Physical Therapy


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    •  PT 600. Anatomical Basis of Human Movement in Physical Therapy Practice. An integrated lecture and laboratory approach to regional study of the gross anatomical structure and functions of the human body with emphasis on the study of the musculoskeletal, nervous, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. (7 semester hours) (5-2-0) Prerequisite: Admission
    • PT 601. Physiologic Basis of Physical Therapy I. The course involves the study of human physiology with special emphasis on cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems as well as acid base balance. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) Prerequisite: PT 600
    • PT 602. Human Kinesiology and Biomechanics I. A study of normal and abnormal human movement with consideration of static and dynamic structural relationships. Emphasis is on the clinical application of kinesiologic principles and relationships. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0) Prerequisite: PT 600
    • PT 603. Physiologic Basis of Physical Therapy II. The examination of the client's response to physical therapy intervention in health and disease. Emphasis is on the physiologic responses and adaptations of the cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal systems and the energy systems utilized during activity. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) Prerequisite: PT 601
    • PT 604. Human Kinesiology and Biomechanics II. A study of human structure and movement in the areas of gait and posture. Both normal and abnormal gait and posture will be addressed in lecture and laboratory settings. Basic introductions and principles in the areas of motor learning and motor control will be presented. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 602 and PT 621
    • PT 605. Pharmacology in Physical Therapy. General concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Includes a survey of the classes of pharmacological agents used in the treatment of diseases and disorders of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, integumentary and neuromuscular systems. Examination of clinical responses to drug interactions and side effects in the physical therapy patient population and presentation of medical diagnostic measures used to assess diseases and disorders of these systems. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0) Prerequisite: PT 601
    • PT 606. Neurosciences in Physical Therapy. Neurological basis of central nervous system function with emphasis on motor performance. Includes applications for cranial nerve, reflex, and sensory testing. (4 semester hours) (4-0-0) Prerequisite: PT 611
    • PT 610. Introduction to Physical Therapy Practice. Principles and conceptual bases of communication, education, cultural diversity, documentation in the health care record, psychosocial aspects of care and disability, and introduction to ethical practice in a variety of health care settings. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) Prerequisite: Admission
    • PT 611. Systems Review and Clinical Dysfunction. Principles and practices related to the systems review process of physical therapy examination. Clinical pathology of body systems, with emphasis on the influence of these pathologies on the role and practice of physical therapists. (4 semester hours) (4-0-0) Prerequisite: PT 600
    • PT 612. Developmental Basis of Functional Movement Across the Lifespan. Study of the sequential changes of human development, maturation, and aging from conception to death with emphasis on neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) Prerequisite: PT 604
    • PT 613. Applied Clinical Decision Making. A synthesis of concepts learned during the preceding clinical experience, utilizing case study presentations, sharing of clinical in-services, and professional socialization. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) Requisite: Concurrent enrollment in PT 651; Prerequisites: PT 605 and PT 650
    • PT 616. Comprehensive Capstone. A review and synthesis of the patient client management model with a focus on specific clinical disorders with an emphasis on clinical decision making based on clinical experiences. A secondary emphasis is on preparation for the National Physical Therapy Examination. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0) Prerequisites: PT 613 and PT 651
    • PT 617. Issues in Community Health and Prevention and Wellness. A synopsis of issues in community health, including epidemiological concepts, community education processes, and a survey of community health stakeholders, current programs and agencies. The role of physical therapists in prevention and promotion of health is examined in relation to principles and practices for primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0). Prerequisites: PT 603, PT 610, PT 611, PT 640, PT 660.
    • PT 620. Acute Care in Physical Therapy I. Practice related to the role of the physical therapist in the acute care setting, including introduction to radiology, lab values, pulmonary function testing, cardiac monitoring and equipment utilized for patients in this setting. (4 semester hours) (3-1-0) Prerequisite: PT 600
    • PT 621. Clinical Tests and Measures in Physical Therapy Practice. Theory and application of patient examination skills including muscle performance testing, goniometry, sensory testing, functional assessment, functional capacity examination, assessment of home and work environments, and application of ergonomic principles. Incorporates documentation of patient examination and evaluation in the medical record. (4 semester hours) (3-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 601, PT 602, PT 610, and PT 611
    • PT 630. Principles of Physical Therapy Practice I. The principles and procedures involved in transfers, bed mobility, patient positioning, draping, body mechanics, passive range of motion, vital signs assessment and gait training with assistive devices. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 600 and PT 610
    • PT 631. Assessment and Management of Musculoskeletal Problems I. Specific assessment skills related to appendicular musculoskeletal problems. Presentation of various management techniques, such as exercise, flexibility, and mobilization, which are used in the management of these problems. (4 semester hours) (2-2-0) Prerequisites: PT 602 and PT 611
    • PT 632. Principles of Physical Practice II. Physical, electrical, and mechanical modalities used in physical therapy treatment. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 601, PT 611, and PT 630
    • PT 633. Acute Care in Physical Therapy II. Assessment and treatment of patients in the acute care setting with a variety of medical conditions. Emphasis on the equipment utilized as well as assessment parameters related to the management of patients in acute care settings. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 603, PT 620, and PT 621
    • PT 634. Assessment and Management of Musculoskeletal Problems II. Specific assessment skills related to axial and pelvic musculoskeletal problems. Presentation of various management techniques, such as exercise, flexibility, and mobilization, which are used in the management of these problems. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 604 and PT 631
    • PT 635. Physical Therapy Management of Integumentary Problems. Explores patient-client management of the patient with integumentary disruption, including pressure ulcers, neuropathic and vascular wounds, burns, scar tissue, lymphedema and amputation. (4 semester hours) (2-2-0) Prerequisites: PT 604, PT 605, and PT 632
    • PT 636. Neurological Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice I. Basic principles of rehabilitation for the physically disabled individual. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive management of neuromuscular related conditions with focus on achieving individual functional potential through therapeutic intervention, equipment and orthotic evaluation, and patient education. (3 semester hours) (2-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 604, PT 605, PT 606, and PT 621
    • PT 637. Neurological Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice II. Introduction to current theories, clinical examination, evaluation, and management of neurological conditions with emphasis on the adult population. Includes principles of rehabilitation and neurological disease processes. (4 semester hours) (3-1-0) Prerequisites: PT 604, PT 605, PT 606, and PT 621
    • PT 638. Neurological Aspects of Physical Therapy Practice III. Assessment and treatment of neurological and musculoskeletal dysfunctions presenting in the 0 to 21 years of age population in a variety of community and healthcare settings. Emphasis is placed on comprehensive management of neuromuscular conditions and includes overview of congenital or acquired orthopedic conditions affecting the pediatric population. (4 semester hours) (3-1-0). Prerequisites: PT 605, PT 606, PT 612, PT 621.
