PT 5500 Human Gross Anatomy for Occupational Theapy
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites BIOL 2110K and BIOL 2120K or equivalent
Description

This course of Human Gross Anatomy is designed to provide students a fundamental knowledge of human anatomy especially for occupational therapy. An emphasis will be placed on the musculo-skeletal, peripheral nervous systems, and cardiovascular systems to enhance the understanding of clinical conditions that will likely be encountered in the practice of occupational therapy.

PT 5501 Human Gross Anatomy for Occupational Therapy Laboratory
Credit Hours 1.0
Corequisites OT 5500 Human Gross Anatomy for OT
Description

This lab component of Human Gross Anatomy is designed to provide students with hands-on experience with cadaver dissection to gain in-depth knowledge of human anatomy. An emphasis will be placed on the musculo-skeletal, peripheral nervous systems, and cardiovascular systems to enhance the understanding of clinical conditions that will likely be encountered in the practice of occupational therapy.

PT 5600 Medical Conditions across the Lifespan
Credit Hours 4.0
Description

This course is a survey course to introduce the student to a variety of medical conditions that are frequently encountered in various settings in which occupational therapists may practice. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and case work related to the etiology, pathology, symptomatology, and medical/surgical management of selected medical conditions which affects an individuals ability to participate in occupational endeavors.

PT 6600 Human Gross Anatomy I
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into Physical Therapy Program/PT 6610, or consent of instructor
Description

This is a combined lecture laboratory program designed to present an understanding of basic and clinical human anatomy. Detailed regional analyses of the upper and lower extremities will be performed.

PT 6605 Gross Anatomy I Lab
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites PT Program admittance
Description

This is the laboratory component of Gross Anatomy I (PT 6600) to present an understanding of basic and clinical human anatomy. Detailed regional analyses of the upper and lower extremities will be performed.

PT 6610 Functional Anatomy I
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Entry into the Physical Therapy Program, co requisite PT 6600
Description

This course introduces the student to the theory and practical application of basic tests and measures related to the anatomical structures in the extremities. Examination procedures that will be taught include: palpation, muscle strength testing, ROM and flexibility testing, special testing and introduction to evaluation of the results from these tests and measurements. The course is designed to apply content from Human Gross Anatomy (PT 6600) to the functioning human being.

PT 6630 Evidence-based Practice I
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to prepare the student to use techniques associated with evidence based practice in physical therapy. Students will learn to develop clinical questions, develop search strategies to access best available evidence, begin to analyze selected literature, and utilize information to facilitate clinical decision making. Students will explore the impact of evidence based practice on physical therapy practice.

PT 6650 Clinical Internship I
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

The student is assigned to a physical therapy clinic for approximately 40 hours during the semester under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor. The emphasis of the clinical experience is on professional socialization, observation of patient management models, professionalism and to assist with basic direct patient care as deemed appropriate by the clinical instructor.

PT 6700 Clinical Physiology and Pathophysiology I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is an introduction to clinical applications of physiology and associated pathologies of the endocrine, reproductive, renal, hepatic/GI/biliary and musculoskeletal system with emphasis on musculoskeletal systems.

PT 6709 Professional Practice I: The Doctoring Professions
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the first in a three course series on professional practice designed to enhance student growth and professional development. This course focuses on written and oral communication issues and skills, and addresses professional and patient perspectives. Students will be introduced to the history of physical therapy, the American Physical Therapy Association and its foundational documents including the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Physical therapy professional attributes and professional behaviors will be highlighted. Chart review, an introduction to documentation and an introduction to 3rd party payer systems practice will be included.

PT 6800 Human Gross Anatomy II
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

Co-requisite PT 6810. This course is designed to present an understanding of basic and clinical human anatomy. Detailed regional analyses of the head, neck, trunk and spine will be performed.

