Wayne State University

Courses offered - Physical Therapy

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PT 5010 Clinical Applications I

Prereq. or coreq: PT 5320, PT 5020. Offered for S and U grades only.

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.

PT 5020 (WI) Foundations of Physical Therapy

Prereq: admission to professional curriculum.

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.

PT 5030 Basic Patient Care in Physical Therapy

Prereq: Admission to Physical Therapy Program (D.P.T.).

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.

PT 5070 Clinical Applications II

Offered for S and U grades only. Prereq. or coreq: PT 5010.

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.

PT 5100 Therapeutic Exercise I

Prereq: PT 5430 and PT 5500.

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.

PT 5120 Human Growth and Development

Prereq: PT 5020.

Theories and basic principles in prenatal, physical, sensorimotor, perceptual, cognitive, social, emotional and language growth and development. Implications for physical therapy evaluation and treatment of children with developmental disabilities.

PT 5300 Surface Anatomy

Coreq: PT 5200 and PT 5210.

Laboratory-based course teaching skills for soft tissue palpation, identification of surface anatomy landmarks, soft tissue mobilization and massage.

PT 5320 Basic Examination and Evaluation Procedures

Prereq. or coreq: PT 5200, PT 5300, PT 5400 and PT 5500.

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.

PT 5400 Neurosciences for Health Care Professionals

Open only to students admitted to EACPHS professional program.

Study of the human central nervous system; emphasis on sensory and motor systems and structures that contribute to normal movement.

PT 5430 Clinical Medicine

Disease processes, and medical and surgical interventions. Role of physical therapy as part of comprehensive multi-disciplinary health care team.

PT 5500 Kinesiology and Biomechanics

Prereq: PT 5200, PT 5210 and PT 5400.

Normal movement and biomechanics applied to the human body.

PT 5505 Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy

Prereq: admission to Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy professional program; coreq: PT 5510 or OT 5510.

Knowledge of basic human anatomy for students in health science professional programs; foundation for further study in clinical sciences.

PT 5510 Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy: Laboratory

Prereq: admission to professional OT program; coreq: OT 5505 or PT 5505.

Examination of prosections, dissection of human cadavers; didactic study.

PT 5650 Pathophysiology for Health Sciences

Prereq: admission to Physical Therapy program.

Fundamental knowledge of the nature of disease for the health sciences student; physiologic and morphologic changes accompanying disease processes; mechanisms of repair and recovery.

PT 5660 Pathokinesiology

Prereq: PT 5500.

Continuation of P T 5500 designed to teach the biomechanical and kinesiological principles of human movement as related to anatomical and neuroanatomical structure. Analysis of pathological motion and pathokinesiology of selected joints will be included.

PT 5800 Clinical Education I

Prereq: PT 7120 or PT 7220. Offered for S and U grades only.

Full-time supervised clinical experience for physical therapy students. Six-week experience. First in a two-course clinical education sequence.

PT 5820 Clinical Education II

Offered for S and U grades only. Prereq: PT 5800.

Full-time supervised clinical experience for physical therapy students. Six-week experience. Second in a two-course clinical education sequence.

PT 6100 Therapeutic Exercise II

Prereq: PT 5100.

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.

PT 6200 Diversity, Ethics and Legal Issues in Health Care

Prereq: PT 5120.

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.

PT 6300 Research I: Critical Thinking

Prereq: admission to DPT or tDPT program. Transitional DPT students must elect three credits; transitional course is Web-based.

Introduction to evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning and decision making. Identification, location, critique and analysis of evidence. Evidence-based case report appropriate for publication required, if elected for three credits.

PT 6310 Physiology of Exercise II

Prereq: KIN 3570.

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.

PT 6400 Teaching and Learning in Health Care

Prereq: admission to DPT or tDPT program. Transitional DPT students must elect three credits; transitional course is Web-based.

Exploration of theoretical and practical issues pertinent to physical therapy profession: educational methods, adult learning theories, instructional design methodologies, evaluation, instructional management. Additional project required if elected for three credits.

