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PHYT 502 FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE 3 Credit Hours

This course addresses major topic areas related to the practice of physical therapy. Six modules serve to introduce students to: the history of physical therapy and current issues facing the profession, the processes involved in physical therapy clinical decision-making, the structure of the American healthcare system, and a conceptual foundation for performing observation and joint range of motion measurement skills used in physical therapy. The information presented in this course will serve as a foundation for subsequent course work, as the general themes presented in this course will recur throughout the curriculum.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 505 MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSICAL THERAPY I 5 Credit Hours

This course consists of a combination of lectures, discussion, required readings, demonstrations, and laboratory sessions related to physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention techniques related to muscle length, muscle performance, posture, gait and locomotion. An emphasis of the course will be on evidence-based practice in all areas of patient management. Where little evidence exists, a pragmatic approach integrating basic principles of biomechanics and pathokinesiology will be used. Principles of measurement, biomechanics (including kinematics and kinetics of human motion, and muscle mechanical properties), and neural control of movement are also covered in this course.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, GCBA 571, CIP 606, PHYT 502.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 506 FUNCTIONAL MOBILITY 2 Credit Hours

This is a lecture-laboratory course which covers examination, evaluation and intervention concepts and skills specifically related to gait, mobility, transfers, self care, and home management. Community and work integration, and a study of environmental barriers will also be covered in this course.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, GCBA 571, CIP 606, PHYT 505.

Typically Offered: SUMMER

PHYT 510 PHYSICAL AGENTS 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to incorporate all classroom and clinical experience to date to sharpen problem solving skills. The emphasis is on integration of knowledge and skills with clinical decision making. Emphasis is on clinical problem solving of case studies frequently seen in physical therapy practice. The problem solving approach will be used in journal documentation and research, small group discussions, demonstration and laboratory experience.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: SUMMER

PHYT 511 INTEGUMENTARY PHYSICAL THERAPY 2 Credit Hours

This course teaches the students the basic science of inflammation and tissue healing. The student will learn how to conduct an examination of the integumentary system and evaluate the findings. Various intervention techniques used in the treatment of wounds (including arterial venous wounds, burns, pressure ulcers) and lymphedema will be taught.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, GCBA 571, CIP 606; NRSG 605.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 512 NEUROMUSCULAR PHYSICAL THERAPY I 3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about structures and processes within the neuromuscular system that Influence movement. Consequences of use, disuse, age, pathology, and injury will be addressed as they relate to sensorimotor Impairment, disability, and/or handicap. Neurologic examination techniques will be introduced.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, GCBA 571, PHYS 606.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 522 PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF HEALTH CARE 2 Credit Hours

This survey course addresses a wide array of professional issues related to the practice of physical therapy from the perspectives of behavioral and social science (the study of human behavior in both individual and collective forms). Course topics include, but are not limited to: defining professional and expert practice; identifying ethical dimensions of health care; respecting human differences including self-awareness, family-centered care and cultural competence; developing effective skills in communication and patient education; appreciating the continuum of loss, grieving and adjustment due to chronic illness, social and physical changes and death and dying; and responses to illness and disability that complicate care such as self-destructive behaviors. The course includes a simulation with standardized patients with a focus on communication and patient interview skills.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: SUMMER

PHYT 550 CLINICAL EDUCATION I 2-7 Credit Hours

This course is the first in a series of five clinical education courses, and includes a module teaching documentation. This course will provide the student with the first professional exposure to the clinical practice of physical therapy. Students will spend one day per week in the clinical setting, for a total of 10 days (80 contact hours) during the semester. Every student will be assigned clinical placements in outpatient orthopedic, geriatric, and acute care settings, as well as a limited number of days in either home health or clinical settings treating adult neurological disorders or children. The clinical experience allows for the application of didactic information acquired through the curriculum. The documentation module will provide the student with the first exposure to documentation in the curriculum. Effective documentation promotes positive clinical outcomes, patient safety, continuity of care and appropriate reimbursement. The written record is the evidence for compliance with laws and regulations governing practice. Application of documentation principles will continue in subsequent courses and while on clinical rotations.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 605 MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSICAL THERAPY II 4 Credit Hours

This course emphasizes physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper quarter: craniomandibular joint, cervical spine, thoracic spine, and upper limb. The material is taught using a combination of lectures, discussion, required readings, demonstrations, case studies, and laboratory sessions.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program and successful completion of year 1 curriculum.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 606 MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSICAL THERAPY III 4 Credit Hours

This course emphasizes physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention for patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lower quarter: lumbar spine, pelvic girdle, lower limb, womens health, and PT in industry.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program and successful completion of year 1 curriculum.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 610 CARDIOPULMONARY PHYSICAL THERAPY 4 Credit Hours

This lecture-laboratory course emphasizes application of the therapist-client management model as related to common cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Etiology, clinical manifestations, physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention strategies for various cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders will be presented through lectures, laboratory experiences, patient simulation and case study formats.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, GCBA 571, CIP 606, NRSG 605.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 612 PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY 4 Credit Hours

