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Undergraduate Catalog

2015-16 second edition, April 2015

Physical Therapy Courses

Physical Therapy (PTE) courses

  • PTE 707 Medical Human Anatomy

    Prerequisite: admission to the program or permission of the department head of Physical Therapy.

    This course offers an in-depth coverage of basic, applied, and clinical aspects of gross anatomy. Students observe, discuss, teach, learn, and dissect all body systems in detail. This course incorporates traditional didactic lectures, discussions, laboratory dissection, students teaching students in laboratory teaching sessions, and assignments that rely on critical thinking. Course will include on-site and blended components to facilitate integration of content and principles related to physical therapy. Must be admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Supplemental course fee.

    Credit hours:
    6
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    9

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 710 Introduction to Physical Therapy

    Prerequisite: admission to the program.

    This course provides an overview of physical therapy, including the history of physical therapy and the APTA, and the physical therapist's professional responsibilities. This information is combined with the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in managing patients. The topics that are discussed in Professional Issues I, e.g., Code of Ethics, the Guidelines for Physical Therapy Documentation, and the Guidelines for Professional Conduct, are "transformed" into practical skills that are necessary to professionally interact with patients. Hence this course combines these concepts with the skills necessary to provide patient care. These skills include the assessment of vital signs, basic measurement techniques, examination of the body, ensuring patient safety, infection control, using proper body mechanics, using appropriate transfers, gait training, and basic documentation, and patient and family education. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 711 Professional Issues I

    Prerequisite: admission to the program.

    This course provides an overview of physical therapy and the physical therapist's professional responsibilities. Information regarding the Code of Ethics, the Guidelines for Physical Therapy Documentation, and the Guide for Professional Conduct are essential components of this course. This course focuses on the psychological and social aspects of communication in health care and providing care and services to patients. This includes patients' rights, the psychological impact of illness, social considerations such as gender, race, culture and ethnicity. These concepts are integrated using case studies of various patient-therapist situations. This course may be taught as a blended course.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 712 Clinical Biomechanics for Physical Therapy

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides the basis for understanding human movement. Content includes study of the mechanical properties of muscoloskeletal tissues (bone, muscle, cartilage, ligament and tendon). It also includes foundations to understand the physics of human movement (forces and moments, joint lever types, understanding joint forces through two-dimensional vector problems and static equilibrium equations). It also includes the study of the movement, muscle function, and dynamics of upper and lower limbs. Students study interactions in structure and neuromuscular control of the limbs as they relate to understanding normal and abnormal human movement. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 713 Embryology

    Prerequisite: admission to the program.

    In this course students will examine how prenatal development explains structures and functions of the human body. This course describes the major features of embryology, maturation of the fetus, changes that occur during pregnancy and childbirth. Included in this course will be discussions of birth defects and the potential cause of these defects. This course will cover the major systems of interest to physical therapy such as muscoloskeletal system, cardiopulmonary system and neurological systems.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 714 Imaging Analysis in Physical Therapy Practice

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of diagnostic images of patients with a variety of impairments or dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, nervous, and circulatory systems as they apply to contemporary physical therapy practice. Various imaging techniques will be incorporated into case studies which will be used to emphasize incorporation of image findings into the process of patient management. Case studies, laboratory experience, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    1

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 720 Neuroanatomy-Neuroscience

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course describes the gross anatomy and applied function of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Normal anatomy and function is compared and contrasted with abnormal anatomy and function due to disease or injury.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 721 Professional Issues II

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course focuses on employment settings, legal issues regarding Physical Therapist Assistants, the structure of the American Physical Therapy Association, regulations, policies, practice acts, federal legislation, and direct access to patients. Additionally, this course focuses on the legal aspects of professional life including basic elements of contract law, criminal law, educational law, employment law, insurance law, and business law. Students continue to develop an Individual Clinical Internship Plan with specific goals and objectives and select clinical sites for Clinical Internship I - II. Case studies and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management. This course may be taught as a blended course.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 722 Physical Agent and Mechanical Modalities

