Physical Therapy Course Descriptions

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PTH 6100 - Professional Behaviors I - 0 cr.
First in a four course series focusing on the program's requirement of professional behaviors development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Using multidimensional assessment and evaluation, students begin to integrate professional knowledge and behavioral skills associated with success in the profession.


PTH 6101 - Professional Behaviors II - 0 cr.
Second in a four course series focusing on the program's requirement of professional behaviors development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Using multidimensional assessment and evaluation, students will demonstrate sufficient integration and application of professional knowledge and behavioral skills for progression to the first full-time clinical internship.


PTH 6405 - Professionalism in Physical Therapy - 2 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 6410 - PT Administration I - 1 cr.
First of a three course series related to the administration and management of physical therapy services. The major forms of health care delivery and reimbursement models are investigated. Billing for physical therapy interventions is covered and the interaction of ethical and legal issues is addressed.


PTH 6480 - Critical Inquiry I - 1 cr.
Introductory course provides a foundation for evidence based practice. Research methods, ethics and statistical procedures commonly used in physical therapy are reviewed and discussed. Concepts related to validity and reliability are emphasized.


PTH 6505 - Kinesiology/Biomechanics - 2 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 6510 - Functional Anatomy - 4 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 6511 - Neuroscience - 5 cr.
Studies the anatomy and physiology of the adult nervous system. Sensation, perception, cognition, and motor control are examined. Application includes analysis of normal functions as well as the effects of pathological lesions affecting the nervous system.


PTH 6513 - Life Span Motor Development - 3 cr.
Theories of motor development across the lifespan are presented in the context of physical therapy practice. Emphasis is on normal age related changes from infancy and childhood through mature adulthood and late life.


PTH 6517 - Systems Screening & MGT I - 3 cr.
The first of a two course series dealing with medical diagnoses and medical management of pathologies commonly treated by physical therapists. Principles of diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing, pharmacology, and their application in physical therapy are discussed.


PTH 6520 - PT Exam & Eval I - 4 cr.
First of a two course sequence focuses on the acquisition of fundamental examination skills in physical therapy practice. Students are introduced to the patient/client management model and learn how to perform a subjective examination and basic objective tests and measures for the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems. Clinical reasoning is introduced related to the diagnostic process and identification of referral situations.


PTH 6521 - PT Exam & Eval II - 4 cr.
Second course in the sequence of acquiring fundamental examination, evaluation and clinical reasoning skills. Patients/ clients with multi-system dysfunction are addressed. Environment, home, and work (job/ school/ play) assessments are incorporated into clinical reasoning.


PTH 6530 - PT Interventions I - 4 cr.
First of a two-course sequence designed to develop skilled application of interventions in the physical therapy management of patients. Students apply evaluation, diagnostic, and prognostic information to develop a plan of care for specific joint or regional applications of procedural interventions pertaining to electrotherapy, physical agents, and mechanical modalities. Competency in the application of interventions includes appropriate modification of the intervention plan based on monitoring patient response and individual patient needs and characteristics.


PTH 6531 - PT Interventions II - 4 cr.
Second course in the sequence designed to develop skilled application of exercise in the physical therapy management of patients. Students develop competency in application of evaluation, diagnostic, and prognostic information in to developing a plan of care that includes prescribing exercises, monitoring patient's response and program progression.


PTH 6535 - Physiological Response Inj/Ex - 3 cr.
A comprehensive study of the interrelated effects of exercise, injury, and healing processes on normal tissues. Included are discussions about inflammation, pain, edema, nutrition, acute and chronic exercise. Tissue dynamics of the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems as they relate to physical therapy are emphasized.


PTH 6777 - Physical Therapy Topics - 0-4 cr.
Topics in Physical Therapy.


PTH 6901 - Internship Preparation - 0 cr.
Designed to prepare students for their first clinical internship experience. Included are the roles of the clinical and academic internship team members, professional communications specific to internships, and strategies for maximizing the internship experience. Procedures, requirements and assignments for pre-internship and internship processes are presented.


