Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Courses

Key to Symbols
F = fall, S = spring, Sum = summer, W = winter, E = even years (e.g., academic year 2010-11), O = odd years (e.g., academic year 2011-12), Y = yearly, IRR = offered at irregular intervals, F-S = offered in both fall and spring semesters

PDPT 51004 - Pharmacology II

The course analyzes the action of basic drugs, including such variables as how the drug is administered, absorbed, distributed, stored, metabolized, and excreted. Evaluation of how drugs are selected for specific pathology is also included. Special emphasis is placed on drugs that are commonly used to treat disorders seen in patients receiving physical therapy. Prerequisites: PDPT 57100. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 52506 - Spine Examination and Rehabilitation

Examination of and interventions for patients with neuromusculoskeletal conditions affecting the spine. Students learn objective measurements of spinal posture, mobility, and function to differentiate among various spinal conditions. Selected interventions are presented and practiced. Prerequisites: PTBS 52102; PTBS 53702. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 54300 - Preclinical Conference II

Offers the student the opportunity to prepare for the second clinical internship. This includes site selection, cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures, updating immunizations, developing a student profile, and establishing contact with the assigned clinical site. In addition, the student will develop a personal plan and objectives for the affiliation experience. Prerequisites: PTBS 54102. Pass/fail only. 0 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 54400 - Professional Development II

Principles and practices in career development. Includes professional behavior/generic abilities, resume writing, professional portfolios, effectiveness as an individual and team player, and professional development during clinical affiliation. Prerequisites: PTBS-54203. 0.5 credit. (S,Y)

PDPT 55700 - Clinical Administration I

The practice of effective and efficient administration of a rehabilitation setting. Emphasis is on the impact of health care reform on departmental organization and planning, reimbursement, foundations of control, management information systems, fiscal planning, risk management and quality assurance, legal issues and external regulatory mechanisms, marketing and public relations, and assessment of service outcomes. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 55800 - Clinical Administration II

An examination of how basic personnel management techniques are applied in the rehabilitation clinical setting. Included are concepts and theories of motivation, leadership and power, organizational behavior, organizational climate, performance rewards and appraisal, and conflict management. A case study approach issued in this course. Prerequisites: PDPT 55700. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PDPT 55900 - Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care

A review of psychological and social issues affecting patients and therapists in the clinic, home, and community environments. Addresses special topics relevant to assessing a patient's and a clinician's response to illness. These topics include terminal illness, sexuality and illness or disability, psychosomatic illness, and selected psychiatric disorders. Prerequisites: PDPT 59000. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 56800 - Research II: Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy

Focus is on how research is used to guide clinical decision making and form the basis for contemporary physical therapist practice. Specifically, this course will build upon principles introduced in PTBS 56701 and acquaint students with how to access and critically review the literature to answer clinical questions. Students will evaluate and categorize specific articles that illustrate various types and levels of evidence. Students will also explore specific clinical questions, access the scientific literature using computer databases, and plan interventions based on the strength of the available evidence. Finally, this course will prepare the student to enter PDPT 66900 in their final professional year so they will be able to examine the existing literature and identify areas for future research. Prerequisites: PTBS 56701. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 57000 - Clinical Neuroanatomy

Comprehensive study of the structural features and connectivity of the human central nervous system. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the clinical relationships of the morphological basis of neurological dysfunction. Exposes students to medical imaging techniques in order to provide a basis to begin neurological differential diagnosis for physical therapy. Prerequisites: PTBS 51002. Corequisites: PDPT 57100. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 57100 - Clinical Neurophysiology

Clinical neurophysiology addresses the structure and function of nerve cells, somatosensory systems, motor control systems, and the autonomic nervous system. The emphasis of the course is on the development of an understanding of the processes associated with normal functioning of the nervous system in the control of posture movement. Selected examples of nervous system disorders are integrated into each major content area in order to illustrate how an understanding of normal function is important to the understanding of pathology in the nervous system. Prerequisites: PTBS 31300; PTBS 52405. Corequisites: PDPT 57000. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 57200 - Motor Development Across the Lifespan

Normal motor developmental processes from the embryo to old age. Review of research in the theories of motor control, motor learning, and motor development. Emphasis is placed on the relationship of these theories to growth and development through the lifespan. Topics include the development of musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, sensory, and nervous system changes. Other lifespan issues include the development of posture, locomotion, fine motor, speech and language, cognition, fitness, cultural and diversity issues, and functional and developmental examination tools. Prerequisites: PTBS 53702. Corequisites: PDPT 57000; PDPT 57100. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 57300 - Fundamentals of the Neurological Examination