This course provides the physical therapy student with entry level, foundational knowledge for pediatric practice settings. Topics include: typical motor development, motor performance, and motor learning; standardized tests and screening tools for pediatric populations, common pediatric diagnoses and the impact upon the developing child, treatment planning and equipment needs for specific conditions, goal writing for pediatric practice settings, and pediatric practice issues.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 614 PHYSICAL THERAPY MANAGEMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS 2 Credit Hours

A lecture/discussion course which applies concepts of exercise physiology, exercise prescription, and other physical therapy interventions to those individuals with impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions related to the presence of chronic health conditions. Topics include physical therapy management of individuals with obesity, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, end-stage renal failure, HIV/AIDS, cancer, arthritis and conditions associated with advanced age, and others.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program successful completion of year 1 curriculum.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 615 FUNCTIONAL EXERCISE PROGRESSION 3 Credit Hours

This is a lecture and laboratory course which applies concepts of functional exercise to individuals with health conditions that have resulted in impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions with the intent of eliminating or reducing the severity of them. Topics will include motor skills training to diminish or eliminate activity limitations (e.g., standing, walking, transfers, stairs) through functional training, exercise directed at ameliorating specific impairments such as muscle weakness, loss of joint range of motion, or poor coordination and balance, and special exercise modalities that can be applied to patients with varying health conditions. This course is not intended to provide exercise protocols for specific health conditions.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program successful completion of year 1 curriculum.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 616 NEUROMUSCULAR PHYSICAL THERAPY II 4 Credit Hours

This is the second in a three course sequence that prepares the student to manage adults presenting with neuromuscular disease. The course provides the student with 1) general principles of examination and evaluation, 2) the theoretical framework for making intervention decisions, including theories of motor control and motor learning, and 3) an overview of adult patient management (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes) for Neuromuscular Physical Therapy Practice Patterns.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 512.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 617 NEUROMUSCULAR PHYSICAL THERAPY III 3 Credit Hours

This is the third in a three course sequence that continues to prepare the student to manage adults presenting with neuromuscular disease. This course provides the student with 1) an overview of adult patient management (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes) for Neuromuscular Physical Therapy Practice Patterns with an emphasis on the complex medical patient, and 2) the theoretical framework for making delegation decisions to PT Assistants.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 616.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 622 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SKILLS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY I 1 Credit Hour

This foundational course provides an overview of the US health care system, budgeting, resource utilization, billing and reimbursement as related to providing cost-effective, efficient, ethical, high quality physical therapy services using a lecture and seminar class format.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 502, PHYT 522.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 624 ORTHOTICS & PROSTHETICS 3 Credit Hours

An advanced lecture, laboratory and demonstration course in the application of anatomy and pathomechanics to bracing and positioning of the human body, to artificial limbs, and the selection and use of other specialized assistive devices, including wheelchairs seating and mobility. It includes examination, evaluation, physical therapy diagnosis and prognosis, and implementation as applied to selection, fitting and training protocols for a variety of neuromuscular and skeletal pathologies, impairments and disabilities, amputations and limb deficiencies.

Prerequisite:  Musculoskeletal I and II, Therapeutic Exercise. Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 630 PREVENTION & WELLNESS 2 Credit Hours

The Public Health model of care will be discussed. Methods for addressing the wellness needs of populations, groups and individuals across the lifespan are covered, including alternative and complementary healing methods and movement therapies. The physical therapist¿s role in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of diseases of the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and integumentary systems will be discussed. In addition, the consultant role of the physical therapist in promoting wellness to industry, community groups and individuals will be addressed.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program and successful completion of year 1 curriculum.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 640 CRITICAL INQUIRY I 3 Credit Hours

This is the first of two courses in critical inquiry designed to develop the students' abilities to critically analyze and interpret research. The primary focus will be on evidence-based practice, research designs, statistical methods, and critically analyzing research papers.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 502.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 650 CLINICAL EDUCATION II 8 Credit Hours

Clinical education courses are an integral part of the DPT curriculum. They allow for the clinical application of physical therapy theories and techniques acquired during lecture and laboratory instruction. As importantly, these courses provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities most effectively taught in the clinical setting. The clinical education process is designed to provide the student with periodic clinical exposure at key times throughout the curriculum, thus enabling to student to build clinical practice skills and confidence while being exposed to a variety of clinicians, patients, and facilities. Although each student will have different clinical education experiences, the process is designed to move the student along a continuum from observation, identification and description to analysis, demonstration, and evaluation. Consequently, the student will also progress from requiring fairly constant supervision by clinical instructors to requiring periodic guidance and eventually to entry level practice. The clinical faculty provides the student with clinical practice experience and specialty knowledge. This, coupled with the program curriculum, provides the foundational base of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to begin entry level practice.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 550.

