Doctor of Physical Therapy

Course Descriptions

First Year

Summer

Histology/General Pathology - PT-GE 2004
This course enables the student to know the microanatomical structure from the perspective of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; the basic tissue types, including epithelial, connective, muscular, and nervous tissues; and the basic concepts of cell and tissue injury and disease, including acute and chronic inflammation and the immune and autoimmune responses.

CPR/First Aid/Advanced Emergency Techniques - PT-GE 2030
This course provides the student with all of the skills necessary to take appropriate action in an emergency in any practice setting. Basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, and first aid and emergency preparedness are the content areas of this course. The course is designed to provide knowledge and skill in emergency techniques and in the application of appropriate action necessary to take care of the patient/client. 

Gross Human Anatomy - PT-GE 2120
This course provides the student with an overview of human anatomy of the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and circulatory systems. Anatomical models, computer programs, and cadaver specimens complement didactic classroom activities.

Professional Behavior -PT-GE 2281
This course provides the student with an appropriate understanding of the history of the profession, the professional association (American Physical Therapy Association), professionalism, individual and cultural differences, and what it means to be a professional Doctor of Physical Therapy.  The student is prepared to demonstrate professional behaviors in all interactions with patients, clients, families, caregivers, and other healthcare providers. 

Semester 1

The Physical Therapist as an Educator/Communicator - PT-GE 2020
This course enables the student to provide patient-related instruction; educate others using a variety of teaching methods that are commensurate with the needs and unique characteristics of the learner; provide consultative services using the physical therapist’s skills to individuals, businesses, schools, government agencies, or other organizations; expressively and receptively communicate with patients, clients, family, caregivers, practitioners, consumers, payers, and policy makers; and take responsibility for communication or discussion of diagnoses or clinical impressions with other practitioners.

Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems - PT-GE 2024
This course provides the student with knowledge of human anatomy and the principles of regulation of the function of the cardiac, vascular, and pulmonary systems as they pertain to the physical therapy profession. Anatomical models and specimens complement didactic classroom activities.

Lifespan Development - PT-GE 2209
This course provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of human development throughout the life cycle. The student is given the foundation upon which typical and atypical behavior may be compared.

Biophysical Agents I (Physical Agents and Mechanical Modalities) - PTGE-2215
This course will provide students with an understanding of electromagnetic and acoustic energy in commonly used physical agents, including hot packs, cold packs, paraffin, infrared, ultraviolet, diathermy, and ultrasound and mechanical principles of spinal traction, compression therapy, and mechanical devices such as standing tables. The basic principles of physics, physiological, and psychological effects of each modality will be discussed. The students will practice application of these modalities in supervised laboratory sessions. This course will also cover the fundamentals of aseptic techniques, infection control, and standard precautions. A problem-solving approach based on the International Classification of Function framework will be utilized throughout this course.

 Manual Techniques I – PTGE-2008
This course is the first in a series of two that will enable the student to have an in-depth understanding and “hands on experience” of manual techniques relevant to current clinical practice. The course focuses on soft-tissue-based manual techniques for evaluation and intervention in the following contexts: to modulate pain, to increase joint range of motion, reduce soft tissue inflammation, induce relaxation, improve contractile and non-contractile tissue extensibility. Specific techniques include massage, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and manual muscle testing. A problem-solving approach based on the International Classification of Function framework will be utilized throughout this course.

Exercise Physiology - PT-GE 2225
This course provides the student with knowledge of the physiological principles for understanding the response of the human body to exercise. The pulmonary, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and metabolic responses to exercise and their implications in physical therapy intervention are explored. Energy delivery, utilization, and regulation of the major physiological systems during rest and exercise are discussed. Normal and abnormal responses to exercise, and the effects of exercise training on body composition, deconditioning, and health status are explored. Appropriate measurements of physiological functions are incorporated in the course in the form of laboratory experiences.

Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Musculoskeletal System - PT-GE 2230
This course provides the student with knowledge of human anatomy and the principles of regulation of the function of the muscular and skeletal systems as they pertain to the physical therapy profession. Anatomical models and specimens complement didactic classroom activities

Semester 2

Manual Techniques II – PTGE-2009
This course is the second in a series of two manual techniques courses that will enable the student to have an in-depth understanding and “hands on experience” of manual techniques relevant to current clinical practice. The course focuses on joint-related manual techniques for evaluation and intervention in the following contexts: to modulate pain, to increase joint range of motion, reduce soft tissue inflammation, induce relaxation, to improve contractile and non-contractile tissue extensibility, and to improve muscle activation. The course also provides the student with an introduction to the assessment of motion, including goniometry. A problem-solving approach based on the International Classification of Function framework will be utilized throughout this course.

Clinical Sciences/Pathology/Imaging/Pharmacology of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems  -
PT-GE 2026
This course provides the student with an analysis of the etiology, pathology, and clinical sciences of cardiac, circulatory, and pulmonary diseases, disorders, and conditions. Clinical/laboratory assessment techniques, medical management, surgical management, imaging techniques, and pharmacological interventions are presented.

Kinesiology/Biomechanics/Ergonomics - PT-GE 2220
This course provides the student with knowledge of normal and abnormal human motion, including gait and posture. Macrophysiological, biomechanical, and ergonomic principles are defined and applied to static and dynamic movement. Once developed, basic concepts are applied to specific joints, the extremities, the trunk, and spine. This course also provides instruction in patient/client ambulatory care and transfers.

Principles of Exercise - PT-GE 2227
This course enables the student to know and to analyze the underlying principles of therapeutic exercise: motor training or retraining; flexibility; strength, including active, assistive, active resistive, manual resistive, plyometrics; breathing exercises, including ventilatory muscle training; aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning activities, using cycles, treadmills, steppers; aquatic exercises; posture; complementary techniques (Yogi, Tai Chi); relaxation exercises; and conditioning and reconditioning. The course also includes all types of exercise equipment, including free weights, weight training machines, elastic bands and tubes, stability balls, medicine balls, BAPTS, BOSU, foam rollers, slide boards, trampolines, pulleys, body blades, jump ropes, and aquatic equipment. The course also enables the student to provide exercise/programs for patients/clients across the lifespan.

Fitness Theory and Practice - PT-GE 2229
This course enables the student: to understand and analyze the theoretical and practical aspects of physical fitness; to evaluate, design, and implement fitness and conditioning programs; to understand health, safety, and injury prevention; to understand the importance of incorporating an active lifestyle as a health behavior; and to analyze the role of physical activity in preventing cardiovascular disease and promoting health and wellness. The course includes analysis of treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines, steppers and climbers, upper extremity ergometers, and rowers. The student will participate in fitness classes, aquatic classes, weight training classes, and aerobic conditioning activities.

Critical Inquiry and Clinical Decision Making I - PT-GE 2286
This course enables the student to utilize critical inquiry by applying the principles of the scientific method to read and interpret professional literature. Students apply the principles of clinical decision making in the delivery of patient or client care to include identification of the problem; collection and interpretation of date; formulation of hypothesis; acceptance or rejection of hypothesis; determination of clinical decision; deliberate action; and reevaluation of actions. The final outcome of this course is a review of the literature.

Summer

Clinical Affiliation I - PT-GE 2450 (Full Time/6 Weeks)

This clinical experience presents the student with the opportunity to: participate in clinical affiliations; enhance knowledge, values, and skills as a practitioner; and integrate and apply course work in the clinical setting.

Second Year

Semester 3

Clinical Sciences/Pathology/Imaging/Pharmacology of the Musculoskeletal Systems - PT-GE 2231
This course provides the student with an analysis of the etiology, pathology, and clinical sciences of muscular and skeletal diseases, disorders, and conditions. Clinical/laboratory assessment techniques, medical management, surgical management, imaging techniques, and pharmacological interventions are presented.

Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Neuromuscular System - PT-GE 2232
This course provides the student with knowledge of human anatomy and the principles of regulation of the function of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems and their relationship to the muscular system as they pertain to the physical therapy profession. Anatomical models and specimens complement didactic classroom activities.

Physical Therapy Examination of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems - PT-GE 2250
This course enables the student to independently examine and reexamine a patient or client with cardiovascular and pulmonary problems by obtaining a pertinent history from the patient or client and from other relevant sources, by performing relevant systems review, and by selecting appropriate age-related tests and measures. The student will be able to synthesize examination data to complete the physical therapy evaluation and engage in the diagnostic process.

Physical Therapy Examination of the Musculoskeletal System - PT-GE 2251
This course enables the student to independently examine and reexamine a patient or client with musculoskeletal problems by obtaining a pertinent history from the patient or client and from other relevant sources, by performing relevant systems review, and by selecting appropriate age-related tests and measures. The student will be able to synthesize examination data to complete the physical therapy evaluation and engage in the diagnostic process.

Critical Inquiry and Clinical Decision Making II - PT-GE 2287
This course provides the student with an appropriate understanding of the design and implementation of decision-making guidelines in order to utilize outcome effectiveness and efficiency studies to establish, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of patient or client protocols. The student will use a case report as a vehicle for identifying clinical problems, assessing measuring devices, and collecting and interpreting data to aid in clinical decision-making. 

Clinical Observation I - PT-GE 2455 (1 Day/Week)
This experience enables the student to observe a master clinician for the purpose of seeing and analyzing excellent clinical performance skills (cardiovascular/pulmonary and musculoskeletal) of an experienced practitioner in a specialized clinical setting. Students observe master clinicians in small groups that enable collaborative learning amongst the participants.

Semester 4

Biophysical Agents II (Electrotherapeutic Modalities) - PT-GE 2218
This course provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of electrotherapeutic modalities, including alternating, direct, and pulsed current (e.g. high voltage pulsed current stimulation, interferential current); neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES); functional electrical stimulation (FES) for improving posture or movement; transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS); iontophoresis, electrical muscle stimulation; and biofeedback in order to modulate or decrease pain; reduce or eliminate soft tissue inflammation caused by musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, peripheral vascular, or integumentary injury, disease, developmental delay, or surgery.  This course is designed to prepare students to select, apply, integrate and critically evaluate the use, limitations, indications, and contraindications of electrotherapeutic modalities and electrophysiological tests.

Assistive Technology (Assistive, Adaptive, Orthotic, Protective, Supportive, and Prosthetic Devices and Equipment) - PT-GE 2219
This course enables the student to: understand the physical properties and biomechanical principles of devices and equipment; to prescribe, apply, and fabricate as appropriate adaptive, orthotic, protective, supportive, and prosthetic devices and equipment for ADL and IADL; to analyze their use during ADL and IADL; and to evaluate the limitations and indications/contra indications of devices and equipment.  The course enables the student to practice fabricating adaptive, supportive, and protective devices.

Clinical Sciences/Pathology/Imaging/Pharmacology of the Neuromuscular System - PT-GE 2242
This course provides the student with an analysis of the etiology, pathology, and clinical sciences of neuromuscular diseases, disorders, and conditions. Clinical/laboratory assessment techniques, medical management, surgical management, imaging techniques, and pharmacological interventions are presented.

Physical Therapy Interventions/ Prevention Programs/ Wellness Programs for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems - PT-GE 2260
This course enables the student to establish for patients/clients with cardiovascular/pulmonary diseases, disorders, or conditions: a safe and effective plan of care; goals and functional outcomes that specify expected times and duration; achievable patient or client outcomes within available resources; and means of monitoring and adjusting the plan of care in response to patient/client status. The course also enables the student to: provide direct physical therapy interventions to achieve patient/client outcomes based on the examination and the impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities; promote optimal health by providing information on prevention, wellness, and fitness; know the health risks related to age, gender, culture, and lifestyle; and provide primary, secondary, or tertiary care to patients in collaboration with other practitioners in settings supportive of comprehensive and complex services.

