Ithaca College

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Physical Therapy Courses

PTBS-10200 Introduction to Physical Therapy NLA

Orientation to the responsibilities and activities of a physical therapist, the practice environments, representative professional association, and related professional literature. Experiential activities are included to enhance learning. 0.5 credits. (F or S,Y)

PTBS-20200 Rehabilitation for Older Adults NLA

Strategies aimed toward maximizing the functioning of older adults. A team approach is emphasized, drawing on disciplines such as physical, occupational, and recreational therapy, speech-language pathology and audiology, and rehabilitation nursing. Legal and ethical issues that pertain to the rehabilitation of this population are also addressed. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing. 1 credit. (F,Y)

PTBS-31300 Clinical Physiology NLA

The study of human physiology from a clinical perspective, addressing normal function in the primary physiologic systems and how therapeutic interventions influence system functions. Introduces pathophysiologic syndromes common to patients receiving therapy. Describes physiologic responses in patients receiving specific physical or occupational therapy interventions. Prerequisites: CHEM-11000, or CHEM-11100 and CHEM-11200; PTBS-51002; non-majors must have permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS-47000 Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the
Lumbar Spine NLA

Introduction to mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the lumbar spine. Develops understanding of basic theories and thought processes in mechanical diagnosis. Exposes students to basic treatment interventions and skills in performing them. Prerequisites: PTBS-59000. Pass/fail only. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS-49900-PTBS-49999 Selected Topics in Physical
Therapy LA/NLA

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)

PTBS-51002 Human Anatomy NS LA

Study of the gross anatomical components of the human body through the use of lecture and cadaver dissection. Emphasis is placed on the musculoskeletal and neurovascular systems found in the extremities, trunk, chest, and abdominal walls, and in the head and neck. Prerequisites: BIOL-20600. 6 credits. (Sum,Y)

PTBS-51103 Pathology for Physical Therapists LA

Examination of the components of general disease and injury processes and specific components of selected diseases likely to be encountered in physical therapy practice. General pathology topics described include cell and tissue injury, inflammation, and the healing and repair process. Specific focus on diseases of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary, integumentary, and nerve systems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the underlying mechanisms of structural and functional disruptions for adults, with secondary comparisons to pathology across the life span. This course provides background information necessary for performing differential diagnosis and patient treatments. Prerequisites: PTBS-51002; PTBS-31300. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS-52001 Fundamentals of Patient/Client Care NLA

Provides first formal contact with patients/clients and patient/client care techniques. Exposes students to the initial steps in the patient/client professional relationship, including professional behaviors, communications (verbal and written), assessment of patient/client medical status, patient/client mobility techniques, and medical record documentation. The emphasis throughout the course is to develop the skills necessary to assure patient/client and student safety in the clinical environment. Corequisites: PTBS-51002. 2 credits (Sum,Y)

PTBS-52102 Musculoskeletal Examination and Evaluation NLA

Introduction to the patient/client management model with emphasis on examination, evaluation, and diagnosis of musculoskeletal problems of the extremities. Emphasis is placed on the following skills: patient history, range of motion, goniometry, muscle performance testing, flexibility testing, ligament testing, special orthopedic tests, and posture as it relates to the extremities. Prerequisites: PHYS-10100; PHYS-10200; PTBS-51002. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS-52203 Soft Tissue Palpation and Examination NLA

This lecture and laboratory course examines various methods of soft tissue examination and intervention. It covers a broad spectrum of techniques while teaching the skills of the most commonly used methods. Some of the techniques are more scientifically evidence-based than others. The course emphasizes critical assessment and the need for research-based analysis. It develops palpation skills, including the examination and evaluation of soft tissue dysfunction. Prerequisite: PTBS-51002. Corequisites: PTBS-52102; PTBS-53702. 2 credits (F,Y).