    • PT 640. Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care. An overview of the legal structure of the health care system, including public and private law affecting health care. Concurrent ethical issues are explored, with a focus on ethical principles and decision making. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0) Prerequisite: Admission
    • PT 641. Organizational Systems in Health Care Delivery. An overview of the structure of health care delivery. Emphasizes patient settings, reimbursement mechanisms, accreditation, risk management, consultation, advocacy, and quality assessment and improvement. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0). Prerequisite: PT 640
    • PT 642. Resource Management in Physical Therapy. Explores the business management of the physical therapy practice. Includes management theory, strategic planning, operations planning, human resource management, budgeting, marketing, and leadership. (2 semester hours) (2-0-0). Prerequisite: PT 641
    • PT 650. Clinical Experience I. An eight week full time clinical education experience. Emphasis based on basic evaluation and treatment techniques of musculoskeletal conditions of the upper and lower extremities and medical conditions. (6 semester hours) (0-0-6) Prerequisite: Enrolled in regular track and in good academic standing.
    • PT 651. Clinical Experience II. An eight week full time clinical education experience. The student is assigned to one of a variety of practice settings. Emphasis is on comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment planning for a variety of patient care problems. (6 semester hours) (0-0-6) Prerequisites: PT 650, enrolled in regular track, and in good academic standing
    • PT 652.  Clinical Experience III. The final clinical education course consisting of full time long term experiences in a variety of settings. This course is the culmination of the students' previous didactic and clinical experiences and is designed to assist the student in achieving clinical competence as an entry level physical therapist. Emphasis is on professional behaviors as well as comprehensive patient management. (6 semester hours) (0-0-6) Prerequisites: PT 651, enrolled in regular track, and in good academic standing
    • PT 653.  Clinical Experience  IV. The final clinical education course consisting of full time long term experiences in a variety of settings. This course is the culmination of the students' previous didactic and clinical experiences and is designed to assist the student in achieving clinical competence as an entry level physical therapist. Emphasis is on professional behaviors as well as comprehensive patient management. (6 semester hours) (0-0-6) Prerequisites: PT 652, enrolled in regular track, and in good academic standing
    • PT 660. Evidence-based Physical Therapy Practice I. A survey of research design and statistical methods used in biomedical research. Content will provide an introduction to foundational knowledge necessary for interpreting scientific literature. (3 semester hours) (3-0-0)
    • PT 661. Evidence-based Physical Therapy Practice II. Building on foundational concepts of PT 660, this course develops the ability of the student to interpret and appraise evidence in physical therapy literature. (2 semester hours) (0-2-0) Prerequisite: PT 660
    • PT 662. Journal Seminar I. Preceptor guided group process review of current literature for the development of methodology for a research project. Seminar is pass/fail. (1 semester hour) (0-1-0)
    • PT 663. Journal Seminar II. Preceptor guided group process review of current literature related to the completion of a research project. Seminar is pass/fail. (1 semester hour) (0-1-0)
    • PT 670. Specialty Practice in Physical Therapy. Students may take an elective course in a specialty practice area of interest.  These can include areas such as sports physical therapy, aquatics, advanced manual therapy skills, women’s health, pediatrics, neurological therapy skills, or other areas of interest. Elective is pass/fail. (2 semester hours) (1-1-0). Requisite: Good academic standing and permission of the instructor.  
    • PT 671. Independent Study in Physical Therapy Practice. An independent study course designed to enhance the knowledge base in administrative, education or clinical issues. Permission of the instructor and department chair is required. Credit hours assigned according to the scope of the project. (1-4 semester hours)
    • PT 672. Special Topics in Physical Therapy Practice. A student may take this course on a subject of interest or a clinical practice area of physical therapy with permission of the course faculty and department chair. Credit hours assigned according to the scope of the project. (1-4 semester hours)