Physical Therapy (PT)

PT 502. Introduction to Clinical Decision Making.3 Credits.

This course integrates information from previous course work through reinforcement of the patient/client management model. The ICF model is introduced and is used as an organizing framework. This interactive case-based course guides students through a series of video, standardized and real-life patient scenarios. Principles of evidence-based practice are introduced. This case-based learning experience allows the student to gain a basic understanding of patient management in preparation for clinical course work.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 503L. Physical Therapy Process I Lab.2 Credits.

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of basic physical therapy skills such as body mechanics, bed mobility training, transfer and gait training, range of motion and muscle testing. Medical terminology, documentation and medical record review are covered, as are emergency incidents and the measurement of vital signs.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 504L. Physical Therapy Process II Lab.4 Credits.

This course continues to develop basic physical therapy skills, with a focus on test and measures applied by physical therapists in assessment of patients. Goniometry and manual muscle testing for the spine and extremities, stretching and therapeutic exercise are covered. Students learn about The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The course includes units covering the tests and measures used to analyze specific patient problems including gait, pain, posture, skin and chest. Students also study thermal modalities.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 505. Kinesiology I.3 Credits.

Kinesiology I introduces the basic principles of kinesiology. Numerous problem-solving processes and skills are developed throughout the semester. Forces and torques in static clinical free body diagrams are studied. The student learns to identify different muscle(s) interactions/ combinations. Students then study movement and movement patterns of the upper extremity, comparing one area of the body to another. Course includes a lab component.

Prerequisites: Take MA 141;
Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 505L. Kinesiology I Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 505.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 506. Kinesiology II.2 Credits.

Students study movement and movement patterns of the lower extremity and trunk, including normal gait. Both the kinematics and the kinetics at the hip, knee and ankle are emphasized, especially in relationship to the closed kinetic chain. Dynamic motion is introduced and becomes the central focus for this semester. Course includes a lab component.

Prerequisites: Take PT 505;
Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 506L. Kinesiology II Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 506.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 512. Human Anatomy I.4 Credits.

This is the first of a two-course study of human anatomy. Dissection and presentation of the human body using a regional approach provides the foundation for introducing clinical anatomy with a strong emphasis on structure/function relationships. This course teaches the anatomy of the upper extremity, back, head and neck. Each unit begins with the study of joint structure followed by muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Clinical correlations of musculoskeletal/neuromuscular pathologies are presented to develop problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 211 BIO 212;
Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 512L. Human Anatomy Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 512.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 513. Human Anatomy II.3 Credits.

A regional approach to the study of the human body is practiced. The regions of study include the pelvis, lower extremity and body cavities. The study of body cavities begins with an overview of surface anatomy and surface projections of internal viscera. The contents of the thoracic, abdominal and pelvic cavities are identified with an emphasis on interrelationship of visceral structures. Clinical correlations are presented from a systems approach to the study of body cavities.

Prerequisites: Take PT 512;
Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 513L. Human Anatomy II Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 513.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 514. Neuroanatomy I.2 Credits.

This course presents the gross anatomy and development of the central nervous system. Major structures and landmarks within each major brain vesicle and spinal cord are covered.

Prerequisites: Take BIO 211 BIO 212;
Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 515. Neuroanatomy II.2 Credits.

This course deals with the function of the systems and structures covered in PT 514 including major efferent and afferent pathways. Emphasis is placed on the motor control mechanisms for posture and movement and their involvement in common neuropathologies treated by a physical therapist.

Prerequisites: Take PT 514;
Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 517. Clinical Education Seminar.1 Credit.

This course provides students with knowledge required for the initial full-time clinical experience. The role of clinical educators, documentation requirements, the process of clinical education evaluation, and the concept of academic/clinical preparedness are presented. A practical examination is administered to determine the student's preparedness. Discussion of legal issues and ethical dilemmas helps students develop strategies for decision-making. Students are introduced to their professional duty to be future physical therapist educators.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 519. Professional Issues in Physical Therapy I.2 Credits.

This course introduces physical therapy students to the many topics and issues relevant to the physical therapy profession. Students explore the many roles of the American Physical Therapy Association, practice issues, professional skills and behaviors, including the profession's code of ethics and standards of practice. The role of the physical therapist in both the health care system and the community is discussed. Students also are introduced to documentation.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 520. Pathophysiology I.3 Credits.

This course prepares students to become well acquainted with the disease process and how it affects the human body. They learn to recognize signs/symptoms of disease and are introduced to the treatments and complications of disease. Diseases of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary homeostasis mechanism are considered. Students also learn how changes in homeostasis, hemopoietic fluids and electrolytes affect the function of the body.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 523. Applied Pharmacology I.1 Credit.

