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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2014-2015

PHYSICAL THERAPY (PT)

PT 499     Senior Honors Project - (H, W)    3-6 cr   

Under the advice and guidance of a faculty mentor, honors students will identify and carry out a research project relevant to the field of physical therapy study that will lead to a formal presentation at the annual Honors Student Colloquium. The senior project will be judged and graded by three faculty members chaired by the honors mentor. This course is required for Honors recognition and may be repeated for up to six credit hours. Pre-requisites: Permission of the department chair and completion of an approved project prospectus.   

PT 600    Human Anatomy I     3 cr    

A comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the superficial back, upper extremities, head, neck, and face. The laboratory consists of a dissection of the human body. Prosected material, skeleton models and diagnostic imaging will be introduced for each area of dissection. Special fee.    

PT 601    Human Anatomy II     3 cr   

A continuation of PT 600 with a comprehensive study of human anatomy concentrating on the nervous, skeletal, arthrodial, muscular and circulatory systems of the deep back, trunk, pelvis and lower extremity. The laboratory consists of a dissection of the aforementioned parts of the human body. Prosected material, skeleton models and diagnostic imaging will be introduced for each area of dissection. Special fee. Pre-requisite: PT 600.    

PT 602    Life Span Human Development     2 cr    

A study of the process of typical human development and aging across the life span, including neuromotor development in childhood and changes associated with aging. Pre-requisite: PT 682.    

PT 603    Neuroscience in Physical Therapy     3 cr   

A survey of the structure and function of the nervous system, with emphasis on principles related to physical therapy practice. Includes laboratory study of anatomic specimens. Pre-requisites: PT 601 and PT 682. Special Fee.    

PT 604    Pathophysiology I     2 cr   

A physiological approach to the study of pathological changes in the human body brought about by trauma or disease including cell injury, inflammation, immunopathology, neoplasia, infections, and the musculoskeletal and endocrine systems. Pre-requisite: PT 601.    

PT 605    Human Learning and Patient Education     1 cr    

The principles of human learning as they relate to physical therapy evaluation and intervention, with special emphasis on the role of patient education in the management of various clinical disorders. Pre-requisites: PT 673 and PT 687.    

PT 606    Pharmacology in Rehabilitation     2 cr   

A study of pharmacological principles in relation to rehabilitation, with emphasis on the possible benefits and side-effects of chemotherapeutic agents on patients receiving physical therapy treatment. Pre-requisites: PT 607 and PT 682.    
PT 607     Pathophysiology II     2 cr    
A physiological approach to the study of pathological changes in the human body brought about by trauma or disease including vascular, hematopoietic, nutritional, neurologic, urogenital, GI and hepatobiliary systems. Pre-requisite: PT 604.    

PT 610    Principles of Research     2 cr   

An introduction to research concepts and methods, critical analysis of the scientific literature, application of statistical methods and research designs, and basic scientific writing skills.    

PT 611    Research Proposal Development     2 cr    

The application of research concepts and methods in the preparation of a proposal for a team research project including preparation of the proposal for presentation in written and seminar formats. Pre-requisite: PT 610.    

PT 612    Research Project     2 cr   

The undertaking of a team research project, including analysis and preparation of the research results for presentation in paper and poster formats. Pre-requisite: PT 611. Special fee.    

PT 613    Clinical Case Report    2 cr    

This course allows the student to develop a clinical case report based on a patient the student has treated during a full-time internship, an administrative/education process or a clinical risk management situation. An in-depth analysis of research from recent publications related to the case is required. the student will prepare a written case report and a presentation in seminar format.   

PT 614    Measurement in PT     1 cr    

A course exploring theoretical aspects of measurement and the role of measurement in physical therapy. Pre-requisite: PT 610.    

PT 620    Clinical Kinesiology     3 cr    

A study of human movement as it relates to clinical physical therapy practice with an emphasis on biomechanical principles of movement and surface anatomy palpation of the musculoskeletal system. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisite: PT 601.    

PT 621    Introductory PT Skills     4 cr    

An introduction to the principles and techniques of patient care utilized in physical therapy practice. These basic therapeutic skills include, but are not limited to, positioning, draping, patient transfers, assistive gait devices, wheelchair use and basic examination. Techniques including goniometry, muscle strength and length testing, surface palpation, massage and soft tissue mobilization are presented. Includes laboratory study.    

