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PT 700 Clinical Neuroscience
Provides an in-depth study of nervous system neurobiology and neuroplasty. Content emphasizes nervous system circuitry from, development through aging, and the major central and peripheral nervous system components of sensation, postural and motor control, learning, memory and emotion. Problem-based, patient-centered cases and interactive in-class activities, provide early linkages of content with and across courses. Study of brain, brain-stem, spinal cord models, vertebrae, skulls, and, when possible, wet brains, is incorporated to enhance understanding of course concepts. Offered fall semester only. (5)

PT 701 Applied Pathophysiology
Examines the effects of pathological and age-related changes of major organ systems on general health and human movement. Basic pharmacological principles and medical terminology are included in course content. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities and link the content across courses and to clinical practice. Offered fall semester only. (6)

PT 702 Health Care Delivery and Contemporary Society
Provides an overview of the demographic, social, economic, historical, and legislative forces affecting the profession of physical therapy and the delivery of health care in the United States. Cultural, sociological, educational, and ethical issues that influence roles and responsibilities of consumers and health professionals are emphasized. The process of enablement/disablement frameworks for clinical decision-making, professionalism, basic teaching and learning concepts, and ethical practice are analyzed. Offered fall semester only. (3)

PT 710 Gross Anatomy
Provides an in-depth study of the gross anatomical structures and kinesiological principles underlying movement of the neck, upper extremity, thorax, abdomen, lumbosacral region, lower extremity, head, and face. Problem-based, patient-centered cases from PT 711 provide linkages of content across courses. Laboratory work includes human cadaver dissection and use of prosected cadaver materials. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702. Corequisites: PT 711. (6)

PT 711 Foundations of Physical Therapy Examination, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
Includes fundamental patient care skills (safety, patient handling, transfers), basic kinesiology and muscle physiology as they relate to therapeutic exercise, and basic evaluation and treatment procedures. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities, and link content across courses and to clinical practice. One-half day per week is spent in supervised clinical practice. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702. Corequisites: PT 710. (6)

PT 712 Critical Assessment of Information
Prepares students to be able to locate appropriate primary and secondary physical therapy literature resources and to critically analyze the quality and applicability of these resources in answering clinical questions. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702. (3)

PT 713 Therapeutic and Scientific Principles of Exercise
Provides students with knowledge of how exercise has an acute and chronic effect on the cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. An emphasis is placed on the physiology of exercise in health and fitness, as well as within clinical populations. The benefits and use of exercise are explored across the spectrum of individuals and ages — from those with disease to those who are healthy. Special populations are reviewed with regard to exercise and fitness testing, prescription, and training in the context of physical therapy practice. Offered summer semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712. (3)
 
PT 714 Foundations of Physical Agents and Therapeutic Technologies in the Physical Therapist Practice
Provides a theoretical foundation and grounded rationale necessary for selection and application of physical agents and therapeutic technologies used in the physical therapist plan of care. Decision-making linking potential benefits and efficient resource management is emphasized. Offered summer semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-712. (2)

PT 720 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Peripheral Musculoskeletal Disorders
Focuses on the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders particularly affecting the appendicular skeleton. Emphasis is on outpatient rehabilitation to normalize movement and prevent injury recurrence. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities. The theory and practice of manual therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and progressive orthopedic rehabilitation are major components of the course. Students also participate in supervised clinical practice. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-714. Corequisite: PT 721. (5)

PT 721 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Spinal Musculoskeletal Disorders
Focuses on assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with vertebral joint dysfunction of the axial skeleton. The Maitland approach is emphasized. The laboratory activities focus on the safe and competent application of evaluation procedures and treatment interventions associated with the axial skeletal region, emphasizing orthopedic manual techniques. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-714. Corequisite: PT 720. (5)

PT 723 Research Principles and Design
Focuses on the development of the skills needed by physical therapists to effectively fulfill their role as participants in the research process. Students examine and analyze common research designs, methodologies, ethical considerations, and statistical procedures used to answer research questions related to physical therapy. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-714. (3)

PT 730 Evaluation and Management of Patients in Acute Care
Focuses on physical therapy management of patients with acute medical and surgical conditions, emphasizing physical therapy practice in the acute care hospital, subacute treatment center, and early phase home care. Long-term rehabilitation and preventative aspects of care of patients with cardiac, pulmonary and integumentary conditions, as well as, amputations are included. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-723 and PT 732. Corequisite: PT 731. (5)

PT 731 Clinical Application of Physical Therapy Management of Patients in Acute Care
Includes laboratory activities focusing on the safe and competent application of physical therapy examination procedures and treatment interventions associated with the content of PT 730. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities, as students participate in small-group tutorial sessions twice weekly. Students also participate in supervised clinical practice. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-723 PT 732. Corequisite: PT 730. (5)