PTH 6910 - Patient/Client MGT I - 2 cr.
First of a four course series designed to integrate multiple aspects of the student's professional education. Integration and application of professional skills, knowledge, and behaviors to patient/client problems through case studies, clinic rotations, and role playing is emphasized. Comprehensive management of the patient/client whose physical therapy needs require basic level skills is the focus for clinical decision-making and plan of care development.


PTH 6950 - Full-time Clinical Experience - 4 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 6999 - Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Independent Study in Physical Therapy.


PTH 7102 - Professional Behaviors III - 0 cr.
Third in a four course series focusing on the program's requirement of professional behaviors development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Using multidimensional assessment and evaluation, students integrate and apply professional knowledge and behavioral skills associated with success in the profession.


PTH 7103 - Professional Behaviors IV - 1 cr.
Final course in a four part series addressing professional behaviors and values, which are program requirements. Students complete the professional behavior portfolio to display attainment of desired professional behaviors and skills needed for readiness in clinical settings and necessary for success in the physical therapy profession. Self reflection, self analysis, and collective faculty evaluation provide mechanisms for continued professional development while enrolled in the program.


PTH 7411 - Physical Therapy Admin II - 2 cr.
Addresses organizational structure, practice settings, leadership, and cost accountability. Included are issues related to human and facility resource management. Ethical, legal, and professional issues are interwoven into the course.


PTH 7412 - PT Administration & Advocacy - 3 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 7481 - Critical Inquiry II - 2 cr.
Advanced application of evidence based practice through the critical review of research literature in physical therapy and related disciplines. Focus is on applying knowledge of statistics and research methodology to determine the appropriate incorporation of results into clinical practice.


PTH 7482 - Critical Inquiry III - 2 cr.
Students work in small groups to advance their knowledge of scholarly research methods and critical review under the guidance of a faculty advisor in an area of the faculty's expertise. Students participate in a scientific poster presentation and compile a final research review paper.


PTH 7518 - Systems Screening & Mgmt II - 3 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 7540 - Musculoskeletal Eval & MGT I - 4 cr.
Application of advanced physical therapy evaluation and interventions to patients/clients whose primary impairment or movement-limiting dysfunction is musculoskeletal in origin. Focus is on development of manual therapy techniques. Evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making are incorporated as they relate to developing, monitoring and progression of a patient's plan of care.


PTH 7541 - Musculoskeletal Eval & MGT II - 3 cr.
Focuses on management of patients whose primary impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions are due to multi-system involvement. Development of a comprehensive plan of care and application of interventions for complex patients is emphasized.


PTH 7545 - Neuromuscular Eval & MGT I - 3 cr.
A comprehensive study of the integration of physiologic theories and principles with neuromuscular rehabilitation. Current theories relating to the control of normal and impaired movement are investigated and used to provide a framework for evaluation of and intervention for individuals with disability resulting from neurologic injury or disease.


PTH 7546 - Neuromuscular Eval & MGT II - 3 cr.
Advances the study and application of patient/client management theories and skills for patients with neuromuscular system involvement. Emphasis is on evaluation and management of individuals in the areas of gait disturbance, vestibular dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury.


PTH 7560 - Cardiopulmonary Eval & MGT - 3 cr.
A comprehensive study of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. The patient/client management model is applied to dysfunctions specifically involving these systems across the life span and the continuum of care. Managing critically ill patients in the intensive care unit and principles of primary and secondary prevention are discussed.


PTH 7565 - Integumentary Eval & Mgmt - 3 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 7567 - Life Span Applications I - 3 cr.
Entry-level approach to providing physical therapy services to pediatric patients/clients in a variety of settings. The patient/client management model is applied to multiple pediatric diagnoses and conditions. Abnormal development, therapeutic play, and behavior management are covered as essential components of pediatric physical therapy. Ethical, legal, and legislative issues affecting this population are addressed.