PT 6805 Human Gross Anatomy II
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Corequisites PT 6810
Description

This is the laboratory component of PT 6800 Human Gross Anatomy II. This course is designed to present an understanding of basic and clinical human anatomy. Detailed regional analyses of the head, neck, trunk and spine will be performed.

PT 6810 Functional Anatomy II
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course introduces the student to the theory and practical application of basic tests and measures related to the anatomical structures in the spine. Examination procedures that will be taught include; palpation, muscle strength testing, ROM and flexibility testing, sensory testing, special tests and introduction to the evaluation of the results from these tests and measurements. This course is designed to apply content from Human Gross Anatomy II (PT 6800) to the functioning human being.

PT 6900 PT Management of Cardiopulmonary Disorders
Credit Hours 4.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course primarily addresses the scientific basis of cardiopulmonary dysfunction and therapeutic intervention which may be utilized by a healthcare professional team in rehabilitation of individuals with cardiopulmonary pathologies. Assessment and physical rehabilitation are emphasized. The spectrum of cardiopulmonary diseases from primary prevention to secondary prevention and long term rehabilitation will be presented.

PT 6910 Exercise Physiology
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course provides fundamental knowledge about the adaptability of human physiological systems in meeting a range of exercise demands. Areas covered include energy transfer during rest and exercise, physiologic and performance adaptations, and exercise prescription for health adults. Research evidence regarding how exercise and physical activity impact health and wellness is included.

PT 6950 Introduction to Radiology and Imaging in Physical Therapy
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to present the basic concepts of diagnostic imaging as related to physical therapy practice. This course includes an overview of physical principles, diagnostic capabilities, and key points for patient education. Application to physical therapy and treatment strategies will be covered. Major diagnostic imaging procedures commonly experienced by patients with physical therapy-related diagnoses will be addressed; including radiographs, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, positron emission tomograghy, single photon emission computerized tomography, fluoroscopy, and myelogram.

PT 7025 PT Management: Acute Medical, Surgical Pathology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT Program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course exposes the student to a variety of medical and surgical conditions commonly encountered by the physical therapist. Basic principles of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics will be addressed. Key concepts of drug administration, dose-response relationships, drug interactions, and factors influencing the effectiveness of medications are discussed. Students will answer clinical questions to distinguish the diverse classes of drugs as well as understand both practical and theoretical implications of drug use for selected populations. Specific medical and surgical conditions will be discussed, as well as related laboratory values, diagnostics and medical management will be discussed in the context of physical therapy management.

PT 7030 Physical Therapy Interventions I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to provide the student with practical experience in clinical examination skills and interventions. The course will emphasize physical therapy interventions including but not limited to positioning, functional mobility training, gait training, passive and active exercise, chest physical therapy, and the application of heat and cold modalities.

PT 7040 Physical Therapy Interventions II
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course will emphasize patient examination, evaluation, and intervention including: wound care (integumentary system) and hydrotherapy modalities. You will practice your clinical reasoning skills to select, perform and interpret tests and measures, and to design appropriate plans of care. You will begin the essentials of patient management: to assess, evaluate, diagnose, prognosticate and intervene for patients with a variety of conditions across a variety of settings.

PT 7130 Physical Therapy Interventions III
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all prior physical therapy courswork and/or clinical internships
Description

In this course, you will develop skills in the delivery of physical therapy patient management in accordance with the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. This course will emphasize patient/client interventions and management techniques including: therapeutic exercises and patient education. You will utilize clinical reasoning skills to select interventions based on the evaluation of physical therapy examination results. These essentials of patient management will assist you in selecting appropriate interventions for patients with a variety of conditions across the life span.

PT 7135 PT Interventions III B Introduction to Modalities
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all prior physical therapy course work and/or clinical internships
Description

In this course, you will develop skills in the delivery of physical therapy modalities for patient management in accordance with the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. This course will include the rationale for selecting a therapeutic modality based on known physiologic effects of the agent, the safety and use of the agent, therapeutic goals, documentation and evidence to support use of agents for neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Physical agents studied will include: ultrasound, electrotherapeutic modalities, physical agents, laser and traction. You will utilize clinical reasoning skills to select modalities based on the evaluation of physical therapy examination results for patients with a variety of conditions across the lifespan.