PT 732 The Physical Therapist as a Manager
Applies concepts and principles of management in the delivery of physical therapy services to the individual patient, selected health care organizations, and the community. The student gains exposure to contemporary health care administration practices in representative segments of the health care industry and to the historical basis from which the current system evolved. The course also includes a quality assurance program, concepts of accountability, cost-effectiveness and efficacy of services, organizational behavior, marketing strategies, facility planning, and outcome assessment measurement and utilization. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-723, PT 732. (3)

PT 735 Physical Therapy and the Older Adult
Focuses on the identification and integration of personal and environmental contextual factors that affect the delivery of physical therapy services for older adult. Factors that impact clinical decision-making regarding the physical therapy management of older adults will be analyzed. Students examine, synthesize and apply all three components of evidence-based practice (best scientific evidence, patient preferences, and clinical expertise) in making informed clinical practice decisions aimed at optimal aging for older adults across the spectrum of fit to frail. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-723, PT 732. (3)

PT 740 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
Supports the development of proficiency in the physical therapy examination and management of adults with neurological dysfunction. Emphasis is on post-acute or rehab management of the patient, which typically occurs in a rehabilitation setting, long-term care facility/skilled nursing facility, home care environment, adult day care/community re-entry setting or outpatient physical therapy clinic. Utilization of a consistent framework for examining and evaluating patients and justification of intervention/evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout the course. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-735. Corequisite: PT 741. (5)

PT 741 Clinical Applications of Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
An applications and laboratory course focusing on safe and competent examination and treatment techniques used in the management of the adult or child patient with neurological dysfunction. The lecture component of this course follows the organization of PT 740. Visiting patients and clinical opportunities will allow students to apply knowledge and skills to actual patients. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723, PT 730-734. Corequisite: PT 740. (5)

PT 744 Case Report I: Foundations
Prepares students to engage in case report research: patient selection, clinical question development, literature review, data gathering, and outcomes reporting. This is a foundational course for PT 803 in which a comprehensive case report is prepared and disseminated. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-735. (2)

PT 745 Clinical Practice Synthesis
Prepares students as Doctors of Physical Therapy to serve the broad community as entry points to the health care system. The role of the physical therapist in primary care, prevention and wellness and participation in management of neuromusculoskelatal (NMS) health across an individual's lifespan are emphasized for this course. Screening for referral to other practitioners, identifying individuals at risk for disease or injury as a consequence of predisposing factors and/or lifestyle behaviors, and promoting health, fitness, and wellness among special populations are among the topics covered in this course. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-735. (3)

PT 756 Physical Therapy in Pediatrics
Focuses on the subspecialty of pediatrics in physical therapy. Students study normal development, tests and measures pathology, interventions, equipment, documentation, family centered care, natural environments, and legal concerns including IDEA and ADA in the context of physical therapy management of the pediatric patient. The ICF framework provides the basis for the examination and evaluation of children and justification for planning interventions. The use of an evidence-based approach is emphasized. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-735. (2)

PT 757 Leadership, Professional Development and Expert Practice
Focuses on leadership, professional development and expert practice, which reflects the continuum of development expected of Doctors of Physical Therapy on entry to professional practice. The purpose of this course is to guide transition of students into professional practice, leadership development, autonomous practice and the emerging role of the physical therapist as an entry-point to the health care system and practitioners of choice for neuromuscular health and wellness of individuals and communities across the lifespan is emphasized. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-746. (3).

PT 799 Independent Study
Allows physical therapy students to investigate — under the direction of a faculty member — a topic of interest, relevance, and importance to their own professional development as a physical therapist. Prerequisite: approval of department chair. (1-4)

PT 800 Clinical Practicum I
Provides 12 weeks of full-time supervised clinical education that takes place between the second and third academic years. This course provides in-depth exposure and hands-on experience in the clinical setting. The clinical sites include acute care medical centers, subacute centers, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics. Offered summer semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-735. (6)

PT 801 Clinical Practicum II
Provides 8 weeks of full-time supervised clinical education that takes place during the third academic year, after completion of the fall semester. This course builds on the knowledge and skills set gained from PT 800 and provides in-depth exposure and hands-on experience in the clinical setting. The clinical sites will include acute-care medical centers, subacute centers, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-746, PT 800. (4)

PT 802 Clinical Practicum III
Provides the final 12-weeks of full-time supervised clinical education experience that takes place at the end of the third academic year. This course provides in-depth exposure and hands-on experience in the clinical setting ensuring that the student is prepared for entry level physical therapy practice. Students may have the opportunity to develop areas of special interest, such as pediatrics in the school system, hand therapy, burns, or sports medicine. The clinical sites include acute-care medical centers, subacute centers, home health agencies, outpatient clinics, and specialized practice centers. Offered summer semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-757, PT 800, PT 801, PT 803. (6)

PT 803 Clinical Case Reports
Includes the preparation and dissemination of an individual patient case report that is ready for journal submission and is presented in both oral and poster formats following the Guidelines for Submitting Case Reports to PTJ. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-746 (3)