Prepares students to perform a complete physical therapy neurological examination of patients with peripheral and central nervous system disorders. Students will be directed to perform specific tests that examine cognition, sensation, perception, tone, motor function, balance, gait, and function. The measurement properties of these clinical tests will be discussed. Specific emphasis will be directed to the electrophysiologic examination of peripheral disorders. Prerequisites: PDPT 57000, PDPT 57100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 59000 - Clinical Education I

The initial assignment to one of a variety of health care facilities for eight weeks. The student is assigned to specified clinical tasks under the close supervision of the clinical instructor. Professional conduct and appearance, basic musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, and application of physical agents are emphasized. Synthesis of all previous professional coursework is exhibited by designing a basic examination and intervention plan based on the results of the subjective and objective examination and substantiation of the intervention rationale. Prerequisites: PTBS 54102; PTBS 54203; PTBS 53101; PTBS 52304; PTBS 56701; PTBS 52405; PTBS 51103. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. 4 credits.

PDPT 59102 - Clinical Education II

The second placement for the student in a clinical environment where he or she has the close supervision of a clinical instructor. This experience provides an opportunity to practice and develop skills in analyzing motor performance, in examination and intervention of joint and soft tissue pathologies and spinal dysfunction. The student should also exhibit an understanding of the administration of a physical therapy department. The student continues to synthesize all previous professional coursework. Prerequisites: PDPT 59000. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. 4 credits.

PDPT 59900 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 59901 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 59902 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 59903 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 59904 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy

Clinical and professional topics of current interest to faculty and students. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. Pass/fail only. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

PDPT 59905 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
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PDPT 59925 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy

Clinical and professional topics of current interest to faculty and students. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. Pass/fail only. 1-3 credits (IRR)

PDPT 61000 - Clinical Reasoning and Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

An advanced course focusing on the physical therapist's role, in collaboration with other health care providers, in medical screening of major organ systems. This course integrates the physical therapy evaluation with the current clinical decision-making algorithms associated with common diseases of major organ systems. Upon completion the physical therapist is expected to gain confidence in clinical decision making relative to patients with complex multisystem diseases. Prerequisite: Matriculation into transitional D.P.T. program. 2 credits. (F)

PDPT 61100 - Applications of Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy

An advanced course that requires students to use their knowledge of research design and clinical theory to evaluate the evidence supporting contemporary clinical practice guidelines and specific patient case scenarios. Students will be challenged in classroom activities and via Internet-based assignments to integrate information from a variety of resources to evaluate clinical practice guidelines. Emphasis will be placed on determining which aspects of physical therapist practice are best supported, given current decision-making models, patient values and preferences, and clinical experience. Prerequisite: Matriculation into transitional D.P.T. program. 2 credits. (F)

PDPT 61200 - Case-Study Seminar

Applies the principles of evidence-based practice to selected patient cases across a variety of physical therapy diagnoses from current practice settings. Emphasis will be placed on the complex patient who demonstrates multisystem involvement. The case studies are an intensive investigation designed to analyze and understand medical and/or surgical factors important to the etiology, care, and outcome of the patient's problems as they relate to the physical therapy plan of care. Included are factors related to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine/rheumatological, musculoskeletal, neurologic, genitourinary, pulmonary, psychological, and hemato-oncological problems. Pharmacological issues related to management of multisystem involvement and the interaction of drug therapy with rehabilitation will be addressed. Prerequisite: Matriculation into transitional D.P.T. program. 2 credits. (F)

PDPT 61300 - Clinical Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice

Preparation to teach in a variety of settings and formats for academic, clinical, and professional purposes. Content is applicable to community presentations, group in-services and presentations as well as patient and family, student interns, and other individualized teaching. Includes teaching and learning theories and methods; impact of age, culture, environment, and motivation; domains of learning; instructional objectives; teaching methods for cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills; and instructional technology. Evaluation, feedback, and outcome measurements are included. Prerequisite: Matriculation into transitional D.P.T. program. 1 credit. (F)

PDPT 61400 - Applications of Wellness and Prevention in Physical Therapy

Explores the role of the physical therapist in wellness and the prevention of common health concerns of individuals, groups, and communities. Develops the expertise of the physical therapist in functioning in this capacity. Discusses the physiological rationale behind designing comprehensive wellness programs. Emphasis on identifying risks, performing screenings, general concepts of program development and assessment, and integration of teaching and learning and motivation strategies. Prerequisite: Matriculation into transitional D.P.T. program. 3 credits. (F)