PT 7140 Tai Chi- Therapeutic Exercise
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

PT 7140/4140 is a graduate/undergraduate course introducing Tai Chi as a therapeutic exercise. The course addresses the benefits of Tai Chi exercise, Tai Chi’s origins, philosophy, and development. Scientific evidence of Tai Chi’s benefits to health is discussed. The course introduces all the styles and forms of Tai Chi and the application of Tai Chi to self defense, exercise, rehabilitation, and meditation. Students learn how to perform and to teach Tai Chi. Application of the principles and practices of Tai Chi to various impairments and disabilities is demonstrated.

PT 7250 Clinical Internship II
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the second of five clinical internships. The student will complete 8 weeks of a full-time internship with the major emphasis being the application of patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions related to current and completed course work.

PT 7600 Research Methodology
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the first of a four course sequence on evidence- based practice designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to critically analyze and use scientific literature to improve clinical practice, develop a research question, collect and interpret data, and disseminate results in professional forums. In this course, the student is introduced to principles of evidence-based practice, scientific methods, research design, hypothesis generation and testing, measurement theory, and analysis of data across experimental and survey paradigms.

PT 7610 Essentials of Medical Screening
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course introduces the student to principles of medical screening with emphasis on the evaluation of examination data to determine if a patient is appropriate for physical therapy intervention. The art and science of a patient/client referral to other healthcare professionals is introduced per the APTA Code of Ethics, APTA Guide to Professional Conduct and the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The rationale for when and why specific diagnostic imaging and testing procedures are ordered will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on how to relate/apply the information in clinical decision-making by the physical therapist.

PT 7615 Movement Sciences
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course exposes the student to basic principles of movement science and motor control, kinematics and kinetics related to movement with application of these principles to the study of gait and transitional movements across the lifespan. Biomechanical rationale for movement analysis will be emphasized.

PT 7620 Movement Sciences II
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

Motor control insights, gleaned from Movement Sciences I and their expansion in Movement Sciences II, become the umbrella for understanding how normal and abnormal movements emerge and from which therapeutic intervention is constructed and motor patterns are evaluated. This course builds on the principles of movement science and motor control by exposing the student to the theories of motor learning and the application of principles of biomechanics and kinesiology to abnormal movement. The principles of motor learning are included for structuring and progressing treatment.

PT 7625 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This lecture/laboratory course is the first in a series of five musculoskeletal courses designed to teach examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management and determine outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions. This course will focus on musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the cervical and thoracic spine, craniomandibular joints, and rib cage. The disablement model and the International Classification of Function will be utilized as a basis for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management and outcome assessment. This course will further promote development of knowledge in differentiating musculoskeletal dysfunctions/disorders in the cervical and thoracic spine and upper extremities.

PT 7626 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders II
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This lecture/laboratory course is the second in a series of five musculoskeletal courses designed to teach examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management and determine outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions. This course will focus of musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. The disablement model and the International Classification of Function will be utilized as a basis for examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management and outcome assessment. This course will further promote development of knowledge in differentiating musculoskeletal dysfunctions/disorders in the cervical and thoracic spine and upper extremities.

PT 7630 Life Span I
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course will provide an overview of typical development from infancy to adolescence, in all developmental domains, with a focus on motor development as well as normal aging process. The course material is presented and discussed in the context of clinical cases. Emphasis is placed on the principles, processes, and phases of growth. Normal physiologic changes with aging will be presented for adults and the impact of these changes on physical therapy management of older adults will be emphasized.

PT 7660 Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course provides students with information about Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CAT) including the applications of CAT in therapeutic situations. The curing medicine and therapeutic modalities addressed include Acupuncture and Acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Energy Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, Body/ Mind Therapy, Homeopathic Therapy, Massage and Touch Therapy and Nutrition and Diet.