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course describes thermal modalities (diathermy, therapeutic heat and cold, therapeutic ultrasound, low-power lasers, ultraviolet therapy) and mechanical modalities (spinal traction, intermittent compression devices, continuous passive movement devices, therapeutic soft tissue mobilization, and massage). In addition, the underlying scientific principles and clinical uses of physical agents and mechanical modalities are described. Case studies, laboratory experience, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 723 Patient Management: Musculoskeletal I

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course emphasizes the management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the appendicular and axial skeleton. Case studies are used to emphasize the process of patient management, i.e., examination, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, analysis of functional outcomes, and re-assessment. General and specific examination and treatment techniques are included, stressing the integration of knowledge and skills. Treatment techniques include (but are not limited to) the use of soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, therapeutic exercise, and basic joint mobilization. Case studies, laboratory experience, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 726 Clinical Kinesiology for Physical Therapy

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides the basis for understanding human movement and is a continuation of Clinical Biomechanics of Physical Therapy. Content includes study of movement, muscle function and dynamics of the axial body (craniomandibular complex, spinal column, neck, trunk, and pelvis). Content also includes basic principles of neuromuscular control, especially in the context of human functions which integrate multiple body segments, namely posture and gait, applied to normal and pathological conditions. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 730 Motor Control/Motor Learning

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    In this course students will examine the framework necessary to apply current theory and research on motor control and motor learning to the practice of physical therapy. This course extends the information covered in Neuroanatomy - Neuroscience by discussing the neurophysiological basis of motor control and motor learning. Through the use of case studies and integrative experiences, students will apply principles of motor control, motor learning, and motor development to treat postural and mobility dysfunctions. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management. This course may be taught as a blended course.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 731 Pathophysiology/Differential Diagnosis I

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course covers pathological conditions and their implications for Physical Therapists. All major systems of the body are studied. The pathophysiological portion of the course integrates the knowledge acquired in physiology with abnormal physiology caused by pathology. Case studies are used to integrate concepts in patient management related to pathology and pathophysiology.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 732 Electrotherapeutic Modalities and Clinical Electrophysiology

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course describes electrotherapeutic modalities and clinical electrophysiologic testing. In addition, the underlying scientific principles and clinical uses and application of electrotherapeutic modalities and clinical electrophysiologic testing are incorporated. Major topics in this course include: electrical stimulation of muscle, electrical stimulation to control posture and movement (FES/NMES), electrical stimulation to control pain, electrical stimulation to promote tissue healing, iontophoresis, electroneuromyography, EMG, NCV, and biofeedback. Case studies, laboratory experience, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 733 Patient Management: Musculoskeletal II

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Patient Management: Musculoskeletal I. This course emphasizes the management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the appendicular and axial skeleton. Case studies are used to emphasize the process of patient management, i.e., examination, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, analysis of functional outcomes, and re-assessment. General and specific examination and treatment techniques are included, stressing the integration of knowledge and skills. Treatment techniques include (but are not limited to) the use of soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, therapeutic exercise, and basic joint mobilization. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 737 Clinical Internship I

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides an introduction to the clinical education component of the curriculum, as well as a four week, full-time clinical internship. Learning styles will be discussed, as well as how clinically-based learning may differ from classroom or laboratory experiences. Students will continue to develop their clinical internship plan and specific goals and objectives for this Clinical Internship. Students will complete a case study or present an "in-service" while on the four week internship write a short, reflective paper, and meet the requirements established by the program and the clinical facility.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 740 Research Methods and Design

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    In this course students will examine the various types of research, as well as the differences, similarities, and overlaps between them. Specific topics include types of research designs (experimental and non-experimental research), formulation of research questions/hypothesis, issues on ethics, informed consent, control group, measurement, variables, bias, data collection and analysis, and validity of conclusion. Students will begin developing their research projects and acquire skills requisite for using scientific evidence for effective patient care.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 741 Pathophysiology/Differential Diagnosis II