PDPT 61500 - Managerial Applications in Physical Therapy Practice

Designed to develop leadership and management skills to become a doctor of physical therapy. Integration of financial, regulatory, management, communication, and marketing principles into physical therapy practice needs. Students will apply learned concepts through the development of communication, negotiation, and networking skills to enhance effectiveness as managers, consultants, and leaders. Prerequisite: Matriculation into transitional D.P.T. program. 2 credits. (F)

PDPT 62607 - Clinical Orthopedics

Reviews the medical and conservative management of common orthopedic disorders. Initially the course focuses on review of basic principles of orthopedic diagnosis and pathology, followed by medical and conservative management of common orthopedic disorders of the extremities. An expectation is that students will integrate information gained from prior coursework. Prerequisites: PDPT 52506. Corequisites: PDPT 63800. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 62900 - Independent Clinical Study

This course is designed to meet the individual needs of a student, which are identified during a clinical education course. Content of this course will address specific objectives identified by the student, the clinical instructor(s), and the director of clinical education. Prerequisites: All previous coursework; faculty permission required. 1-3 credits. (F,S,Y)

PDPT 63800 - Pathokinesiology

Presents specific pathological conditions (primarily organized according to anatomical regions) that result in disorders of posture, movement, and locomotion. The presentations and analyses of these pathokinesiological conditions include neurological, neuromotor, and musculoskeletal aspects with respect to the causes of dysfunction. Laboratory exercises require the student to use movement analysis equipment to demonstrate pathomechanics and abnormal movement patterns. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 63900 - Orthotics/Prosthetics

An in-depth review of the principles and practices of orthotics and prosthetics as applied by a physical therapist. This includes a survey of the basic biomechanical principles used in applying orthotic and prosthetic appliances, as well as principles of patient application, training, and management of complications. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 64500 - Pre-Clinical Conference III

A series of sessions to explain the policies and procedures for graduate clinical education and choose sites for graduate clinical affiliations. Pass/fail only. 0 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 64600 - Professional Development III

A continuation of the professional development series, this course advances the students' understanding and application of their role as a professional in their relationship with patients/clients, in the practice setting and in our society. Prepares students for participation in clinical education coursework and clinical practice. Strategies for adaptability and time management in the clinical setting are presented. Analyses of clinical situations facilitate student exploration of ethical decision making, patient advocacy, cultural diversity, leadership, and application of professionalism. Prerequisite: PDPT 54400. 1 credit. (F,Y)

PDPT 64700 - Professional Development IV

A continuation of the professional development series, this course prepares the student for capstone clinical education coursework and entry into the profession. Topics include current issues in physical therapy, preparation for entering the profession, and postgraduate development. The students summarize efforts in the final writing of an entry-level professional development plan, a compilation of a final professional portfolio, and a presentation of a student-developed ethical case focused on moral agency. Prerequisites: PDPT 64600; PDPT 69200. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PDPT 66900 - Research III: Research Seminar

This course is taught over three academic blocks (1 credit per block). It is designed to provide a mentored experience in research for entry-level physical therapy students. Working in groups with a faculty adviser, the student will propose a hypothesis, complete a literature review, and develop a research method, followed by data collection and a summary of results. The style of the projects is not restricted, allowing freedom to design projects that are practical and meaningful. At the completion of the project each research team will present its findings, which will be evaluated by faculty, professionals from the community, and student peers. Prerequisites: PTBS 56701; PDPT 56800. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 67400 - Neurological Rehabilitation I

Focus primarily on specific movement-related impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities experienced by individuals with neurologic involvement as a result of acquired nonprogressive disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). Students will be directed to apply a systematic clinical decision-making approach to physical therapy care, integrating findings from a patient's medical history and reports of other rehabilitation team members with results of standardized neurological examinations, observations of movement, and analysis of functional tasks. Students will be guided to synthesize this information to identify functional problems and their probable causes (i.e., reach a physical therapy diagnosis), establish a realistic prognosis, and begin to plan and execute appropriate physical therapy interventions for individuals with acquired, nonprogressive CNS disorders. Prerequisites: PDPT 57300. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 67500 - Neurological Rehabilitation II

Builds on concepts introduced in PDPT 67400. Focuses on the movement-related impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities experienced by individuals with neurologic involvement as a result of specific acquired progressive or nonprogressive disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Students will learn to apply a systematic clinical decision-making approach as they integrate findings from a physical therapy examination to identify functional problems and their causes (i.e., reach a physical therapy diagnosis), establish a realistic prognosis, and plan and execute physical therapy interventions for individuals with nervous system disorders of a progressive or nonprogressive nature. Prerequisites: PDPT 67400. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 67600 - Pediatric Rehabilitation