PTH 7568 - Lifespan App II: Geriatrics - 2 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 7573 - Psychosocial Issues in PT - 2 cr.
Relates psychological and social factors that affect patient-practitioner interactions. Concepts related to communication, cultural competency, motivation, health, response to disability, sexuality, and abuse are discussed.


PTH 7710 - Pharmacology for P.T.'s - 3 cr.
Analysis of the common classifications of pharmacologic agents and their potential effects on a physical therapy assessment and plan of care. Basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and drug receptors will be covered.


PTH 7715 - Diagnostic Imaging - 2 cr.
Compares and contrasts various imaging techniques, ,including basics of assessment, interpretation of reports, and formulation of referrals.


PTH 7720 - Health Policy - 3 cr.
Analysis of legal issues surrounding health care in America and the promotion of advocacy for reform.


PTH 7730 - Evidence Based Practice - 3 cr.
Applies concepts of evidence-based practice including basic concepts of research, statistics, and critical analysis of literature in a topic of interest to the learner.


PTH 7777 - Physical Therapy Topics - 0-4 cr.
Topics in Physical Therapy.


PTH 7911 - Patient/Client Mgmt II - 2 cr.
Application of the patient/client management model. Students synthesize information from previous and concurrent course work to develop a plan of care for a patient/client with single or multiple system involvement with faculty guidance. Students participate in self and peer review processes. The course provides opportunities for hands-on examination, evaluation, and intervention with patients in a clinical setting.


PTH 7912 - PT/Client Mgmt III - 2 cr.
Continued application of the patient/client management model across the life span for problems of increasing complexity. Development of professional behaviors and integration of all coursework is demonstrated through the creation and progression of plans of care in a variety of service models and therapist roles.


PTH 7913 - PT/Client Mgmt IV - 1 cr.
Description coming soon.


PTH 8725 - Differential Screening - 3 cr.
Focuses on diagnostic process and clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Emphasis is on the differential diagnosis process for physical therapy and indications for referral. Prerequisites of PTH 7710 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists and PTH 7715 Diagnostic Imaging


PTH 8735 - Clinical Experience - 2 cr.
Demonstration of physical therapy skills, knowledge, and behaviors/interactions with patient/clients, peers, and other professionals through a portfolio.


PTH 8825 - Differential Screening - 3 cr.
Focuses on diagnostic process and clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Emphasis is on the differential diagnosis process for physical therapy and indications for referral. Prerequisites of PTH 7710 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists and PTH7715 Diagnostic Imaging


PTH 8890 - Elective in Physical Therapy - 1 cr.
An independent, supervised professional experience allowing the student to explore professional related content in greater detail. The elective can include, but not be limited to administration, policy, specialty area of clinical practice, research, or service learning.


PTH 8951 - Clinical Internship II - 4 cr.
Provides a second, full time opportunity to apply professional skills, knowledge, behavior, and theory in a clinical setting. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the student applies the elements of patient/client management in a physical therapy practice. Development of professional behavior continues as students interact daily with patients/clients, physical therapists, and other members of the health care team.


PTH 8952 - Clinical Internship II - 6 cr.
The third full-time clinical experience occurs in a physical therapy practice setting different than experienced during previous internships. This internship provides further development, manipulation, and utilization of knowledge, skills and professionalism. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the student is expected to demonstrate autonomy in the management of familiar diagnoses. This internship may occur in a rural or urban setting, but at least one rural setting is required during the internship series.


PTH 8953 - Clinical Internship IV - 6 cr.
Terminal ten week, full-time clinical internship representing the culmination of all previous course work. Students gain increased experience and depth of understanding for application and integration of skills, knowledge, and professional behaviors. By the end of this internship, the student is expected to demonstrate proficiency at the entry-level in all aspects of patient/client management. This internship may occur in a rural or urban setting, but at least one rural setting is required during the internship series.


PTH 8980 - Capstone - 1 cr.
Description coming soon.