PT 622    Exercise Physiology     4 cr    

A study of the effect of physical activity on human physiology with an emphasis on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and endocrine systems. Modes of exercise, environmental considerations, and selected clinical populations are also covered in this course. Includes laboratory study.   

PT 625    Therapeutic Intervention     4 cr   

A study of specific techniques of therapeutic intervention in physical therapy practice including electrophysical agents and manual therapy techniques. The electrophysical agents unit will include the physical principles, physiological effects, therapeutic uses and clinical application of thermal, mechanical, electrical and photic energy. The manual intervention unit will include manual therapy techniques including soft tissue massage. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisites: PT 621 and PT 622. Special fee.   

PT 626    Health Promotion and Prevention in PT    1 cr   

A course to focus on prevention of impairments, functional limitations or disabilities by identifying disablement risk factors and providing educational intervention to facilitate a positive change in the health behavior of patients. Pre-requisite: PT 622.    

PT 627    Medical Screening     2 cr    

A course focusing on the use of screening tests and clinical tools to enhance the therapist's role as an independent practitioner with the ability to identify medical conditions of concern that require referral to a physician. Pre-requisite: PT 607.    

PT 628    Mobility, Orthotics and Prosthetics     2 cr    

The study of human functional mobility, including pathological aspects of locomotion. The course will also address related topics including prosthetics and orthotics. Pre-requisites: PT 620 and PT 682.    

PT 631     PT in Musculoskeletal Disorders I     4 cr    
Etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the upper extremities. Includes the fundamentals, principles and practice of therapeutic exercise. Includes laboratory study, Pre-requisite: PT 601.    
PT 632     PT in Musculoskeletal Disorders II     3 cr    
A continuation of PT 631 that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the lower extremities. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisite: PT 631.    
PT 633     PT in Musculoskeletal Disorders III     4 cr    
A continuation of PT 632 that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the lumbar spine and pelvis. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisites: PT 632 and PT 682.    
PT 634     PT in Musculoskeletal Disorders IV     3 cr    
A continuation of PT 633 that includes etiology, diagnostic procedures and radiography, medical management, physical therapy evaluation, treatment and intervention of selected musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the cervical and thoracic spine. (TMJ). Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisite: PT 633.    
PT 635     PT in Musculoskeletal Disorders V     2 cr    
Special topics in the management of musculoskeletal conditions - including ergonomics, sports medicine and musculoskeletal issues in obstetrics and gynecology. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisite: PT 634.    
PT 640    Neuromuscular PT Examination/Evaluation     4 cr    

This course is a study of the principles and concepts of normal human movement and physical therapy examination in patients with diseases of the neuromuscular systems across the lifespan. The clinical decision-making essential in the evaluation of examination data is presented including prioritization of patient problems and formulation of functional goals and general PT plan of care. Specific components of the course include patient/client history, systems review, and tests and measurements, problem list development, and writing patient goals. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisites: PT 602 and PT 603.    

PT 641    Pediatrics Neuromuscular PT    2 cr    
Examination/Evaluation    

This course prepares the student to provide services to children with special health care needs/disabilities and their families in a manner consistent with family-centered care; includes patient/family history, systems review, and tests and measurement, and opportunities for clinical decision-making and establishing a plan of care based on examination data on prognosis for a wide variety of diseases of pediatric diseases, conditions, and syndromes impacting typical development. Review of pediatric practice settings and legislation, medical management, pharmacologic treatment, radiographic imaging and other diagnostic testing related to neuromuscular disorders and developmental delay are included. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisite: PT 640.    

PT 642    Neuromuscular PT Intervention     4 cr    

A course to follow PT 640 and PT 641 with added emphasis on principles and concepts of physical therapy intervention in patients with disorders of the neuromuscular systems. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisite: PT 641.    

PT 650    PT in Integumentary Disorders    4 cr    

A study of the practice of physical therapy in management of skin disorders and underlying disease with an emphasis on the patient with open wounds, including burns. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisite: PT 604.    

PT 660    PT in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disorders    4 cr    

A study of the principles and practice of physical therapy for patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, including radiography, and medical and surgical management. Includes laboratory study. Pre-requisites: PT 607, PT 622 and PT 682.    

