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Course Descriptions

These courses are open to Physical Therapy majors only or with consent of the Departmental Chairperson. Courses taught in the Department of Humanities and Basic Sciences (HUBS) are a required portion of the Physical Therapy professional curriculum. To see course descriptions of HUBS courses taken by PT students return to the main SHP page.

Prefix # Title Course Description
PHYT 6110 Surface Anatomy The students will be given the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate basic palpation skills, and 2) practice identifying bony landmarks, superficial muscles and tendons, and ligaments of the trunk and extremities. Practical exams will be used to test palpation skills. (2 Lecture, 40 Laboratory; $ 2 lab fee, Prerequisites: Admission to DPT program.)
PHYT 6311 Clinical Pathology for Rehabilitation Specialists Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) acquire knowledge of pathological processes of disease and injury relevant to rehabilitation and the treatment provided by physical therapists, 2) understand the pathophysiology of select neurological and musculoskeletal diseases, and 3) understand the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of cell injury and recovery. (45 Lecture; Prerequisites: Admission to DPT program.)
PHYT 6220 Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) determine the need for evidence-based practice in physical therapy and 2) recognize how the methods and procedures developed in clinical medicine can be used to establish evidence-based strategies in working with persons who have a disability or chronic disease. (30 Lecture; Prerequisites: Admission to DPT program.)
PHYT 6221 Professional Issues in Health Care Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) acquire knowledge of the ethical principles and legal factors, which influence health care in general and physical therapy specifically; 2) apply these concepts to clinical practice; and 3) delineate the roles of health care providers in general and physical therapists specifically. (30 Lecture; Prerequisites: Admission to DPT program.)
PHYT 6418 Human Anatomy for Rehabilitation Professionals Students will be given the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge relating to anatomical systems involved in injuries or disorders treated by rehabilitation health professionals. The emphasis will be to: 1) locate and identify the skeletal structures, muscles and other major organs in the human body; 2) describe the origin, insertion, blood supply, innervation and function of the individual muscle; 3) identify the synergistic and antagonistic muscle groups ; and 4) understand the functional deficiencies related to the specific muscle and nerve damage. Laboratory sessions will provide the students the opportunity to dissect cadavers and acquire the dissection skills in addition to the anatomical knowledge. (45 Lecture, 45 lab, $225 lab fee (cadavers); Prerequisites: Admission to DPT program)
PHYT 6222 Lifespan Development Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) describe the current principles of motor development; 2) identify developmental milestones achieved by children and adults; 3) perform assessments on typically-developing children and adults; and 4) describe the effects of aging on motor performance. (20 Lecture, 30 Laboratory; $ 4 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6314 Movement Science I Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) integrate principles of anatomy, physics and physiology to investigate normal and abnormal movement of the spine and extremities; 2) understand foundational principles of biomechanics, joint kinematics, and muscle function; 3) apply foundational concepts for each body segment; 4) analyze tasks that integrate the basic and complex concepts and problem solving skills for whole body analysis. (30 Lecture, 45 Laboratory; $ 5 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6112 Pharmacology for Rehabilitation Specialists Students will be given the opportunity to 1) become familiar with common drugs and classes of medications; 2) develop an understanding of interactions between medication use and physical therapy interventions; and 3) integrate information about medication use by patients in the rehabilitation setting (12 Lecture, 6 Laboratory; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6441 Clinical Examination in Physical Therapy Using principles of tests and measures including disablement models and the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, students will be given the opportunity to master basic physical therapy examination and evaluation skills. Specifically, students will be able to 1) perform tests and measures accurately and reliably, 2) problem solve and select appropriate tests and measures for the patient type and environmental context of patients, 3) interpret the information gained from these test and measures to form strategies to prioritize patient centered and clinician centered goals based on examination findings, 4) formulate a PT diagnosis and preliminary prognosis, and 5) document findings using commonly accepted formats. (35 Lecture, 76 Laboratory; $ 10 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6313 Neuroscience for Health Professionals Students will be given the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of the human nervous system and the basis of neurological dysfunction. Students will 1) learn the gross anatomy of the human central nervous system, 2) trace clinically relevant functional pathways in the nervous system, 3) describe the functional significance of each of these pathways, and 4) learn to correlate the signs/symptoms of neural dysfunction with the appropriate central or peripheral neural defect. The course will include the central basis for autonomic dysfunction, various sensory deficits, disruption of motor control mechanisms, and affective disorders. (45 Lecture; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6315 Movement Science II Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) understand the CNS control of normal and abnormal muscle tone and movement patterns with exercise and functional mobility; 2) apply theories of motor control to human gait; 3) conceptualize theories of neuroplasticity; and 4) understand the physiology, function and therapeutic applications of the following nervous systems: Exteroceptive, Interoceptive, Motor, and Perception/Cognitive. (38 Lecture, 14 Laboratory, 3 Seminar; $ 5 lab fee, Prerequisites: Movement Science I)