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    In this course students will examine systems assessments necessary to screen patients for disorders and diseases that require referral to other healthcare providers. It prepares students for autonomous practice in a medical environment in which consumers will have direct access to physical therapy services. This course covers muscular, skeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic, gastrointestinal, renal, urological, hepatic, and endocrine diseases. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 743 Patient Management: Neuromuscular I

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course emphasizes the management of patients (children and adults) who have neurological diagnoses. Specific pathologies to be discussed include balance and vestibular disorders, disorders of the spinal cord, genetic disorders, and neuromuscular disease. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences are used to emphasize the process of patient management, i.e., examination, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, analysis of functional outcomes, and re-assessment. General and specific examination and treatment techniques are included stressing the integration of knowledge and skills.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 744 Patient Management: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Problems

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course presents an overview of cardiac, vascular, and pulmonary physical therapy. It integrates foundational information such as anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, embryology, histology, pharmacology, pathology, and pathophysiology into a meaningful basis on which patient management strategies are based. This course introduces the student to cardiovascular and pulmonary assessments, interventions, and outcome analyses. The course includes information specific to pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 747 Clinical Internship II

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides for continuing development of clinical skills in the form of a six week, full-time clinical internship. Students will continue to develop their clinical internship plan and specific goals and objectives for Clinical Internship II. Students will complete a case study or present an "in- service" while on the six week internship write a short, reflective paper, and meet the requirements established by the program and the clinical facility.

    Credit hours:
    6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 750 Research and Outcome Analysis

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course focuses on the management of data generated by research and outcome analyses. It will fully integrate the use of statistical methods, understanding the results of applying these methods, and making inferences or conclusions based upon the data analysis. It also addresses the larger scope of disseminating this information, professional responsibility to the public to generate meaningful data, and methods of critically analyzing results and conclusions drawn by others. In the latter portion of the course, students identify their research interests, choose or are assigned a research advisor and write a research project proposal.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 753 Patient Management: Neuromuscular II

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course is an extension of Patient Management: Neuromuscular I. This course emphasizes the management of patients (children and adults) who have neurological diagnoses including cerebral palsy and cerebrovascular accidents. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management, i.e., examination, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, analysis of functional outcomes, and re-assessment. General and specific examination and treatment techniques are included stressing the integration of knowledge and skills.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 754 Patient Management: Special Considerations Across the Life Span

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    In this course students will review biological, psychological, and sociocultural theories of maturation and aging of human beings applicable to the practice of physical therapy. Through case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences, students will compare and contrast the maturation and aging process of individuals with and without disabilities; will understand how health, fitness, and physical activity contribute to quality of life; and will apply principles learned to the examination, evaluation, and treatment of individuals of all ages.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 756 Patient Management: Integumentary

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course is correlated with information provided in Pathology-Pathophysiology, Neuroanatomy-Neuroscience I and II, and in Physical Agents, Mechanical Modalities, and Electrotherapeutic Modalities. Specific topics that are discussed include (but are not limited to) the prevention of skin disorders, management of burns and other open wounds, and the use of specific modalities to facilitate wound repair.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    0
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 757 Clinical Internship III

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides for clinical practice of developing skills in the form of a six week, full-time clinical internship. Students will continue to develop their clinical internship plan and specific goals and objectives for Clinical Internship III. Students will complete a case study or present an "in-service" while on the six week internship, write a short, reflective paper, and meet the requirements established by the program and the clinical facility.

    Credit hours:
    6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 760 Management of Research Projects

    Prerequisite: admission to the program.

    Application of the research process via supervised study of a selected problem culminating in completion of an extensive scholarly product. Course must be repeated for a total of 6 hours. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 761 Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

    Prerequisite: admission to the program.

