Courses offered - Physical Therapy
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First part-time supervised clinical experience for physical therapy students. Orientation to clinical education; practice to develop professional behaviors, observation skills, communication, basic examination and intervention. Two half-days per week in seven-week term.
Sociological and historical background of the PT profession. Professional behavior, patient care interaction and medical terminology. Basic physical therapy care procedures, documentation, patient education, care in medical emergencies.
Introduction to the basic skills necessary for patient care and provide a foundation to the theory and practice of basic patient care procedures for the Physical Therapist.
Second part-time supervised clinical experience for physical therapy students. Orientation to clinical education including basic and intermediate examination and intervention skills, professional behavior, communication, documentation.
Foundational course designed to focus on the principles and techniques of therapeutic exercise for patients with pathological conditions to the neuromusculoskeletal system. Students will develop and administer treatment plans for specific patient problems and progress treatment plans based on patient condition and response to treatment.
Laboratory-based course teaching skills for soft tissue palpation, identification of surface anatomy landmarks, soft tissue mobilization and massage.
Lecture and laboratory experience focusing on principles and procedures of foundational medical screening, physical therapy differentiation, and clinical reasoning and decision-making skills; basic principles and techniques for posture, integumentary, neurological, range of motion, and strength examination and evaluation, documenting progress and outcome, and the continued development of patient care skills.
Study of the human central nervous system; emphasis on sensory and motor systems and structures that contribute to normal movement.
Disease processes, and medical and surgical interventions. Role of physical therapy as part of comprehensive multi-disciplinary health care team.
Normal movement and biomechanics applied to the human body.
Knowledge of basic human anatomy for students in health science professional programs; foundation for further study in clinical sciences.
Examination of prosections, dissection of human cadavers; didactic study.
Fundamental knowledge of the nature of disease for the health sciences student; physiologic and morphologic changes accompanying disease processes; mechanisms of repair and recovery.
Advanced application of principles and techniques of therapeutic exercise; evaluation and modification of therapeutic exercise plan of care, based on physical and functional responses and characteristics of patients or clients.
Impact of diversity and legal practice standards, including federal, state, and institutional regulations related to patient care and fiscal management of health care practice. Issues in cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, cultural competence, ethics, and ethical decision making in personal, professional, and societal contexts. Self-analysis of personal attitudes, values, and beliefs.
Metabolic, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory adjustments to acute and chronic exercise in health and disease, including body composition and weight control, nutritional considerations, and the effects of different environments on exercise performance.
Effects of drug distribution, absorption and excretion as pertaining to physical therapy. Major drug categories, OTC, and nutritional supplements, pertinent to acute and chronic responses to physical therapy; indications, mechanisms, effects.
Current theories and concepts in processes of motor skill acquisition and performance, from a behavioral objective. Additional evidence-based case reports required if elected for three credits.
Physical, psychological, and nutritional approaches relevant to practice of physical therapy. Seminar course.
Lecture and laboratory experiences focusing on principles and procedures for using physical agents and spinal traction. Tissue inflammation and repair, pain, superficial and deep heat, cryotherapy, electrotherapy, and spinal traction included. Integumentary evaluation and wound management.
Lecture and laboratory experience focusing on knowledge, principles, clinical reasoning and decision making skills, examination and evaluation procedures, and interventions required for managing patients with impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities due to musculoskeletal pathologies of the extremity joints across the life span, and the continued development of patient care skills.
Lecture and laboratory experience focusing on knowledge, principles, clinical reasoning and decision making skills, examination and evaluation procedures, and interventions required for managing patients with impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities due to musculoskeletal pathologies of the spinal column and extremity joints across the life span, and the continued development of patient care skills.
Basic principles and techniques of assessing problems associated with neurological disorders including postural tone, sensation, superficial and developmental reflexes, quality of movement, perceptual-motor skills and functional mobility.
Theory, principles and application of the neurophysiological approach to evaluation and treatment. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuro development treatment, sensory integration, and sensory-motor approaches.
Principles and techniques of prosthetic and orthotic function, component selection and application, use and training. Upper and lower extremity devices, and spinal devices, wheelchairs, ambulatory aids, assistive devices and environmental control systems. Advanced gait and movement biomechanics and evaluation.
Theoretical issues and treatment of patients with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, problems of aging, and chronic neuromuscular conditions.
Physiology and pathophysiology of disorders of the cardiac and pulmonary systems. Evaluation and treatment of cardiopulmonary disorders.
Management of patients with complex problems including medical and surgical conditions seen in acute care hospital settings.
Introduction to basic principles of research theory, design, and methodology for physical therapy. Biostatistics and analysis of scientific literature relevant to physical therapy.
Basic principles of research design as it relates to the theory and practice of physical therapy Students will analyze relevant scientific literature, design, develop and implement a research project, and learn basic computer skills in utilizing a statistical analysis program.
Basic principles of research design as it relates to the theory and practice of physical therapy. Students will develop and implement a research project and present the results in several formats.
Independent study: critical analysis or review of new or unique topics in health care; or physical therapy role, approach, methodology, techniques or scientific rational for professional practice. Oral and written presentation required. Elective.
Principles and application of the elements of physical therapy practice in the management of pediatric populations.
Theories and basic principles of physical, sensorimotor, perceptual, cognitive, social, emotional, and language changes during the aging process. Emphasis is placed on the how the aging process impacts functional independence and contributions from all body systems. Implications for physical therapy evaluation and treatment for the aging population are examined.
Overview of health care systems; financing and administration of physical therapy services within various health care systems.
Principles and procedures designed to facilitate the integration of previously-introduced examination and evaluation skills, in order to perform differential diagnosis for primary care practice.
Medical diagnostic procedures and application of results as related to provision of physical therapy health services, including diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests. Additional project required if elected for three credits.
Integration of didactic and clinical knowledge in development of diagnostic prognostic skills in physical therapy; focus on refining competencies in peer referral across health care disciplines; development of strategies for clinical decision making.
Dimensions of health promotion and wellness, including implementation strategies for different populations. Analysis of physical, emotional and cost benefits. Identification of needs and development of practice plan for groups and individuals.
Final full-time supervised clinical experiences for physical therapy students. First of two-course series.
Full-time supervised clinical internship. Continuation of P T 8800.
Monitored clinical practice in a focused area of physical therapy practice. Focus may include: administration and management, cardiopulmonary, neurology, orthopedics, integumentary care, pediatrics, and teaching.