PHYT 6342 Functional Training Techniques in Physical Therapy The students will be given the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate learning and teaching skills, 2) determine basic management and functional training of patients with a variety of impairment levels, 3) develop management and functional training plans of care of patients over lifespan including patients with special needs. (32 Lecture, 40.5 Laboratory; $ 10 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6216 Exercise Physiology This course provides students with an advanced understanding of physiological adaptations of the human body in response to acute and chronic exercise. In particular, students will be given the opportunity to: 1) acquire knowledge of the integrative physiology of the neuromuscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and renal systems; 2) determine how acute and chronic exercise causes adaptations in these systems at the cellular and systems level; 3) apply scientific principles underlying the use of exercise training in rehabilitation. (30 Lecture; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6262 Diagnosis and Management of  Integumentary Dysfunction The students will be given the opportunity to: 1) develop advanced knowledge in the etiology and pathology of disorders of the integumentary system, including but not limited to: diabetes, wounds and burns, amputations, and skin cancer; 2) describe biomechanical principles, indications and use of prosthetic devices in clients with upper and lower extremity amputations; and 3) develop comprehensive physical therapy intervention plans for clients with disorders of the integumentary system. (26 Lecture, 23 Laboratory, 7 Seminar, 20 Practicum; $ 10 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6344 Physical Agents and Pain Management in Physical Therapy The students will be given the opportunity to: 1) become competent in applying thermal, electrical, and mechanical modalities, 2) understand the physiological effects of modalities on the nervous, vascular and musculoskeletal systems, and 3) become competent with sterile techniques and basic bandaging skills. (15 Lecture, 90 Laboratory; $ 10 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6343 Exercise and Manual Techniques in Physical Therapy Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) prescribe and teach therapeutic exercise, assess joint play, and perform joint mobilization and soft tissue techniques; 2) formulate functional goals and develop appropriate exercise programs for patients with selected pathological conditions; 3) recommend appropriate exercise parameters for healthy individuals to promote physical fitness and wellness. (21 Lecture, 60 Laboratory, 3 Seminar, 8 Practicum; $ 10 lab fee; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6117 Imaging of the Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Systems Students will be given the opportunity to learn about biomedical imaging in rehabilitation. The student will 1) become familiar with several of the more common imaging techniques and 2) develop an appreciation for the importance of biomedical imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. (15 Lecture; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6481 Clinical Education in Physical Therapy I Students will be given the opportunity in a clinical setting to: 1) apply professional knowledge and skill in a safe, effective, and efficient manner; and 2) demonstrate competency in managing basic client problems under close supervision of a physical therapist. (320 Practicum; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6463 Diagnosis and Management of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Dysfunction Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate knowledge of the etiology and pathology of selected cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders; 2) demonstrate knowledge and skill in the physical therapy management of patients with these conditions. (45 Lecture, 30 Laboratory; $ 10 lab fee; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6464 Diagnosis and Management of Neuromuscular Dysfunction I Students will have the opportunity to: 1) understand the pathophysiology of SCI; 2) identify SC diseases; 3) determine demographic and epidemiological issues related to this patient population; 4) develop skill in examination/evaluation procedures; 5) determine differential diagnoses given signs and symptoms; 6) determine prognosis and predict outcome; 7) develop specific treatment techniques for functional training; 8) prescribe wheelchair, mobility training, and/or orthotics (especially as related to gait); and 9) determine available evidence for practice with the population of patients with SCI. (45 Lecture, 45 Laboratory; $ 10 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6465 Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Spinal Dysfunction Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) develop skill in orthopedic examination, evaluation and treatment planning principles; 2) develop skill in evaluation and treatment of the cervical, temporomandibular, thoracic, lumbar and sacroiliac joints; 3) integrate musculoskeletal pathophysiology of bone, joint, and muscle including surgical procedures and immobilization with examination and evaluation procedures and treatment planning; 4) integrate orthopedic principles with anatomy of the pelvic floor, and male and female reproductive systems, common pelvic dysfunctions and women's health cases. (45 Lecture, 42 Laboratory, 8 Practicum; $ 10 lab fee; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6223 Professional Issues in Physical Therapy Students will be given the opportunity to: 1)apply knowledge of ethical principles and legal concepts based on case scenarios from clinical education experiences; 2) analyze the consequences of decisions made in reference to the case scenarios. (30 Seminar; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6466 Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Extremity Dysfunction Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) understand the etiology and pathology of common orthopedic problems and the medical and surgical interventions of the upper and lower extremities and 2) demonstrate competence in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment planning for upper and lower extremity dysfunction. (38 Lecture, 50 Laboratory, 6 Seminar; $ 10 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6467 Diagnosis and Management of Neuromuscular Dysfunction II Students will be given the opportunity to develop knowledge and skill in the following: 1) pathophysiology of BI; 2) demographic and epidemiological issues, 3) examination/evaluation procedures, 4) differential diagnosis given signs and symptoms, prognosis and outcome prediction, 5) specific treatment techniques for patient management of abnormal tone and abnormal movement, restoration of motor control, functional training, assessment of equipment needs, gait training, wheelchair prescription and mobility training, orthotic prescription, and 6) evidence for practice with the population of patients with BI. (36 Lecture, 27 Laboratory; $ 5 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous courses.)