    This course focuses on some of the more specialized areas of physical therapy. This includes diseases, conditions, or practice areas such as women's health, osteoporosis, pelvic floor dysfunction, pregnancy, sports medicine, chronic pain, management of persons with AIDS and HIV infection, lymphedema, selected problems in human behavior, ergonomics, and industrial health and physical therapy. Alternative and holistic therapies are discussed, as well as their relationship and integration with patient rehabilitation. Case studies, laboratory experience, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 762 Medical Pharmacology

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course focuses on medical pharmacology, particularly those aspects that significantly impact the practice of Physical Therapy. Specific topics include drugs that affect the autonomic nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, and the endocrine system. In addition, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and chemotherapeutic drugs are discussed. Case studies augment clinical information and emphasize patient management.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 763 Patient Management: Neuromuscular III

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course is an extension of Patient Management: Neuromuscular 1 and II. This course emphasizes the management of patients (children and adults) who have neurological diagnoses including cognitive disorders, encephalopathies, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, and brain injuries. Case studies, laboratory experiences, and integrative experiences may be used to emphasize the process of patient management. General and specific examination and treatment techniques are included stressing the integration of knowledge and skills.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 764 Patient Management: Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Wellness

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course describes the effects of physical activity on human performance across the life span. The effects of exercise (or lack thereof) are considered for each system in the body. Strategies for improving physical performance in a variety of settings are considered, as well as fundamental principles of good health in relation to exercise.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 765 The Physical Therapist as Educator

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course focuses on educational theories and methodology relevant to the physical therapist in a variety of physical therapy settings. These topics are discussed in the context of promoting optimal health, preventing injury and illness, and promoting wellness. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to utilize educational concepts and theories in the design, implementation, and evaluation of learning experiences used in the education of the community, industry, patients, families, students, colleagues, and self.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 767 Health Care Systems and the Physical Therapist

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course is an introduction to the various health care delivery systems in the United States, and provides a synopsis of the health care systems found in countries other than the United States. This course allows students to explore the provision of physical therapy services within the constraints of the existing health care systems, and to identify community needs, and resources.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 773 Patient Management: Musculoskeletal III

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Patient Management: Musculoskeletal 1 and II. This course emphasizes the management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the appendicular and axial skeleton. Case studies are used to emphasize the process of patient management, i.e., examination, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, analysis of functional outcomes, and re-assessment. Sophisticated examination and manual mobilization techniques are covered in detail.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    3

    Typically offered: Summer

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 785 Histology and Tissue Biology

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein, and permission of instructor.

    Course emphasizes the structure and basic function of all the major tissues and cell types in the human body. Includes normal cell and tissue morphology and the adaptations that occur as a result of various stimuli both normal and abnormal. This is a variable content course. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 800 Advanced Topics in Geriatrics

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    In this course students gain insight into physical therapy related to the elderly population, their special needs and physiological changes, living environments, resources, etc. For an additional credit hour of this course, students are encouraged to develop further knowledge, skills, etc., with the elderly population. Based upon student interest and instructor approval, students may pursue additional in-depth study in areas such as (but not limited to): education, skill development, service-learning, investigation, psychomotor skills, psychosocial issues, healthcare system, reimbursement, etc., related to geriatrics.

    Credit hours:
    1-2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 801 Vestibular Rehabilitation

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course describes the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and an overview of various pathologies associated with patient complaints of vertigo, dizziness, and balance disorders. Principles of examination, evaluation, assessment, and rehabilitation of the patient with impairment of the vestibular system and/or impaired balance are described and performed.

    Credit hours:
    1-2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 802 Advanced Regional Anatomy

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program and permission of instructor.

    This is a variable content course offering in-depth coverage of basic, applied, and clinical aspects of gross anatomy of one or more of the following regions: head and neck, upper extremity, trunk, and lower extremity. Students observe, discuss, teach, learn and dissect selected body systems in detail. This course may incorporate traditional didactic lectures, problem based discussions, laboratory dissection with assignments that rely on critical thinking. Students relate anatomical structure to functional relations and correlate structure with clinical assessments and treatments. Students make oral presentations and use the library and other sources of information (such as the Internet) to learn. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 9 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 803 Advanced Topics in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy

    Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program and permission of instructor.

