kinesiology and biomechanics. Selected anatomical and physiological dysfunctions of the trunk and upper extremity will also be discussed.

PT 5412. Human Anatomy: Pelvis and Lower Extremity

4 credits. Lecture/Laboratory. Department consent required.

Discussion of the conceptual and structural bases of osteology, myology, neurology, human development, and basic kinesiology and biomechanics. Selected anatomical and physiological dysfunctions of the pelvis and lower extremity will also be discussed.

PT 5414. Clinical Human Physiology

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory. Department consent required.

Discussion of the biochemical, nutritional, cellular and physiological principles necessary for the analysis of the normal and abnormal function and for the rehabilitation of the human musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems using patient cases.

PT 5416. Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology

4 credits. Lecture/Laboratory. Department consent required.

This course is designed to provide healthscience professionals an up-to-date comprehensive investigation into the human nervous system. Complex interrelationships between structure and function of the nervous system are being clarified. This course will relate these facts into information of clinical significance. Clinical examples in each area will offer opportunities for practice in neurophysiological analysis that health professionals use daily.

PT 5418. Clinical Pharmacology

3 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

This course is designed to integrate and summarize the essentials of medical pharmacology. The main molecular and cellular actions of drugs will be emphasized as well as the principles governing the use and actions of drugs in the treatment of disease.

PT 5420. Foundation in Clinical Pathology

3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisites: PT 5414 and PT 5416. Department consent required.

A comprehensive presentation of the general principles of disease with an emphasis on general pathology. Focus is on the mechanisms underlying disease and their management as a basis for therapeutic program planning in physical therapy.

PT 5422. Cardiopulmonary Pathology

2 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: PT 5420. Department consent required.

A comprehensive presentation of cardiopulmonary diseases. Focus is on the mechanisms underlying disease and their management as a basis for therapeutic program planning in physical therapy.

PT 5424. Musculoskeletal Pathology

4 credits. Lecture/Discussion. Prerequisite: PT 5420. Department consent required.

Mechanical properties of musculoskeletal tissues will be described. Growth and maintenance mechanisms of the different tissues will be detailed. Diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system will be covered. The underlying tissue pathology and clinical symptoms will be addressed from the orthopedic and physical therapy perspective. Therapeutic interventions will be presented.

PT 5426. Neuromuscular Pathology

3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisites: PT 5416 and PT 5420. Department consent required.

This course introduces students to basic mechanisms of neuropathology, the neurological examination and tests, and specific pathologies they are likely to encounter in physical therapist practice. The course will emphasize the medical and surgical diagnosis and management of patients with neurologic pathology.

PT 5430. Functional Neuro-Biomechanical Relationships

3 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

Students will analyze the impact of force systems on the human body, thus preparing the student to apply knowledge of normal anatomical structure and function to therapeutic intervention. Interactions between contiguous and non-contiguous bone segments will be emphasized in order to understand functional movement. Neural control and activation principles will be discussed.

PT 5431. Prevention, Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness

2 credits. Prerequisite: Department consent.

Prepares the student to provide culturally competent evidence based physical therapy services for prevention, health promotion, fitness and wellness to individuals, groups, and communities.

PT 5432. Motor Control and Clinical Applications

4 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

Introduction to theories of motor control and motor learning, current methods in human movement science, and their implications for evidence-based practice.

PT 5433. Management for the Physical Therapist

3 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

The goal of this course is to provide comprehensive exposure to management principles and concepts with a focus on their applications and impact in physical therapy practice. Students will be provided the opportunity to gain cognition and skills in physical therapy practice management which prepares them as practitioners and future administrators.

PT 5434. Foundations for Systems Review

2 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

A foundations course for Physical Therapy Majors in Differential Diagnosis. The course scope covers a broad spectrum of clinical sciences and provides training in screening (i.e. history taking) of a culturally diverse patient/client population across the lifespan for appropriate healthcare management.

PT 5435. Health Care Issues for Physical Therapists

3 credits. Lecture. Open to to students enrolled in the D.P.T. program and to others with departmental consent.

The goal of this course is to promote awareness of health care issues as they relate to an individual, community or health care institutions.

PT 5436. Disability Studies

3 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

This course will introduce the student to the field of disability studies. Disability and chronic illness (CI) are often a major factor influencing an individual and/ or family during one’s lifetime. People with a disability (PWD) or CI may be considered a sub-culture of our society. Physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and cultural factors related to the presence of disability and CI throughout the life span will be explored. Emphasis is placed on those aspects of disability that affect the practice of physical therapy assessment and treatment.