PTBS-52304 Peripheral Joint Mobilization NLA

Lecture and laboratory course preparing students to incorporate passive mobility testing into the patient/client examination. Students also learn to use passive joint mobilization interventions for patient/client with peripheral joint pathologies. Prerequisites: PTBS-52102; PTBS-52203. 1.5 credits (S,Y)

PTBS-52405 Therapeutic Exercise NLA

A comprehensive analysis of the scientific principles of exercise commonly used in physical therapy practice. Specific exercise programs address muscle performance, endurance, mobility, and balance impairments. Adaptations of tissue on activity and immobilization are also discussed. Prerequisites: PTBS-31300; PTBS-52102; PTBS-53702 3 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS-53101 Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Physical Agents NLA

The study of the biophysical, physiological, and clinical principles and procedures associated with the application of electromagnetic and acoustic energy in the prevention and treatment of pathological conditions. Prerequisites: PHYS-10100; PHYS-10200; PTBS-51002. 4 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS-53702 Applied Biomechanics NS LA

Application of mechanical principles to human movement. Particular attention to the effect of forces in producing normal movement. Students are required to apply their knowledge of anatomy to understanding individual joint function, as well as the integrated function of several joints during complex activities such as the normal gait. Prerequisites: PHYS-10100; PHYS-10200; PTBS-51002. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS-54001 Profession of Physical Therapy NLA

Description of physical therapy as a profession in the United States, including history, professional organization, roles of the physical therapist and related personnel, and scope of practice. Prerequisites: Senior standing. 0.5 credit. (F,Y)

PTBS-54102 Preclinical Conference I NLA

Series of sessions to explain clinical education policies and procedures and choose sites for clinical affiliations. Prerequisites: Junior standing; clinical health studies major. Pass/fail only. 0 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS-54203 Professional Development I NLA

Introduction to the Practice Act, Code of Ethics, roles of paraprofessionals, professional and ethical behavior, and effective communication styles. Instruction in clinical education teams, models of clinical education, and assessment of clinical performance. Prerequisites: PTBS-55501; PTBS-54001. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PTBS-55501 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting NLA

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/family and other individualized teaching. Includes teaching/learning theories and styles, impact of age, culture, environment, and motivation, domains of learning, instructional objectives, teaching methods, and instructional technology. Evaluation, feedback, and outcome measurements are included. 1 credit. (F,Y)

PTBS-55602 Introduction to Health Care Systems NLA

Constructs of the U.S. health care system, with emphasis on how parts of the system influence patient referrals, delivery of care, and reimbursement. The course focuses on the health care system's influence on rehabilitation services with emphasis on allied health. Prerequisites: PTBS-54001. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PTBS-56701 Research I: Scientific Inquiry NS LA

Discussion of descriptive and inferential statistics. Particular emphasis is placed on the statistical interpretation of basic science and clinical research studies. The course involves use of calculators and computers. A student cannot receive credit for this course and MATH-24300 or MATH-24400. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 1 or 2. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PDPT-51004 Pharmacology II NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

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 Research I: Introduction to Scientific Inquiry, 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 Research III: Research Seminar in their final professional year, so students 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 NLA

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 NLA

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 Normal Motor Development NLA

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/language, cognition, fitness, cultural/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 NLA

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 NLA

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. 4 credits.

PDPT-59102 Clinical Education II NLA

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, examination and intervention of joint and soft tissue pathologies, as well as 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. Pass/fail only. 4 credits.

PDPT-62607 Clinical Orthopedics NLA

Reviews the medical and conservative management of common orthopedic disorders. Initially the course focusus 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-63800 Pathokinesiology NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

Prepares students for their terminal clinical experiences. Students create a professional development plan. Strategies for time management, stress management, and adaptability in the clinical setting are presented. Clinical cases allow the students to explore ethical decision making, patient advocacy, and application of professionalism. Prerequisites: PDPT-54400. 1 credit. (F,Y)

PDPT-64700 Professional Development IV NLA

Prepares the student to enter the profession. Topics include current issues in physical therapy, direction of the profession, postgraduate development and specialization, and professional employment skills. Prerequisites: PDPT-64600; PDPT-69200. 0.5 credit. (S,Y)

PDPT-66900 Research III: Research Seminar NLA

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 NLA

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 NLA

Builds on concepts introduced in PDPT-67400 Neurological Rehabilitation I. 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 NLA

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 NLA

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

PDPT-68100 Cardiac Testing and Management NLA

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 Clinical Medicine/Surgery NLA

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/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 NLA

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 NLA

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-69200 Clinical Education III NLA

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. Pass/fail only. 4 credits. (F,Y)

PDPT-69300-PDPT-69400 Clinical Education IV-V NLA

The student's final placements in a clinical environment. Two eight-week sessions. Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of all prior required coursework. Pass/fail only. 4 credits per course. (Sum,Y)