Patients are taking a variety of drugs to treat or manage various conditions, diseases or disorders. This course allows the student to understand how drug therapy can affect patients receiving physical therapy and how physical therapy intervention strategies may need to be modified based on a patient's medication. Specifically, students look at medications utilized for cardiovascular and pulmonary disease processes. Anesthetics, opioids and NSAIDS also are addressed.

Offered: Every year, Summer Online

PT 528. Musculoskeletal I.4 Credits.

This course builds upon information taught in previous courses and is designed to allow the physical therapy major to use an evidence-based approach to appropriately evaluate and establish a treatment plan for patients with various musculoskeletal conditions. The student is taught to generate an evidence-based diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care to provide treatment to physical therapy clients with conditions affecting the shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, hip and knee regions of the body.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 528L. Musculoskeletal I Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 528.

Corequisites: Take PT 528;
Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 529. Physical Therapy Process - Musculoskeletal II.4 Credits.

This course builds upon information taught in previous courses and is designed to allow the physical therapy major to use an evidence-based approach to appropriately evaluate and establish a treatment plan for patients with various musculoskeletal conditions. The student is taught to generate an evidence-based diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care to provide treatment to physical therapy clients with conditions affecting the spine and foot/ankle regions of the body.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 529L. Physical Therapy Process - Musculoskeletal II Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 529.

Corequisites: Take PT 529;
Offered: Every year, Fall and Summer

PT 531. Physical Therapy Process - Acute Care and Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I.4 Credits.

This course provides the student with a broad background in the management of patients with acute medical problems with emphasis on pulmonary, cardiac and dermatological pathologies. Drawing upon the anatomy, physiology and pathology, the student develops the ability to integrate information to appropriately evaluate and establish a treatment plan for patients with an acute cardiopulmonary disorder, dermatological condition, or other acute medical problems encountered in the hospital setting.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 531L. Acute Care Cardiopulmonary Lab I.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 531.

Corequisites: Take PT 531;
Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 548L. Physical Therapy Process - Physical Agents Lab.1 Credit.

This course is designed to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to properly use electrotherapeutic and light physical agents in adjunct with other treatment interventions to optimize patient clinical outcomes. An emphasis is placed on problem-solving, integration of theory, and evidence based modality use, to allow the student to utilize modalities appropriately

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 569. Education/Community Health/Wellness.2 Credits.

Theories of wellness, prevention and health promotion are presented, including implications for persons and/or health programs within a community setting. Topics include health promotion, health risks and disparities related to age, gender, culture, ethnicity and lifestyle, general systems theories, determinants of health, and leading health indicators/focus areas. The unique role of PTs in community practice is emphasized with discussion of practice settings, cultural competency training, and ethical reporting of elder, child abuse and domestic violence.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 599. Independent Study.1-3 Credits.

Offered: As needed

PT 626. Pathophysiology II.3 Credits.

This course presents a comprehensive investigation of common neurological disorders in the pediatric and adult population. A brief review of neural development and maturation is provided as a foundation for understanding specific cellular and system responses to neuronal injury or cell death. For selected neurological disorders the disease process is presented in terms of known pathology, known or potential etiology and risk factors, clinical manifestations, and medical management.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 627. Applied Pharmacology II.1 Credit.

This course is a continuation of Pharmacology to introduce the physical therapist student to the chemical agents that many patients are taking. This course allows the student to understand how drug therapy can affect patients receiving physical therapy and how physical therapy intervention strategies may need to be modified. Specific medications utilized in the treatment of cancer, neurologic conditions, endocrine dysfunction, antimicrobials and role of CAMs are covered.

Offered: Every year, Spring Online

PT 628. Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary II.3 Credits.

This course builds on PT 531 for the evaluation, treatment planning and intervention of the patient with cardiopulmonary dysfunction. Students examine cardiopulmonary changes present over the lifespan and interventions. Management of patients in specialized units such as transplant, neonatal and pediatric units are explored, as part of an interprofessional team. Goal setting and discharge planning are examined. Students explore cardiopulmonary issues present in treating the population with bariatric impediments.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 628L. Physical Therapy Process: Acute Care & Cardiopulmonary II Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 628.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 652. Professional Issues in Physical Therapy II.1 Credit.