PT 5437. Education and Communication for Physical Therapists

3 credits. Prerequisite: Department consent.

Fundamental aspects of education and communication as they relate to physical therapy as described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Introduction to learning theories and theories of change. Learner assessment and strategies for communication and instruction will be covered. Students generate written and oral communications and will plan and deliver an educational unit relating to physical therapy.

PT 5438. Professionalism for the Physical Therapist

3 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

Through readings, lectures, personal investigation, and discussion of current issues, “hot topics” and problems in the profession of physical therapy, students will demonstrate an understanding of their environment of practice. Students learn selected laws, rules, regulations, guidelines and ethical codes governing the practice of physical therapy and will explore possible solutions to common professional problems. Emphasis is placed on the importance of ethical and legal practice and on reimbursement.

PT 5439. Operational Management for Physical Therapists

3 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

The goal of this course is designed to build upon concepts introduced in PT 5433. An integrated approach will be utilized to focus on skills that impact the management of physical therapists. Students will be provided the opportunity to utilized skills in a simulation practice setting which will prepare them for private practice and/or as future administrators.

PT 5440. Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy

2 credits. Lecture. Department consent required.

A foundations course in evidence-based clinical-decision making designed to provide Physical Therapy students with content areas in forming clinical questions, literature search, and critical appraisal of selected literature. Applications will fall within the Physical Therapy Profession Patient/Client Management Model and consider culturally diverse patient/client populations across the life span.

PT 5441. Clinical Research for Physical Therapists

2 credits. Lecture. Prerequisite: PT 5440. Department consent required.

This course focuses on issues important to conducting and understanding clinical research. The course serves as a foundation for evidence-based practice.

PT 5444. Clinical Research Evaluation I

2 credits. Lecture. Prerequisites: PT 5441 and PT 5461. Department consent required.

A course for Physical Therapy students to focus on their clinical research following the acute care practicum. Content areas would include: case reporting; critical pathways; and clinical practice guidelines within the acute care clinical setting.

PT 5446. Clinical Research Evaluation II

3 credits. Lecture. Prerequisites: PT 5444 and PT 5464. Department consent required.

A course for Physical Therapy students to focus on their clinical research following the musculoskeletal practicum. Content areas would include: case reporting; clinical practice guidelines; qualitative research; clinical surveys; sequential clinical trials; single subject designs within the neuromuscular clinical setting.

PT 5448. Clinical Research Evaluation III

2 credits. Lecture. Prerequisites: PT 5446 and PT 5467. Department consent required.

A course for Physical Therapy students to focus on completing and presenting the research project - professional paper in this culminating series of Clinical Research Evaluation Courses.

PT 5450. Fundamentals of Physical Therapy Examination

5 credits. Lecture/Laboratory/Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5410, PT 5412 and PT 5414. Department consent required.

This course covers the fundamentals of physical therapist examination in the context of overall practice as described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Students will be introduced to basic tests and measures as well as to information relevant to their selection and interpretation. Students will apply the tests in laboratory and clinical settings and will learn to appropriately document their findings.

PT 5451. Acute Care Management

6 credits. Lecture/Laboratory/Practicum. Prerequisite: PT 5450. Department consent required.

An exploration of the practice of Physical Therapists in the acute care setting. Students will develop competency in clinical evaluation of impairments and functional limitations, identification of appropriate intervention options, and implementation of a plan of care to improve performance of functional activities for patients commonly encountered in acute care practice settings. In addition, this course integrates curricular content in acute care with clinical practice through critical thinking, problem solving, and clinical experiences.

PT 5452. Therapeutic Exercise and Physical Agents

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory. Department consent required.

An exploration of interventions commonly used by physical therapists in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will develop competency in selection and implementation of therapeutic exercise and physical agents as interventions to improve performance of functional activities for patients commonly encountered in a variety of settings. The assessment of therapeutic effects, and modification of the interventions are integral components of this course.

PT 5453. Musculoskeletal Examination

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory/Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 452 and PT 462. Department consent required.

Provides the D.P.T. entry-level physical therapist with the knowledge and skill sets to effectively examine patients/clients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Elements of patient management include examination, evaluation and diagnosis with special attention to differential diagnosis and screening strategies. Critical appraisal of musculoskeletal test characteristics, critical thinking, and Evidence-Based Practice are emphasized. Applications will consider culturally diverse patient/client populations across the life span.