PT 7700 Research
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is the second in a series of four courses designed to continue the inquiry process. This course will emphasize the developmental sequence of a research project from initiation through completion of the process and presentation of the product.

PT 7709 Professional Practice II: Psychosocial Aspects of Disability and Disease
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all previous semesters' course work
Description

Students explore the basic concepts and principles essential to the understanding of the therapist/client/ family reactions to disability and disease. Concepts of behavior management, death and dying, lifestyle adaptation, and attitudes toward disability are presented with respect to their influence on physical, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of an individual’s quality of life. Examination of legal and ethical issues that impact physical therapy delivery are also discussed.

PT 7710 PT Management Neuroanatomy I
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to introduce basic and applied neuroanatomical and neurophysiological principles. Topics include terminology and neuroanatomical relationships, cellular neurophysiology, structure and function of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and their ability to respond to environmental demands. The student will evaluate human behavior and performance in relation to function and dysfunction of the nervous system.

PT 7715 PT Management Neuroanatomy I
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the laboratory component of PT Management Neuro I. This course is designed to introduce basic and applied neuroanatomical and neurophysiological principles. Topics include terminology and neuroanatomical relationships, cellular neurophysiology, structure and function of the central,peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and their ability to respond to environmental demands. The student will evaluate human behavior and performance in relation to function and dysfunction of the nervous system.

PT 7725 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders III: Lumbar, Pelvis and Hip
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This lecture/laboratory course is the first in a series of five musculoskeletal courses designed to teach examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management and determine outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions. This course will focus on musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hip. This course will further promote development of knowledge in differentiating musculoskeletal dysfunctions/disorders in the lumbopelvic region and lower extremities. Students will synthesize the concepts of clinical reasoning and clinical decision making with an emphasis on evidence based medicine.

PT 7726 Patient Management Musculoskeletal IV Knee, Foot and Ankle
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This lecture/laboratory course is the fourth in a series of five musculoskeletal courses designed to teach examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management and determine outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions. This course will emphasize the knee, foot and ankle. This course will promote development of knowledge in differentiating musculoskeletal dysfunctions/disorders in the lower extremities and the concept of regional interdependence with the hip, pelvis and lumbar spine.

PT 7800 Evidence-based Practice II
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is a distance learning web-based course designed to facilitate application of evidence based practice in the clinical setting. The student will have the opportunity to use the techniques associated with evidence based practice in physical therapy to answer a clinical question prompted by a patient encounter. Students will disseminate their findings to classmates, and may present the EBP paper to the staff at the clinical internship site. This enhances the efficacy of patient/client interventions and outcomes and promotes best practice paradigms.

PT 7810 PT Management of Neuromuscular Disorders: Evaluation
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into Physical Therapy Program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and management of individuals with the movement dysfunction secondary to progressive and non-progressive acquired neuromuscular disorders. This course will lay the foundation for clinical decision making with the neurological patient population, including conducting an adult neurological examination, gathering an understanding of common diagnostic tools in this patient population and an introduction to a variety of interventions and approaches for individuals with disorders of the nervous system. The Neuromuscular Disorders series is designed to prepare the student to manage and treat a variety of progressive, non-progressive, catastrophic, non-catastrophic or acquired disorders of the central nervous system in adults.

PT 7820 PT Management of Neuromuscular Disorders: Application
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to expose the student to rehabilitation approaches for treatment post Cerebrovascular Accident, Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries and Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Movement Disorders to include Parkinsons Disease and Huntingtons Disease and an introduction to basic post amputation physical therapy management. Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic procedures, evidence based practices and interdisciplinary management, along with prevention are included in discussion of the above pathologies commonly encountered in neurologic physical therapy practice. This is the third section of a five section series for management of the neurologically impaired patient/client.