This course introduces students to the current issues facing the physical therapy profession. Topics include professional trends and professionalism, risk management, workforce trends including minority and cultural impacts to care, education trends, legal and ethical issues. The course addresses physical therapy concerns related to state and federal legislation, governance and advocacy for patients and the profession.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 657. Diagnostic Imaging for Physical Therapists.2 Credits.

This course introduces the student to diagnostic imaging principles and techniques as applied to musculoskeletal, neurologic and cardiovascular and pulmonary systems examination, evaluation and management. The course emphasizes radiographic anatomy, common normal variants and pathological and traumatic conditions. In addition to standard radiographic techniques, other imaging and special techniques are discussed. The course is organized by body systems: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and pulmonary and neurologic as well as a session on technologic advances.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 658. Differential Diagnosis.3 Credits.

This course provides students with methods of identifying signs and symptoms of diseases and differentiating between those that are musculoskeletal and those that are systemic conditions. Throughout the course, the student learns to correlate the findings from the patient's personal and family history, the physical therapy interview and the objective examination. This course provides the student with reference for determining when patients should be referred to a physician.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 661. Administration and Leadership in Physical Therapy.3 Credits.

Students learn components of PTs as manager or consultant in the current health care delivery system. The organization, administration and management of a department is emphasized through topics such as: principles of management, types of supervision/managerial styles, program planning and decision-making, policy development, quality assurance, utilization review, reimbursement, budget preparation, regulating agencies and managed care, legal issues and risk management, and consumer satisfaction. Professional topics include career-planning strategies such as resume writing and leadership development.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 661L. Administrative and Management Lab Physical Therapy Lab.1 Credit.

Lab to accompany PT 661.

Offered: As needed

PT 664. Neurological Rehabilitation I.4 Credits.

This course presents physical therapy examination and treatment procedures for adults with neurological impairments. Assessment procedures include the evaluation of normal movement, abnormal movement, functional mobility and other specific neurological deficits. The semester includes laboratory instruction and practice in neurological treatment techniques. During the course, the student performs a comprehensive evaluation of an adult with neurological impairments, plans appropriate treatment and writes a comprehensive case study.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 664L. Neurological Rehabilitation Lab I.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 664.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 665. Neurological Rehabilitation II.3 Credits.

This course is designed as a continuation of PT 644. Lecture and lab topics include PNF, vestibular evaluation and treatment, balance disorders and falls in the elderly. Upon completion of this course, the student performs a comprehensive examination and evaluation of an adult with a neurological diagnosis, develops a plan of care and documents the aforementioned through a comprehensive case study. Exams require students to synthesize knowledge gained from current and previous courses.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 665L. Neurological Rehabilitation Lab II.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 665.

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 666. Capstone I.2 Credits.

This is the first of a three-course series culminating in a project that will contribute to the body of knowledge in physical therapy. The goals for the capstone project are: 1) to identify the purpose of the project and write a detailed justification to include a thorough review of the literature (PT 666); 2) to develop a detailed description of the project (PT 666); 3) to implement the project (PT 676 & PT 767); and 4) to report on the project and disseminate the outcome (PT 767).

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 668. Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability.2 Credits.

The course addresses psychosocial dimensions of physical therapy interventions from therapist and client perspectives. Students practice clinical reasoning. Topics include: humanistic philosophy as part of psychological rehabilitation; physical/psychological variables that influence recovery; the clinical reasoning process of the therapeutic relationship and client-centered practice; psychological influences on rehabilitation and adaptation including stress and trauma; typical mental health conditions; behavioral management of difficult persons and situations including suicidality, abuse and mental illness; and sexuality and disability-intervention strategies.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 668L. Psychosocial Aspects of Physical Disability Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 668.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 671. Clinical Education I.4 Credits.

Students are assigned to a full-time, 10-week clinical internship, which provides an understanding of the continuum of care. Students are involved in evaluating, developing and implementing treatment for clients with various musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary dysfunctions. They continue to develop their professional and interpersonal skills through interactions with clients, families and other health professionals. Successful completion of this clinical experience is required for continuing in the program. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 675. Normal/Abnormal Gait.1 Credit.

This online course provides an overview of normal gait with an emphasis on kinematic and kinetic analysis of the gait cycle. Gait analysis techniques including motion analysis, dynamic electromyography, force plate recordings, and measurement of stride characteristics are presented. Physical therapy treatment approaches for patients with abnormal gait are introduced.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 676. Capstone II.1 Credit.

This is the second of a three-course series culminating in a project that will contribute to the body of knowledge in physical therapy. The goals for the capstone project are: 1) to identify the purpose of the project and write a detailed justification to include a thorough review of the literature (PT 666); 2) to develop a detailed description of the project (PT 666); 3) to implement the project (PT 676 & PT 767); and 4) to report on the project and disseminate the outcome (PT 767).

Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 677. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.2 Credits.

This course reviews the examination and treatment of patients with spinal cord injury. This area of neurological rehabilitation is covered in depth to provide the student with the necessary skills to thoroughly examine and treat patients with spinal cord injury throughout the continuum of care. Course consists of lecture and laboratory. Guest patients are incorporated into laboratory experiences.

Corequisites: Take PT 677L;
Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 677L. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 677.

Corequisites: Take PT 677;
Offered: Every year, Summer

PT 685. Evidence in Practice.2 Credits.

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to read, interpret and appraise the quality of various types of primary (intervention, prognosis and diagnosis studies) and secondary (systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines) research. Topics include psychometric properties of outcome measures, research design, hypothesis testing and ethics in research. Learning experiences include completion of online tutorials and assignments, and participation in student-led small group discussions of current evidence.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 688. Independent Study.1-3 Credits.

Students may choose to study a topic of particular interest which is directly related to clinical concentration. The student and program director develop a course design. A faculty member functions as both an instructor and mentor.

Offered: As needed

PT 730. Musculoskeletal III.3 Credits.

This course builds on information taught in Musculoskeletal I and II and is designed to allow student to use an evidence-based approach to appropriately evaluate and establish a treatment plan, including ergonomics, body mechanics, manipulation and kinesiology taping, for patients with various musculoskeletal conditions. The student is taught to generate an evidence-based diagnosis, prognosis and plan of care to treat physical therapy clients with musculoskeletal dysfunction of the spine, hip, knees, ankle, shoulder, elbow and temporomandibular joint.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 730L. Musculoskeletal III Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 730.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 736. Pediatric Rehabilitation.4 Credits.

This course presents information needed for the physical therapy student to complete a thorough examination and evaluation of a child with neurological and/or orthopedic diagnoses. Upon completion of the examination, students are able to generate an accurate diagnosis, prognosis and an appropriate plan of care for these patients. Relevant theory and practical learning experiences are provided for the student to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for applying an evidence-based physical therapy intervention strategy for the physical therapy plan of care.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 736L. Pediatric Rehabilitation Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 736.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 740. Prosthetics and Orthotics.2 Credits.

This course is the study of the examination and treatment of individuals with prosthetic and orthotic devices. The focus is on the lower extremity and gait. The course provides the students with the necessary skills to thoroughly examine and treat patients with lower extremity prosthetic or orthotic devices.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 740L. Prosthetics and Orthotics Lab.0 Credits.

Lab to accompany PT 740 Prosthetics and Orthotics.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 744. Physical Therapy Skills Elective.2 Credits.

This course is a required therapy skills course in which students can choose a section focusing on a specific area of concentration from one of the four main practice areas of physical therapy: neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary or integumentary. All sections of the course use the essential elements of PT practice as an organizing framework and incorporate the review and practical application of recent literature.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 759. PBL Advanced Clinical Decision-Making.3 Credits.

This course features small group, problem-based learning activities. The class includes discussions on integration of client information from the major areas of PT practice outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Students create ICF models, research and discuss cases, and generate evidence-based practice client-centered models of care.

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 767. Capstone III.2 Credits.

This is the third of a three-course series culminating in a project that will contribute to the body of knowledge in physical therapy. The goals for the capstone project are: 1) to identify the purpose of the project and write a detailed justification to include a thorough review of the literature (PT 666); 2) to develop a detailed description of the project (PT 666); 3) to implement the project (PT 676 & PT 767); and 4) to report on the project and disseminate the outcome (PT 767).

Offered: Every year, Fall

PT 781. Clinical Internship II.6 Credits.

This full-time clinical internship allows students to pursue in-depth practice in areas of interest and gain a variety of clinical experiences. Students practice learned skills in all aspects of care including specialty areas, varied settings including but not limited to acute care, neurological rehabilitation, pediatrics and advanced orthopedic physical therapy. Sequenced objectives ensure progression to entry-level skills and professional behaviors. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Offered: Every year, Spring

PT 782. Clinical Internship III.6 Credits.

This final full-time clinical experience is the culmination of the physical therapy program, and prepares students for practice as graduate physical therapists. Students are required to achieve entry-level proficiency in all aspects of practice in a wide variety of clinical settings, including but not limited to acute care, advanced orthopedics, neurological rehabilitation, and pediatric physical therapy. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.

Offered: Every year, Summer