Physical Therapy Interventions/Prevention Programs/Wellness Programs for the Musculoskeletal System - PT-GE 2261
This course enables the student to establish for patients/clients with musculoskeletal diseases, disorders, or conditions: a safe and effective plan of care; goals and functional outcomes that specify expected times and duration; achievable patient or client outcomes within available resources; and means of monitoring and adjusting the plan of care in response to patient/client status. The course also enables the student to: provide direct physical therapy interventions to achieve patient/client outcomes based on the examination and the impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities; promote optimal health by providing information on prevention, wellness, and fitness; know the health risks related to age, gender, culture, and lifestyle; and provide primary, secondary, or tertiary care to patients in collaboration with other practitioners in settings supportive of comprehensive and complex services.

Clinical Observation II - PT-GE 2456 (1 Day/Week)
This experience enables the student to observe a master clinician for the purpose of observing excellent clinical performance skills (cardiovascular/pulmonary and musculoskeletal) of an experienced practitioner in a specialized clinical setting. Students observe master clinicians in small groups that enable collaborative learning amongst the participants.

Summer:

Clinical Affiliation II - PT-GE 2451 (Full Time/8 Weeks)
This clinical experience presents students with the opportunity to: participate in clinical affiliations; enhance knowledge, values, and skills as a practitioner; and integrate and apply course work in the clinical setting.

Third Year

Semester 5

Applied Anatomy and Physiology of the Genito-urinary, Integumentary, Endocrine, Immune, and Gastrointestinal Systems - PT-GE 2233
This course provides the student with knowledge of human anatomy and the principles of regulation of function of the genito-urinary, integumentary, endocrine, immune, and gastrointestinal systems as they pertain to the physical therapy profession. Anatomical models and specimens complement didactic classroom activities.

Clinical Sciences/Pathology/Imaging/Pharmacology of the Genito-urinary, Integumentary, Endocrine, Immune, and Gastrointestinal Systems - PT-GE 2243
This course provides the student with an analysis of the etiology, pathology, and clinical sciences of genito-urinary, integumentary, endocrine, immune, and gastrointestinal (herein other systems) diseases, disorders, and conditions. Clinical/laboratory assessment techniques, medical management, surgical management, imaging techniques, and pharmacological interventions are presented.

Physical Therapy Examination of the Neuromuscular System - PT-GE 2252
This course enables the student to independently examine and reexamine a patient or client with neuromuscular problems by obtaining a pertinent history from the patient or client and from other relevant sources, by performing relevant systems review, and by selecting appropriate age-related tests and measures. The student will be able to synthesize examination data to complete the physical therapy evaluation and engage in the diagnostic process.

Physical Therapy Examination of the Genito-urinary, Integumentary, Endocrine, Immune, and Gastrointestinal and Systems - PT-GE 2253
This course enables the student to independently examine and reexamine a patient or client with genito-urinary, integumentary, endocrine, immune, and gastrointestinal problems by obtaining a pertinent history from the patient or client and from other relevant sources, by performing relevant systems review, and by selecting appropriate age-related tests and measures. The student will be able to synthesize examination data to complete the physical therapy evaluation and engage in the diagnostic process.

Critical Inquiry and Clinical Decision Making II - PT-GE 2287
This course provides the student with an appropriate understanding of the design and implementation of decision-making guidelines in order to utilize outcome effectiveness and efficiency studies to establish, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of patient or client protocols. The student will use a case report as a vehicle for identifying clinical problems, assessing measuring devices, and collecting and interpreting data to aid in clinical decision-making. 