PT 7825 Prosthetics and Orthotics
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to prepare the student to: evaluate the need for lower limb orthoses and prostheses, prescribe appropriate orthoses and prostheses as a member of the prosthetic and orthotic team, evaluate fit and function of orthoses and prostheses, and implement a comprehensive plan of care for those patients utilizing orthoses and prostheses, including comprehensive gait analysis and gait training.

PT 7850 Clinical Internship III
Credit Hours 6.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the third of five clinical internships. The student will complete 8 weeks of a full-time clinical internship with the major emphasis being the application of patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions to current and completed coursework.

PT 7980 Research Practicum
Credit Hours 1.0 - 15.0
Description

Directed research in collaboration with a faculty member. For graduate assistants. Does not count towards degree requirements.

PT 7981 Clinical Arts Laboratory
Credit Hours 7.0
Prerequisites Admission into doctoral physical therapy program
Description
PT 8100 Introductory Clinical Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites acceptance in to the Physical Therapy program
Description

Introductory Clinical Research is the first course in a series designed to assist the DPT students in developing and completing a research project related to the field of Physical Therapy. The main purpose of this introductory course is to help students implement evidence- based practice by providing the basic research knowledge and skills necessary to critically analyze and use scientific literature. Students will be introduced to principles of evidence-based practice, research design, hypothesis generation and testing, basic statistical analyses of data, data interpretation, and process of results dissemination.

PT 8140 Health Promotion
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course will emphasize the concepts of health promotion and wellness as you would apply it to clinical practice. You will utilize health and fitness screening to develop an appropriate fitness program. In addition, you will incorporate health promotion and prevention methods/ideas for selected patient populations. You will practice your clinical reasoning skills to select and to design appropriate plans of care given the needs of the patient/client across a variety of settings.

PT 8500 Systematic Review, Meta-Analysis
Credit Hours 2.0
Description

This combination of systematic review and meta-analysis, the statistical process for combining data from multiple studies, is the basis for evidence-based practice in the health sciences, social sciences, and a host of other fields. Clinicians use it to determine the most effective course of treatment. Researchers use it to plan new studies, to justify these studies (in grant applications) and to put these studies in context (in the introductory section of published papers). The objective of this course is for the student to become proficient in conducting a systematic review and meta-analysis in the health sciences. Topics will include publication bias, effect size calculation, forest plots, moderator variables, and meta-regression.

PT 8600 Research III: Synthesis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is third in a series of four courses designed to continue the inquiry process. These courses emphasize the developmental sequence of a research project from initiation through completion of the process and presentation of the product.

PT 8670 Lifespan IV- Geriatrics and the Multisystem Patient
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all prior DPT course work and/or clinical internships
Description

This course is designed to prepare the student to provide physical therapy services for the older adult. The impact of normal aging changes, as well as age-related physical syndromes and diagnoses/disorders will be explored. The student will learn principles and procedures for interview, examination, evaluation PT diagnosis, prognosis and intervention related to management of the geriatric patient as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Pharmacological issues related to aging will be explored. Students will be exposed to a variety of assessment tools and outcome measures with specific application to the older adult. Psychosocial and ethical-legal issues will be integrated into the management approach.

PT 8700 Evidence-Based Practice III
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all DPT courses
Description

This course is a distance learning web-based course designed to facilitate application of evidence based practice in the clinical setting. The student will have the opportunity to use the techniques associated with evidence based practice in physical therapy to answer a clinical question prompted by a patient encounter. Students will disseminate their findings to classmates on the discussion board dedicated to this course.

PT 8709 Professional Practice III: Management
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all DPT courses
Description

This course focuses on the management of physical therapist autonomous practice in a variety of health care settings including, but not limited to, private practice, hospital, nursing home, home health, and other health care systems. A number of broad concepts and categories including the evolution of third-party reimbursement systems and managed-care, Medicaid, and the legal aspects of health care and physical therapy practice. Management concepts including human resources, continuous quality improvement, patient-centered care, interdisciplinary team management are discussed.