The etiology; pathology; diagnosis; medical, surgical, and clinical examination; evaluation; and physical therapy management of pediatric disorders of the neuromuscular system. The physiological basis and therapeutic techniques of neurophysiological approaches to intervention are examined. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 68000 - Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy

Integrates medical screening of major organ systems with existing physical therapy examination techniques in order to enable the student to differentiate between patients and clients who are appropriate for physical therapy intervention and those who should be referred to other medical practitioners. Complex cases with multisystem diseases will be discussed. Prerequisites: PTBS 51103. 1 credit. (F,Y)

PDPT 68100 - Cardiac Testing and Management

A review of normal cardiac physiology and the response of this system to exercise and disease. Cardiac pathologies are discussed, including a review of the medical and surgical management of specific disease groups. Evaluation procedures utilized to determine the status of the cardiac system's performance are studied and performed in the laboratory. Clinical management procedures used by all members of the rehabilitation team are reviewed with emphasis on specific physical therapy procedures. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 68200 - Clincal Medicine and Surgery

General overview of most common diseases and surgical interventions in the practice of general medicine. Disease processes that demonstrate systemic manifestations and require intervention by a multidisciplinary team will be studied. Presentations will emphasize medical and surgical management procedures and a problem-based approach to physical therapy procedures that may be applied to this patient population. Prerequisites: PTBS 51103. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 68300 - Pulmonary Testing and Management

Review of normal pulmonary physiology and the response of the pulmonary system to exercise and disease. Pulmonary pathologies are discussed, including a review of the medical and surgical management of specific disease groups. Evaluation procedures utilized to determine the status of the pulmonary system's performance are studied and performed in the laboratory. Clinical management procedures used by all members of the rehabilitation team are reviewed, with emphasis on specific physical therapy procedures utilized in treating patients with pulmonary disease. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 68400 - Case Study Seminar

Applies the principles of evidence-based practice to selected patient cases from current practice settings across a variety of physical therapy diagnoses. The case studies are an intensive investigation designed to analyze and understand medical and/or surgical factors important to the etiology, care, and outcome of the patients' problems. Included are factors related to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine/rheumatological, musculoskeletal, neurological, genitourinary, pulmonary, psychosocial, and hemato-oncological problems. Prerequisites: PDPT 68000; PDPT 68200. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT 68500 - Wellness and Prevention

The role of physical therapy in wellness and prevention for individuals, groups, and communities. The physiological rationale behind designing comprehensive wellness programs is presented. Topics include the development and implementation of general fitness and prevention programs for a variety of clients, including those with chronic disabilities. Prerequisites: PDPT 68100. Corequisites: PDPT 68300. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PDPT 69200 - Clinical Education III

A student's third placement in a clinical environment, giving the opportunity to apply more advanced theories and treatment procedures to a selected patient caseload with guidance from a clinical instructor. Eight weeks in length. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all prior required coursework. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. 4 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT 69300 - Clinical Education IV

This is the fourth course in the clinical education series. The student is expected to begin to assume the role of the primary physical therapist under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The student begins to manage all aspects of patient care. One six-week session. Student must register for this course and PDPT 69400 or register for PDPT 69500. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. 3 credits (Sum,Y)

PDPT 69400 - Clinical Education V

This is the fifth and final course in the clinical education series. The student is expected to begin to assume the role of the primary therapist under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The student achieves competency in managing all aspects of patient care. One six-week session. Student must register for this course and PDPT 69300 or register for PDPT 69500. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. 3 credits. (Sum,Y)

PDPT 69500 - Clinical Education IV/V

Clinical Education IV/V is one of the final options for placement of the student in a clinical environment. This course is the capstone course in the clinical education series. At the conclusion of the 12-week placement, the student is expected to demonstrate entry level physical therapy practice. One 12-week session. Students must register for this course or PDPT 69300 and PDPT 69400. Satisfactory/unsatisfactory only. 6 credits. (Sum, Y)

PDPT 69900 - Independent Study

This course, which requires a faculty sponsor, allows students to complete an in-depth study or project in an area of their interest related to physical therapy. Includes a final presentation. Prerequisites: Permission of faculty sponsor, academic adviser, graduate chair, and dean. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. 1-3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PDPT 69901 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69902 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69903 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69904 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69905 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69906 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69907 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69908 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69909 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PDPT 69910 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy

Clinical and professional topics of current interest to faculty and students. This course may be repeated for credit for different selected topics. Prerequisites: As appropriate to topics. Pass/fail only. 1-3 credits. (IRR)