Clinical Observation III - PT-GE 2457 (1 Day/Week)
This experience enables the student to observe a master clinician for the purpose of observing excellent clinical performance skills (neuromuscular, genito-urinary, integumentary, endocrine, immune, and gastrointestinal) of an experienced practitioner in a specialized clinical setting. Students observe master clinicians in small groups that enable collaborative learning amongst the participants.

Semester 6

The Physical Therapist as an Administrator, Delegator, Manager, Consultant - PT-GE 2019
This course provides the student with: an understanding of the management of human and material resources and services to provide quality, efficient, and cost-effective physical therapy services based on patient’s or client’s goals; the ability to interact with patients, clients, family members, other health care providers, and community-based organizations for the purpose of coordinating activities to facilitate efficient and effective patient or client care; an understanding of how to delegate physical therapy-related services to appropriate human resources; an understanding of how to supervise and manage support personnel to whom tasks have been delegated; and the ability to participate in management, budgeting, billing, and reimbursement activities.

Physical Therapy Interventions/Prevention Programs/Wellness Programs for the Neuromuscular System - PT-GE 2262
This course enables the student to establish for patients/clients with neuromuscular diseases, disorders, or conditions: a safe and effective plan of care; goals and functional outcomes that specify expected times and duration; achievable patient or client outcomes within available resources; and a means for monitoring and adjusting the plan of care in response to patient/client status. The course also enables the student to: provide direct physical therapy interventions to achieve patient/client outcomes based on the examination and the impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities; promote optimal health by providing information on prevention, wellness, and fitness; know the health risks related to age, gender, culture, and lifestyle; and provide primary, secondary, or tertiary care to patients in collaboration with other practitioners in settings supportive of comprehensive and complex services.

Physical Therapy Interventions/Prevention Programs/Wellness Programs for the Genito-urinary, Integumentary, Endocrine, Immune, and Gastrointestinal Systems - PT-GE 2263
This course enables the student to establish for patients/clients with genito-urinary, integumentary, endocrine, immune, and gastrointestinal (herein referred to as other) diseases, disorders, or conditions: a safe and effective plan of care; goals and functional outcomes that specify expected times and duration; achievable patient or client outcomes within available resources; and a means for monitoring and adjusting the plan of care in response to patient/client status. The course also enables the student to: provide direct physical therapy interventions to achieve patient/client outcomes based on the examination and the impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities; promote optimal health by providing information on prevention, wellness, and fitness; know the health risks related to age, gender, culture, and lifestyle; and provide primary, secondary, or tertiary care to patients in collaboration with other practitioners in settings supportive of comprehensive and complex services.

Business Practices, Reimbursement, Marketing, Technology, and Management of Care Delivery Systems - PT-GE 2295
This course enables the student to implement marketing plans and related public relations activities; understand major reimbursement guidelines; know how to reflect patient or client care activities in all billing; apply time management principles to patient or client treatment scheduling; understand and exhibit responsibility for practicing within the guidelines of third-party payers; understand medical delivery systems, healthcare policy, and legislation in the United States; and understand the on-going requirements of running a professional business including accounting, billing, coding, accounts payable, and risk management. The course also provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of the impact of case management, quality assurance, productivity, and the use of computer information and technology systems as they relate to managing a business or practice.

Critical Inquiry and Clinical Decision Making III - PT-GE 2288
This course enables the student to integrate knowledge in physical therapy with statistics and research design to critically analyze current physical therapy literature. Each student will develop a research plan with a given topic.

Clinical Observation IV - PT-GE 2458 (1 Day/Week)
This experience enables the student to observe a master clinician for the purpose of learning excellent clinical performance skills (neuromuscular, genito-urinary, integumentary, endocrine, immune, and gastrointestinal) of an experienced practitioner in a specialized clinical setting. Students observe master clinicians in small groups that enable collaborative learning amongst the participants.

Summer

Clinical Affiliation III - PT-GE 2452
This clinical experience presents students with the opportunity to: participate in clinical affiliations; enhance knowledge, values, and skills as a practitioner; and integrate and apply course work in the clinical setting.