PT 8715 PT Management: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course provides an overview of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management, and intervention of children with neuromuscular disorders utilizing clinical case examples. Common clinical diagnoses are discussed, including examination and intervention strategies, given various practice settings. Clinical decision-making is described in terms of a family-centered, culturally-competent, team approach.

PT 8720 Lifespan III: Pediatric Physical Therapy Application
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This laboratory course will provide practical experiences of clinical examination and intervention skills that parallel the lecture component of the course. The course will emphasize concepts of clinical decision-making for children with disabilities.

PT 8725 PT Management of Neuromuscular Disorders IV
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course is designed to prepare the student to manage a selection of progressive and non-progressive disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Conditions discussed will include motor neuron disease with an emphasis on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, acute and chronic peripheral neuropathy and comprehensive exploration of vestibular disorders. The student will learn principles and procedures for interview, examination, evaluation PT diagnosis, prognosis and intervention related to management of the individual as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Psychosocial issues will be integrated into the management approach. This is the fourth section of a five section series for management of the neurologically impaired patient/client.

PT 8730 PT Management of Neuromuscular Disorders V
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This course focuses on the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and management of patients/clients with neuromuscular disorders affecting the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic and imaging procedures, evidence-based practice, and interdisciplinary team management, and prevention are included in the discussion of pathologies of the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. This is the fifth section of a five section series for management of the neurologically impaired patient/client.

PT 8800 Research IV: Dissemination
Credit Hours 1.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the fourth in a four-course sequence on research in physical therapy. These courses emphasize the developmental sequence of a research project from initiation through completion of the process and presentation of the product. Preparation and presentation of the research project is required in poster and platform style at a state or national meeting. Research is written in manuscript format in preparation for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

PT 8825 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders V
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all prior DPT course work and/or clinical internships
Description

This course emphasizes the best practice models for the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of patients/clients with musculoskeletal disorders. A variety of classification systems are presented to identify patients who will most likely benefit from selected interventions. This course will focus on the principles and techniques necessary to perform a competent physical therapy examination and intervention program for common musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the UE, LE, and spine including thrust and non-thrust techniques. Where little evidence exists, a pragmatic approach integrating basic and clinical sciences and clinical reasoning principles will be used in the clinical decision-making process.

PT 8840 PT Interventions
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

In this course, you will develop skills in the delivery of physical therapy patient management in accordance with the “Guide to Physical Therapy Practice.” This course will emphasize patient examination, evaluation, and intervention including EMG/NCV testing, hydrotherapy, womens health, industrial medicine (functional capacity examinations), compression, diathermy, frequency specific microcurrent, and introduction to dry needling. Students enhance their ability to identify patients most likely to benefit from selected interventions based on evidence-based practice, research, and patient values.

PT 8850 Clinical Internship IV
Credit Hours 7.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the fourth of five clinical internships. The student completes 10 weeks of full-time internship with the major emphasis being the application of patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and interventions related to current and completed coursework.

PT 8900 Special Problems in Physical Therapy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Individual study of a selected problem of interest under the direction of a faculty member.

PT 8920 Special Topics in Physical Therapy
Credit Hours 1.0 - 12.0
Description

Individual study of a selected topic under the direction of a faculty member.

PT 8930 Special Topics in Physical Therapy: Musculoskeletal Elective
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all prior courses
Description

This elective lecture/laboratory course is designed to deepen the students knowledge and performance of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

PT 8931 Special Topics II: Anatomy Elective
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT Program and successful completion of all prior courses
Description

An advanced laboratory course designed to challenge students with an in depth understanding of clinical human anatomy. Detailed dissections of human body will be created by students for teaching purpose of for study and publication. Students will create a project which will consist of a teaching module to be submitted to MedEd Portal or disseminated at eh GSU CEU conference.