PT 6500 Pharmacology

Prereq: PT 5430 and PT 7400.

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.

PT 6700 Motor Learning and Motor Control

Prereq: PT 5400; or admission to DPT or tDPT program. Transitional DPT students must elect three credits; transitional course is Web-based.

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.

PT 6750 Seminar: Complementary and Alternative Health Care

Prereq: PT 5430 and PT 5650.

Physical, psychological, and nutritional approaches relevant to practice of physical therapy. Seminar course.

PT 7000 Therapeutic Modalities

Prereq: PT 5430 and PT 5660.

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.

PT 7100 Management of Patients with Orthopedic Conditions I

Prereq: PT 5320, PT 5500; prereq. or coreq: PT 5100.

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.

PT 7120 Management of Patients with Orthopedic Conditions II

Prereq: PT 7100.

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.

PT 7200 Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders I

Prereq: PT 5400 and PT 6700.

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.

PT 7220 Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders II

Prereq: PT 7200.

Theory, principles and application of the neurophysiological approach to evaluation and treatment. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuro development treatment, sensory integration, and sensory-motor approaches.

PT 7300 Orthotics and Prosthetics

Prereq: PT 5100.

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.

PT 7320 Rehabilitation Procedures

Prereq. or coreq: PT 7200 and PT 7300.

Theoretical issues and treatment of patients with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, problems of aging, and chronic neuromuscular conditions.

PT 7400 Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

Prereq: PT 5100, PT 5430 and PT 6310.

Physiology and pathophysiology of disorders of the cardiac and pulmonary systems. Evaluation and treatment of cardiopulmonary disorders.

PT 7600 Physical Therapy for Medical and Surgical Conditions

Prereq: PT 5650 and PT 5430.

Management of patients with complex problems including medical and surgical conditions seen in acute care hospital settings.

PT 7700 Research II: Design & Methodology

Prereq: PT 6300.

Introduction to basic principles of research theory, design, and methodology for physical therapy. Biostatistics and analysis of scientific literature relevant to physical therapy.

PT 7720 Research III: Data Analysis and Interpretation

Prereq: PT 7700.

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.

PT 7740 Research IV: Research Practicum

Prereq: PT 6300, PT 7700, PT 7720.

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.

PT 7990 Directed Study

Prereq: PT 5100.

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.

PT 8000 Therapeutic Management of Pediatric Populations

Prereq: PT 5120 and PT 7220.

Principles and application of the elements of physical therapy practice in the management of pediatric populations.

PT 8110 Geriatrics

Prereq: Admission to Physical Therapy Program (DPT).

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.

PT 8170 Professional Development and Reflective Practice

Prereq: admission to DPT or tDPT program.

Exploration of novice vs. expert practice in physical therapy; role of reflection in developing professional skills and behaviors. Current professional and legal issues in provision of physical therapy services. Web-based course.

PT 8200 Management in Physical Therapy Practice

Prereq: admission to physical therapy program.

Overview of health care systems; financing and administration of physical therapy services within various health care systems.

PT 8300 Differential Diagnosis for Health Sciences

Prereq: admission to DPT or tDPT program.

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.

PT 8400 Diagnostic Procedures for Health Sciences

Prereq: PT 5650, PT 5430; or admission to DPT program or transitional DPT program. Transitional DPT students must elect three credits; transitional course is Web-based.

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.

PT 8500 Clinical Decision Making

Prereq: PT 8300.

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.

PT 8600 Health Promotion and Wellness

Prereq: PT 5100 and PT 7400.

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.

PT 8800 Clinical Internship I

Prereq: satisfactory completion of all professional didactic and clinical courses. Offered for S and U grades only.

Final full-time supervised clinical experiences for physical therapy students. First of two-course series.

PT 8820 Clinical Internship II

Prereq. or coreq: PT 8800. Offered for S and U grades only.

Full-time supervised clinical internship. Continuation of P T 8800.

PT 8850 Clinical Practicum

Prereq: admission to transitional DPT program and written consent of instructor.

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.