School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Physical Therapy Courses

PTBS 10200 - Introduction to the Profession of Physical Therapy NLA

Orientation to the responsibilities and activities of physical therapists, 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 20100 - Introduction to the Practice of Physical Therapy LA

Orientation to the practice of physical therapy, including musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular and pulmonary, integumentary, pediatric, and older adults. Prerequisites: PTBS 10200. 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 30000 - Preclinical Conference I NLA

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

PTBS 30100 - Preclinical Conference II NLA

Series of sessions to explain clinical education policies and procedures and choose sites for clinical affiliations. Prerequisites: PTBS 30000. Pass/fail only. 0 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS 31100 - Massage and Surface Anatomy NLA

This predominantly laboratory-based course includes a presentation of theory, principles, and techniques of various forms of therapeutic massage. Regional palpation and surface anatomy are emphasized as they are presented in PTBS 31000 Human Anatomy. Corequisites: PTBS 31000. 1 credit. (Sum,Y)

PTBS 31200 - Mobility Training NLA

Principles and skills involved in ambulation training with and with-out assistive devices, transfer training, wheelchair management, safety in patient handling, and proper body mechanics. Corequisites: PTBS 31000. 1 credit. (Sum,Y)

PTBS 31300 - Clinical Physiology NLA

The study of human physiology from a clinical perspective, addressing normal function in the primary physiological systems and how therapeutic interventions influence system functions. Introduces pathophysiological syndromes common to patients receiving therapy. Describes physiological responses in patients receiving specific physical or occupational therapy interventions. Prerequisites: One course in CHEM. Corequisite: BIOL 20600; open to clinical health studies and occupational science majors. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

PTBS 31400 - 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 31000; PTBS 31100. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS 31500 - 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 31000; PTBS 31100. 4 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 32200 - Professional Development I NLA

Introduction to the Physical Therapy 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 32300; PTBS 32500. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PTBS 32300 - 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. Prerequisites: PTBS 31100; PTBS 31200. 1 credit. (F,Y)

PTBS 32500 - 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: Junior standing. 0.5 credit. (F,Y)

PTBS 32600 - Introduction to Health Care Systems NLA

Constructs of the U.S. health care system, with emphasis on how system components 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 32500. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PTBS 39000 - Biostatistics LA NS

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 for MATH 24300 or MATH 24400. Prerequisites: Math placement in group 1 or 2. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS 39900 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39901 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39902 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39903 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39904 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39905 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39906 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39907 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39908 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39909 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39910 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39911 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39912 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39913 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39914 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39915 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39916 - Sltp: PT NLA
PTBS 39917 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39918 - Selected Topics in Physical Therapy
PTBS 39919 - 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. Satisfactory/D/Failure only. 0.5-3 credits. (IRR)

PTBS 40100 - Biomechanics LA NS

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 toward understanding individual joint function, as well as the integrated function of several joints during complex activities such as normal gait. Prerequisites: PHYS 10100; PHYS 10200; PTBS 31000; PTBS 31100. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS 40200 - Therapeutic Exercise NLA NS

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 31400; PTBS 40100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 40300 - Pathology for Physical Therapists LA NS

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 31000; PTBS 31300. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 41000 - Clinical Education I NLA

The initial assignment to one of a variety of health care facilities for six 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. Prerequisites: PTBS 30000; PTBS 31500; PTBS 40200; PTBS 40300. Pass/fail only. 3 credits. (Sum,Y)

PTBS 43600 - Professional Development II NLA

Provides the tools for personal career development. Includes professional behavior and generic abilities, résumé writing, professional portfolios, effectiveness as an individual and team player, and professional development during clinical affiliation. Prerequisites: PTBS 32200. 0.5 credit. (S,Y)

PTBS 44100 - Foundations of Clinical Administration I: Health Care Services NLA

First of a two-part course series on effective and efficient administration of rehabilitation services. It focuses on department organization and planning, reimbursement, foundations of control, management information systems, fiscal planning, risk management, quality assurance, external regulatory mechanisms, marketing and public relations, and assessment of service outcomes. Prerequisites: HPS 20500 or PTB S32600; PTBS 41000 or OTBS 35000. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS 44200 - Clinical Administration II: Personnel Management NLA

Second in a two-part series on clinical administration. Personnel issues in the clinical environment are examined. Basic personnel management concepts affecting the new graduate are covered. Included are concepts and theories of human behavior in organizations, motivation, leadership, supervision, power, organizational climate and behavior, effective teamwork, performance rewards and appraisal, conflict management, and coping with personal stress in the work environment. Emphasis is placed on the management and organization needed to become a dynamic employee. Prerequisites: PTBS 44100. 1 credit. (S,Y)

PTBS 45100 - Neuroanatomy LA NS

Comprehensive study of the structural features and connectivity of the human central and peripheral nervous systems. Prerequisites: PTBS 31000; senior standing. Corequisites: PTBS 45200. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS 45200 - Neurophysiology LA NS

Study of the concepts, terms, and methods of investigating the physiology of the human nervous system. Prerequisites: PTBS 31300; PTBS 40200; senior standing. Corequisites: PTBS 45100. 3 credits. (F,Y)

PTBS 46200 - Pharmacology LA NS

Presents the basic drug classes and the physiological basis of their action. Drugs are grouped according to their general effects and the type of disorders they are routinely used to treat. Special emphasis is placed on drugs commonly used to treat disorders frequently seen in patients receiving physical therapy. Prerequisites: PTBS 45200; nonmajors must have permission of instructor. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 46300 - Motor Development Across Life Span NLA

Normal motor developmental processes from the embryo to old age. Review of research and theory; evaluation of gross motor and fine motor development; and the influence of perception, visualization and auditory, kinesthetic, and cognitive input on the acquisition of motor skills. Prerequisites: PTBS 40100; PTBS 45100; PTBS 45200. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 46400 - Electrophysiological Examination and Evaluation NLA

Current and historical perspectives in the electrophysiological evaluation of neuromuscular disease and disorders. Students perform fundamental electrodiagnostic tests, including electromyography and measurement of nerve conduction velocity. Prerequisites: PTBS 45200. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 46500 - Soft Tissue and Peripheral Joint Examination and Mobilization NLA

This lecture and lab course is an introduction to the physical therapy methods of stretching, soft tissue treatment techniques, and mobilization of peripheral joints. It is designed to expose the student to the broad spectrum of techniques while teaching the skills of the most current methods. Prerequisites: PTBS 31400; PTBS 40100. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 46600 - 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 31400; PTBS 40100. 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 31400 or permission of instructor. Pass/fail only. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 47100 - 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: PTBS 41000. 2 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 49000 - 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 and evaluating and treating joint and soft tissue pathologies. The student should also exhibit an understanding of the administration of a physical therapy department. Six weeks in length. Prerequisites: PTBS 30100; PTBS 44100; PTBS 45100; PTBS 45200; PTBS 46500; PTBS 46600. Pass/fail only. 3 credits. (S,Y)

PTBS 49900 - Independent Study NLA
PTBS 49901 - Independent Study NLA
PTBS 49902 - Independent Study NLA
PTBS 49903 - Independent Study NLA

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, department chair, and dean. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. 1-6 credits. (F-S,Y)