PT 671    Clinical Case Studies I    1 cr    

A course designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management including examination, evaluation based on examination data, establishing a physical therapy diagnosis, consideration of patient prognosis and development of an individualized plan of care. Emphasis will be on musculoskeletal disorders of peripheral joints ethical and legal scenarios, and psycho-social concerns of the patient.    

PT 672    Clinical Case Studies II    1 cr    

A continuation of PT 671 designed to provide opportunities to develop clinical judgment as part of patient management including examination, evaluation based on examination data, establishing a physical therapy diagnosis, consideration of patient prognosis and development of an individualized plan of care. Disorders of each system including multi-system co-morbidities will be included. Pre-requisites: PT 671 and PT 682    

PT 673    Clinical Case Studies III    1 cr    

A continuation of PT 672 designed to provide opportunities to practice clinical judgment as part of patient management including examination, evaluation based on examination data, establishing a physical therapy diagnosis, consideration of patient prognosis and development of an individualized plan of care. Disorders of each system including multi-system co-morbidities will be included. Pre-requisite: PT 672.    

PT 674    Clinical Synthesis and Patient Management     2 cr    

A review and synthesis of physical therapy evaluation, intervention planning and application of intervention techniques in the management and education of patients with specific clinical disorders, emphasizing clinical decision making based upon clinical experience. Pre-requisites: PT 627, PT 635 and PT 642.    

PT 675    Comprehensive Capstone     1 cr    

Occurring in the final weeks of the curriculum, this is a continuation of PT 674 including an emphasis on comprehensive review and preparation for taking the National Physical Therapy Examination. All students must pass the comprehensive final capstone exam to be awarded the DPT degree. Pre-requisites: PT 674 and PT 683.    

PT 680    Professional PT Practice (W)     2 cr    

A study of physical therapy as a profession with emphasis on the patient management model, legal and ethical issues, psychosocial issues and PT/patient relationships. Licensure, practice issues, patient populations and professional interactions will be discussed.    

PT 681    Clinical Practice Issues (W)    2 cr    

An introduction to documentation of physical therapy patient/client management and a review of medical terminology. This course will include use of the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Preparation for full-time clinical internships will be addressed including use of the clinical assessment tool, use of OSHA guidelines for universal precautions and TB prevention, and use of risk management reports. Pre-requisite: PT 680.    

PT 682    PT Internship I     6 cr    

A planned learning experience of clinical education designed to integrate previous didactic knowledge in a full-time, supervised clinical internship in Physical Therapy practice settings. Pre-requisites: PT 601, PT 620, PT 625, PT 632 and PT 650. Special Fee.    

PT 683    PT Internship II     8 cr    

A continuation of PT 682, providing another planned learning experience, designed to integrate previous knowledge in a full-time, supervised clinical internship in Physical Therapy practice settings. Good academic standing with no required course retakes pending. Pre-requisites: PT 635, PT 642, PT 650, PT 660 and PT 682.    

PT 684    PT Internship III     6 cr    

A continuation of PT 682 and PT 683, providing another planned learning experience, designed to integrate previous knowledge in a full-time, supervised clinical internship in Physical Therapy practice settings. Good academic standing with no required course retakes pending. Pre-requisite: PT 683.    

PT 685    Management of PT Practice     3 cr    

A study of current organizational and management principles and issues related to health care delivery systems with special emphasis on the current and future roles of Physical Therapy. Pre-requisite: PT 687.    
PT 686    PT Internship IV     6 cr    
A continuation of PT 682, 683 and 684, providing another planned learning experience, designed to integrate previous knowledge in a full time, supervised clinical internship in physical therapy practice settings. Good academic standing with no required retakes pending. Pre-requisite: PT 684.    
PT 687     Professional Topics in PT Practice     1 cr    
This course entails a continuation of professional practice issues including such topics as health-care communication,        
PT 697    DPT Directed Study     3 cr    
Directed research or comprehensive review of evidence-based literature completed in a clinical area of interest under the supervision of a faculty mentor. The student will document incorporation of course content into their current clinical practice. This course may be repeated up to two times with a different focus-topic each time. Pre-requisite: PT 682.    
PT 699    DPT Seminar    1 cr     
An elective seminar to update information in specific areas of study. Course number may be repeated up to 3 times.   
Department of Physical Therapy

Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions

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