    This is a variable content course emphasizing the management of patients with musculoskeletal dysfunction focusing on research, differential diagnosis and advanced manual examination and treatment techniques. Case studies are used to emphasize the evidence-based process of patient management, i.e., examination, assessment, diagnosis, prognosis treatment, analysis of functional outcomes, and re-assessment. Students will focus on management of musculoskeletal dysfunction relation to one or more of the following regions: the upper extremity, the pelvis and lower extremity, or the spine and sacroiliac joint. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 9 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 804 Advanced Topics in Pediatrics

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and permission of instructor.

    This is a variable content course designed to allow students to develop their cognitive, psychomotor or affective skills at an advanced level in the area of physical therapy for children. The course may involve readings, projects, and direct clinical experiences individually contracted between the instructor and the student. Course may be repeated up to a maximum of 9 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1-2
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Upon demand

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 871 Physical Therapy Management and Administration

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course will provide students with opportunities to develop managerial and supervisory skills in healthcare settings where physical therapy is provided. Students will apply business and leadership principles through development of a physical therapy business. Understanding of business principles is demonstrated including facility planning, determining and utilizing appropriate business structure, financial management, leadership and communication skills, risk management, legal considerations, and use of consultants. Additionally, students are provided with opportunities to learn and apply management skills through involvement with community partners functioning in leadership positions.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 872 Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Assistive Technologies

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course covers limb amputations, orthotic and prosthetic devices, and splints. The use of orthoses, prostheses, and splints is fully integrated into principles of patient management. Advanced wheelchair prescriptions are discussed, as well as advanced technologies (computer technologies, etc.) that are useful in rehabilitation including occupational and industrial therapies and devices.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    2

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 873 Patient Management: Advanced Differential Diagnosis

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course focuses on managing patients using a "life-long" conceptual basis. It stresses the importance of being proactive in resolving complex issues, particularly those that impact patients for a lifetime. Critical thinking is an integral part of this course. Cost effectiveness, efficiency, long-term planning, and using the best adaptive equipment for the long-term are emphasized. The elements of patient/client management as described in The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice are used to guide the clinical decision making process. Integral to this course will be the use of case-based learning modules.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 877 Clinical Internship IV

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides continued clinical practice of skills in the form of an eight-week, full-time clinical internship. Students will continue to develop their global clinical internship plan, while writing specific goals and objectives for Clinical Internship IV. Students will complete a case study or present an "in-service" while on the eight-week internship, write a short, reflective paper, and meet the requirements established by the Program and the clinical facility. Graded Pass/Not Pass only.

    Credit hours:
    8
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Fall

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 880 Research Seminar

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course is an extension of Management of Research Projects. Students will present their scholarly work to faculty and fellow students as a platform or poster presentation. Grades Pass/Not Pass.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 883 Patient Management: Critical Integration and Analysis II

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course stresses the importance of being proactive in resolving complex issues, particularly those that impact patients for a lifetime. Cost effectiveness, efficiency, long-term planning, and using the best adaptive equipment for the long-term are emphasized. The elements of patient management as described in The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice are used to guide the clinical decision making process. Critical thinking is an integral part of this course. The course will culminate with the preparation of complex case studies of patients treated by each student while on Clinical Internship IV and V and the presentation of these case studies to student peers and faculty in a teaching seminar.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 887 Clinical Internship V

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides clinical practice in the form of an eight-week, full-time clinical internship. Students will continue to develop their global clinical internship plan, while writing specific goals and objectives for Clinical Internship V. Students will complete a case study or present an "in-service" while on the eight-week internship, write a short reflective paper, and meet the requirements established by the program and the clinical facility.

    Credit hours:
    8
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings

  • PTE 888 Clinical Internship VI

    Prerequisite: enrollment in the program and successful completion of all prior course work therein.

    This course provides clinical practice in the form of a six-week, full-time clinical internship. Students must meet the requirements established by the Program and the clinical faculty. After completion of Clinical Internship VI and upon their return to campus, students will enter a period of in-depth self-analysis and reflection concerning Clinical Internship VI and the entire clinical education experience.

    Credit hours:
    6
    Lecture contact hours:
    Lab contact hours:

    Typically offered: Spring

    Projected offerings