Typically Offered: SUMMER

PHYT 720 DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS I 2 Credit Hours

This class builds on the students current knowledge of pathophysiology. Emphasis will be placed not only on the signs and symptoms but also the natural progression of the various disease pathologies and how this influences the PT plan of care. Lectures and group discussions will be utilized to facilitate clinical decision-making. Case studies will be used to assist the student in the development of physical therapy treatment programs which not only address current problems, but potential problems and the patient¿s general health.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 722 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SKILLS IN PHYSICAL THERAPY II 2 Credit Hours

There are no specific clinical rotations as part of this course. The student will be required to complete one written assignment for PHYT 722 Assignment 4 that requests the student to interview his/her clinical instructor about effective strategies for professional development.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 502, PHYT 622.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 726 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PHYSICAL THERAPY 2 Credit Hours

This course provides the learner with the opportunity to acquire specific skills for professional development that include but are not limited to. 1) presenting a patient case to faculty and peers that incorporates demonstration of evidences-based clinical decision making, while using best practices of instructional techniques and educational theories, 2) performing peer and self-assessment activities that include reflective and constructive feedback, 3) critically evaluating methods of maintaining clinical competence, 4) identifying key clinical instructor competencies, 5) designing a realistic and comprehensive professional development plan, and 6) characterizing effective methods for contributing to social responsibility and advocacy.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 727 DIFFERENTIAL SCREENING FOR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS 2 Credit Hours

This course emphasizes imaging and medical screening tools as they pertain to physical therapy examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. Course information will focus on how findings may influence patient management as well as need for further medical examination or referral. Self-study, lecture, case studies, and group discussion are included in this course.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, successful completion of year 1 2 curriculum.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 740 CRITICAL INQUIRY II 3 Credit Hours

This is the second of two courses in critical inquiry designed to develop the students' abilities to critically analyze and interpret research. A major emphasis in this course is on the process of evidence-based practice: developing clinical questions, searching for evidence, analyzing the evidence, and applying the evidence to practice. An additional emphasis is placed on learning to conduct Journal Club discussions of the literature.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 640.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 742 SPECIAL TOPICS 1-3 Credit Hours

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 750 CLINICAL EDUCATION III 8 Credit Hours

Clinical education courses are an integral part of the DPT curriculum. They allow for the clinical application of physical therapy theories and techniques acquired during lecture and laboratory instruction. As importantly, these courses provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities most effectively taught in the clinical setting. The clinical education process is designed to provide the student with periodic clinical exposure at key times throughout the curriculum, thus enabling to student to build clinical practice skills and confidence while being exposed to a variety of clinicians, patients, and facilities. Although each student will have different clinical education experiences, the process is designed to move the student along a continuum from observation, identification and description to analysis, demonstration, and evaluation. Consequently, the student will also progress from requiring fairly constant supervision by clinical instructors to requiring periodic guidance and eventually to entry level practice. The clinical faculty provides the student with clinical practice experience and specialty knowledge. This, coupled with the program curriculum, provides the foundational base of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to begin entry level practice.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 550, PHYT 650 and successful completion of all previous curriculum.

Typically Offered: FALL

PHYT 751 CLINICAL EDUCATION IV 8 Credit Hours

Clinical education courses are an integral part of the DPT curriculum. They allow for the clinical application of physical therapy theories and techniques acquired during lecture and laboratory instruction. As importantly, these courses provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities most effectively taught in the clinical setting. The clinical education process is designed to provide the student with periodic clinical exposure at key times throughout the curriculum, thus enabling to student to build clinical practice skills and confidence while being exposed to a variety of clinicians, patients, and facilities. Although each student will have different clinical education experiences, the process is designed to move the student along a continuum from observation, identification and description to analysis, demonstration, and evaluation. Consequently, the student will also progress from requiring fairly constant supervision by clinical instructors to requiring periodic guidance and eventually to entry level practice. The clinical faculty provides the student with clinical practice experience and specialty knowledge. This, coupled with the program curriculum, provides the foundational base of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to begin entry level practice.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 550, PHYT 650, PHYT 750 and successful completion of all prior curriculum.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 752 CLINICAL EDUCATION V 8 Credit Hours

Clinical education courses are an integral part of the DPT curriculum. They allow for the clinical application of physical therapy theories and techniques acquired during lecture and laboratory instruction. As importantly, these courses provide the student with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities most effectively taught in the clinical setting. The clinical education process is designed to provide the student with periodic clinical exposure at key times throughout the curriculum, thus enabling to student to build clinical practice skills and confidence while being exposed to a variety of clinicians, patients, and facilities. Although each student will have different clinical education experiences, the process is designed to move the student along a continuum from observation, identification and description to analysis, demonstration, and evaluation. Consequently, the student will also progress from requiring fairly constant supervision by clinical instructors to requiring periodic guidance and eventually to entry level practice. The clinical faculty provides the student with clinical practice experience and specialty knowledge. This, coupled with the program curriculum, provides the foundational base of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to begin entry level practice.

Prerequisite:  Enrollment in the Physical Therapy Program, PHYT 550, PHYT 650, PHYT 750, PHYT 751 and successful completion of all prior curriculum.

Typically Offered: SPRING

PHYT 942 SPECIAL TOPICS 1-6 Credit Hours

A directed independent study graduate course designed to address a specific and limited area of content in depth. The course is not intended for students who desire an overview or global content course.

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.

Typically Offered: FALL/SP/SU