PT 5454. Musculoskeletal Intervention

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory/Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5452 and PT 5462. Department consent required.

Provides the D.P.T. entry-level physical therapist with the knowledge and skill sets to effectively manage patients/clients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions. The Prognosis/Plan of Care, Intervention, and Outcomes of the Physical Therapy Management Model are the focus of the course. Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines and Evidence-Based Practice are emphasized. Applications will consider culturally diverse patient/client populations across the life span.

PT 5455. Essentials of Rehabilitation Practice

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory/Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5426 and PT 5464. Department consent required.

An exploration of the practice of Physical Therapists in the area of orthotics prosthetics, Diabetes and Spinal Cord Injury. Students will develop competency in clinical assessment of functional limitations, specifically in locomotion, identification of appropriate treatment options and implementation of interventions, through the use of orthotics and prosthetics, to improve performance of functional activities for patients with a variety of deficits.

PT 5456. Neuromuscular Examination

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory/Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5426 and PT 5464. Department consent required.

Through comprehensive problem solving, students analyze patient situations where neuromotor dysfunction is a complicating factor. Students develop neurophysiological sound examination and evaluation skills integrating physical and psychological patient considerations. The skill set for examination will be consistent with foundational movement science under the evidenced based practice model.

PT 5457. Neuromuscular Intervention

3 credits. Lecture/Laboratory/Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5426 and PT 5464. Department consent required.

Through comprehensive problem solving, students analyze patient situations where neuromotor dysfunction is a complicating factor. Students develop neurophysiological sound treatment skills integrating physical and psychological patient considerations. The skill set for intervention will be consistent with foundational movement science under the evidenced based practice model.

PT 5458. Pediatric Physical Therapy

2 credits. Prerequisite: Department consent.

Covers normal motor development, childhood conditions that are commonly served by pediatric physical therapists, and general examination and intervention methods used for pediatric populations.

PT 5460. Introduction to Clinical Education

1 credit. Lecture. Prerequisite: PT 5451. Department consent required.

This two-week course is intended to provide students with a foundation for all future full time practical experience courses. Students will learn how evaluation methods and tools will be implemented during full time practica. Roles and responsibilities of persons associated with practica courses will be explored. Through lecture, discussion and written assignments, students will develop an understanding of the importance of professional behaviors, self-evaluation and personal reflection. A written professional portfolio will be initiated.

PT 5461. Acute Care Practicum

8 credits. Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5451 and PT 5460. Department consent required.

Under close supervision by an experienced, licensed Physical Therapist, students will perform all patient management functions for patients in an acute, subacute care or homecare setting. The course is held off campus at individually assigned clinical facilities. Each student is assigned one or two clinical instructors who are physically present and immediately available to direct and supervise tasks that are related to patient/client management.

PT 5462. Internal Integrated Musculoskeletal Clinical Practicum I

1 credit. Practicum. Department consent required.

A clinical experience that provides students the opportunity to integrate interventions learned in PT 5452 in an outpatient setting. Students will develop and administer plans of care that include therapeutic exercise and physical agents for outpatients with various musculoskeletal conditions.

PT 5463. Internal Integrated Musculoskeletal Clinical Practicum II

2 credits. Practicum. Prerequisite: PT 5462. Department consent required.

A clinical experience that provides students the opportunity to integrate interventions learned in PT 5453 and PT 5454 in an outpatient setting. Students will utilize examination and manual therapy skills in the development and implementation of plans of care for outpatients with various musculoskeletal conditions.

PT 5464. Musculoskeletal Practicum

8 credits. Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5453 and PT 5454. Department consent required.

Under close supervision by an experienced, licensed Physical Therapist, students will perform all patient management functions for patients in an outpatient orthopedic setting. The course is held off campus at individually assigned clinical facilities throughout the country. Each student is assigned one or two clinical instructors who are physically present and available to direct and supervise all patient/client management performed by the student.

PT 5465. Public Engagement in Prevention, Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness

1 credit. Prerequisite: Department consent. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

Provides experiences for students in the development and delivery of service related to prevention, health promotion, fitness, and wellness in settings that support supervised interaction with the surrounding community.

PT 5466. Internal Integrated Neuromuscular Clinical Practicum

2 credits. Practicum. Department consent required.