PHYT 6224 Medical Spanish for Rehabilitation Specialists Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate proficiency in basic medical Spanish, 2) complete a simulated evaluation and examination in Spanish. (15 Lecture, 45 Laboratory; $ 0 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6482 Clinical Education in Physical Therapy II Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) apply professional knowledge and skill in a safe, effective, and efficient manner; and 2) demonstrate competency in managing intermediate level client problems. (320 Practicum; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous courses.)
PHYT 6326 Management and Health Systems in Physical Therapy Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) apply basic management theories, principles, and practices to health care delivery; 2) categorize alternative means and sources of health care delivery as these relate to physical therapy; 3) understand reimbursement sources and billing regulations/procedures; 4) examine the legal and legislative factors that impact health care delivery; 5) defend current issues in PT practice such as direct access, scope of practice and entry-level degree; 6) apprise situations in terms of risk management and quality improvement issues and 7) determine the alternative funding resources available within the community for health care practitioners and clients. (45 Lecture; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6225 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) recognize personal, cultural and societal differences in ways people seek and accept health care; 2) describe psychosocial adaptations to disability; 3) determine the role of the physical therapist in patient advocacy; and 4) problem solve for patient psychosocial issues using cases from previous clinical experiences. (30 Lecture; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6368 Diagnosis and Management of Developmental Dysfunctions Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) acquire knowledge of the etiology and pathology of selected pediatric disorders; 2) describe the medical and surgical management of selected pediatric disorders and the implications these have for physical therapy; 3) evaluate and assess pediatric clients; and 4) plan appropriate physical therapy management of pediatric clients. (30 Lecture, 45 Laboratory; $ 6 lab fee, Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6227 Evidence Based Seminar in Physical Therapy The goal of this course is to introduce students and professionals to the concepts of evidence-based practice and outcome measurement in physical therapy. Using a case from a previous clinical experience, students will be given the opportunity to: 1) develop a case study using concepts of evidence-based practice; and, 2) present the case study to peers in a professional research symposium format (30 Seminar; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6228 Differential Diagnosis in Physical Therapy Students will be given the opportunity to: 1) integrate the findings from the history, systems review and PT tests and measures; and 2) formulate a PT diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan for complex patient cases. (30 Seminar; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6683 Clinical Education in Physical Therapy III Using the Physical Therapist Manual for the Assessment of Clinical Skills for a variety of separate clinical experiences, students will be given the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate entry-level competency in professional practice; 2) develop a plan of care for patient management in advanced and complex client problems; and 3) demonstrate competency in overall practice management. (480 Practicum; Prerequisites: Successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6684 Clinical Education in Physical Therapy IV Using the Physical Therapist Manual for the Assessment of Clinical Skills for a variety of separate clinical experiences, students will be given the opportunity to: 1) demonstrate entry-level competency in professional practice; 2) develop a plan of care for patient management in advanced and complex client problems; and 3) demonstrate competency in overall practice management. (480 Practicum; Prerequisites: successful completion of previous PT courses)
PHYT 6090 Special Topics in Physical Therapy The student will be given the opportunity to: 1) develop knowledge and skills in special or advanced techniques and processes of patient management in physical therapy, or 2) develop advanced knowledge of the physical therapy management of patients with specific conditions. The course may be repeated for credit when content varies. (Hours are arranged; Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor)
INDS 5100 Interdisciplinary Studies Students engage in a variety of interdisciplinary learning activities designed to facilitate the development of professional competencies required of all entry-level health care practitioners. Minimum of 15 semester hours, Lab fees: none; Prerequisites: none