PT 8932 Special Topics III: Complementary & Alternative Therapies
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT Program and successful completion of all prior courses
Description

This course is designed to introduce students to complementary medicine. Topics include Yoga, Feldenkrais and Tai Chi and applications of these complementary medicine/therapies in physical therapy and rehabilitation will be addressed. The evidence showing the effectiveness of yoga for a variety of conditions including cardiovascular, neurological, musculoskeletal, and psychological conditions will be discussed. The strategies inherent in the Feldenkrais Method for teaching new or regaining lost movement skills will be addressed. The effects of relaxation, mind-body harmony and balance training in Tai Chi will be experienced.

PT 8933 Special Topics III: Advanced Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT Program and successful completion of all prior courses
Description

This elective course will emphasize advanced concepts in pediatric physical therapy, including specialized topics related to working with children with disabilities. This course is intended for students who are planning to specialize in pediatric physical therapy and will enable students to advance their skills in clinical-decision making and evidence-based practice. This course provides an advanced overview of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, management, and intervention of children with neuromuscular disorders utilizing clinical case examples.

PT 8934 Special Topics: EKG
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Completion of all second year PT courses
Description

This course presents a study of basic electrocardiography (EKG). Cardiac anatomy and physiology, genesis of the 12-lead EKG, determination of heart rate from EKG and modulation of HR by autonomic nervous system, analysis of normal and aberrant rhythms and conduction patterns, electrical axis, cardiac hypertrophy, and ischemina/infarct patterns are included in the content. A programmed learning, method-based approach is used to give students stools necessary to interpret EKGs.

PT 8935 Special Topics: Vestibular/Womens Health/Wound Care/Canine Therapy
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Completion of all second year PT courses
Description

This course will expose students to several specialty areas of physical therapy, to include Pelvic health, Vestibular Rehab, Wound Care & Canine Therapy. Students will observe treatment in each of these practice areas and present a single case study from their observation experience as the only project for the course.

PT 8936 Special Topics: Advance Topics in Neuroscience: Education to Intervention
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

Must have permission from the instructor. Students will apply neuroscience principles from the lab and classroom to research and clinical settings. Students will gain advanced teaching experience in the neuroanatomy lab as well as explore and analyze the latest tools in neuroscience technology to diagnose and treat various neurological conditions.

PT 8950 Clinical Internship V
Credit Hours 7.0
Prerequisites Entry into the PT program and successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

This is the last of five clinical internships. The student completes 10 weeks of a full-time internship with the major emphasis being the application of patient examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions related to current and completed coursework. Students demonstrating the core values of professionalism and outstanding clinical and academic performance may request an area of practice (based on availability) that they want to experience prior to graduation.

PT 8999 Capstone Project in Physical Therapy
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites PT 7600 - Note: A minimum of six credit hours must be taken (maximum 2 hours per semester)
Description

Directed research culminating in a written product related to the art or science of physical therapy.

PT 9000 Comprehensive Examination
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all prior DPT courses
Description

The purpose of the comprehensive review is to ascertain the student’s readiness to graduate and to sit for the national licensing examination. Test-taking strategies and an intense review of the curriculum prepare students for entry into the physical therapy profession. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination is required for completion of the DPT program.

PT 9005 Service Learning
Credit Hours 2.0
Prerequisites Successful completion of all prior physical therapy course work and/or clinical internships
Description

The service learning component of the DPT curriculum is designed to complement the APTA Core Values (Appendix A; http://www.apta.org/) and CAPTEs Professional Practice Expectations and Patient/Client Management Expectations, as outlined in the Evaluative Criteria for PT Programs (http://www.capteonline.org/) of: accountability, altruism, professional duty, communication, cultural competence, social responsibility and advocacy, prevention, health promotion, fitness and wellness. Students will be participate in purposeful, community-based experiences related to health promotion, wellness, prevention and/or education. Projects/experiences must incorporate the promotion of the GSU Physical therapy program, the physical therapy profession and/or health and wellness or must serve a need identified within a community or population.