A clinical experience that provides students the opportunity to integrate interventions learned in PT 5456 and PT 5457 in a clinical setting. Students will utilize examination and intervention skills in the development and implementation of plans of care for patients with various neuromuscular conditions.

PT 5467. Neuromuscular Practicum

8 credits. Practicum. Prerequisites: PT 5456 and PT 5457. Department consent required.

Under close supervision by an experienced, licensed Physical Therapist, students will perform all patient management functions for patients in a rehabilitation facility. The course is held off campus at individually assigned clinical facilities throughout the country. Each student is assigned one or two clinical instructors who are physically present and available to direct and supervise all patient/client management performed by the student.

PT 5468. Individualized Practicum

8 credits. Practicum. Department consent required.

Under close supervision by an experienced, licensed Physical Therapist, students will perform all patient management functions for patients in a facility providing Physical Therapy services. Student assignment is based on student interest and on site availability. The course is held off campus at individually assigned clinical facilities throughout the country. Each student is assigned one or two clinical instructors who are physically present and available to supervise all patient/client management performed by the student. The learning experience is intended to allow the student to gain clinical experience in an area relating to their individual professional interests.

PT 5469. Integrated Clinical Experience, Acute Care

1 credit. Prerequisite: Students must be in good academic standing and be granted department consent. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

This course provides students with clinical experience at hospitals and sub-acute health care facilities. Students will observe and will assist as appropriate with patient care under the supervision and direction of a licensed physical therapist. The course allows students to integrate and apply the didactic component of the curriculum in an acute or sub-acute environment. It is designed to foster the student’s appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of hospital care.

PT 5469. Integrated Clinical Experience, Acute Care

1 credit. Prerequisite: Students must be in good academic standing and be granted department consent. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).

This course provides students with clinical experience at hospitals and sub-acute health care facilities. Students will observe and will assist as appropriate with patient care under the supervision and direction of a licensed physical therapist. The course allows students to integrate and apply the didactic component of the curriculum in an acute or sub-acute environment. It is designed to foster the student’s appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of hospital care.

PT 5471. Manual Therapy in the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders

3 credits.

Focuses on the manual therapy examination and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Instruction will be primarily case based and integrate various manual therapy approaches across body regions. Concepts introduced in the PT 5453 and 5454 courses will be explored in greater depth with a focus on improved proficiency in delivery of soft tissue and joint manipulation techniques including thrust. Evidence-based practice will be reinforced. Applications will consider diverse patient/client populations across the life span.

PT 5472. Advanced Pediatric Physical Therapy

3 credits. Prerequisite: Department consent.

An elective for Doctorate of Physical Therapy students that covers the specialized practice of pediatric physical therapy. The course provides in depth information about pediatric conditions for which physical therapy services are typically provided. Specialized pediatric assessments and interventions are reviewed and clinical opportunities are provided to integrate and apply the academic information.

PT 5473. Geriatric Physical Therapy

3 credits. Prerequisite: Open only to graduate Physical Therapy students in good standing; Department consent required.

An elective course for Doctorate of Physical Therapy students that covers the specialized practice of geriatric physical therapy. Provides in depth information about geriatric conditions for which physical therapy services are typically provided. Examines normal and pathological aging, and analyzes the evidence behind specialized geriatric assessments and interventions. Clinical opportunities will be included to integrate and apply the academic information.

PT 5474. Leadership and Action for Health Professionals

    3 credits. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

    The development of leadership skills through foundational readings, self-reflection, collaboration with peers and faculty, and project development with external entities to promote the health of society. Explores opportunities for professional engagement in advocacy efforts at the local, state and national level.

    PT 5480. Interaction for Health Care and Society

      3 credits. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the D.P.T. program, others with consent.

      Introduction to health care systems. Interactions between government agencies, institutions, communities and individuals addressed in relation to planning, funding, and delivering healthcare. Particular focus placed on societal issues relating to underrepresented groups including persons with disabilities (PWD), with an emphasis on those aspects that affect the practice of physical therapy assessment and treatment.

      PT 5481. Therapeutic Interventions II

        2 credits. Prerequisite: PT 5452; open only to Physical Therapy students.

        An exploration of interventions commonly used by physical therapists in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will develop competency in selection and implementation of therapeutic exercise and physical agents as interventions to improve performance of functional activities for patients commonly encountered in a variety of settings. The assessment of therapeutic effects and modification of the interventions is an integral component of this course.

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