Lecture/Laboratory Components: Includes dissections of the entire human body. The course is organized in three modules: (1) thorax and abdomen, (2) head and neck, including neuroanatomy, and (3) limbs. It covers regional and conceptual information on the gross anatomy of all organ systems in the human body.
Lecture: Examines the roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist in the present health care environment. Historical and ethical foundations of the profession, as well as current and emerging issues, are discussed. Explores the scope of practice of the Doctor of Physical Therapy. Introduces the format and function of the APTA Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Stresses the importance of professionalism, including active membership in the APTA. Explores the dynamics of professional relationships with patients, families, and other care providers.
Lecture: Presents neuroscience in a systems approach and integrates general principles of organization and function of the autonomic, peripheral and central nervous system. s approach to neuroscience. The anatomy of a system will be followed with its physiology, pathophysiology and clinical relevance to the physical therapist. Clinical topics include neurological testing, control of posture and balance, pain, muscle tone and spasticity, feedback vs. feedforward control, reflex versus voluntary control, control of reaching and locomotion, perception and learning.
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Reviews the normal physiology of the cardiopulmonary system. Presents the normal immediate response to exercise and long-term effects of exercise in the healthy well individual. Includes presentation of foodstuffs for energy production, metabolic pathways for production of ATP, and energy systems used in aerobic and anaerobic activities. The course includes strength and endurance exercise prescription for the healthy, well individual. Also includes laboratory experiences for the measurement of vital signs and select exercise testing. Prerequisite: HBA 540
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Presents an introduction to the fundamental principles of strength and flexibility. Fundamentals of muscle and connective tissue function from microstructure to macrostructure are considered in health and dysfunctional states through the lifespan. These basic principles will be expanded to explore the concept of myofascial mobility, extensibility and length. Students will combine the skills learned in Kinesiology with those learned in this course to begin the process of examination, evaluation and designing intervention programs for the movement dysfunction.
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Explores the kinetics and kinematics of normal, purposeful human movement. Integrates knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, mechanics and biomechanics as it applies to movement of the extremities and spine. Includes evaluation procedures such as manual muscle testing and measurement of joint range of motion. Direct patient contact is scheduled.
Prerequisite: HBA 540
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Provides a foundation in medicine and differential diagnosis. Introduces the Nagi model of disablement and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the Patient/Client Management Model and outcomes management that guide the process of clinical decision-making. Principles of pharmacology, medical imaging and laboratory diagnostic testing will be integrated to facilitate safe and effective patient management planning. Familiarizes students with medical terminology and abbreviations for efficient and effective chart reviewing and documentation. Explores select systemic diseases, focusing on epidemiology, pathology, histology, etiology, as well as primary and secondary clinical characteristics. Medical and surgical management will be discussed and integrated to formulate appropriate intervention indications, precautions and contraindications. Prerequisites: Year One Summer Courses
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Introduces physical modalities including superficial and deep thermal agents, hydrotherapy, aquatic therapy, intermittent compression, and mechanical traction. Presents principles of electrophysics and the application to the human body in health and disease. Includes polarity, voltage, current, Ohm's law and the use of electrophysiologic stimulators and testing equipment in physical therapy clinical practice. Discusses properties of excitable membranes and effects of electrical stimulation on muscle and nerve tissue. Promotes evidence-based practice through analysis of appropriate literature. Covers electrotherapeutic management of impairments and pathology of musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary and the integumentary systems. Presents fundamental skills for application of electrical stimulation including biphasic pulsed current, monophasic pulsed current, uninterrupted direct current, interferential electrical stimulation, Russian stimulation, microstimulation (MENS), transcutaneous nerve stimulation (TENS), neurostimulation (NMES), functional electrical stimulation (FES) and iontophoresis. Prerequisite: HBA 540 and Co-requisite: HAY 500
Laboratory: Regional approach to the gross anatomy of the lower limb for physical therapy graduate students (DPT). The course is presented in conjunction with HAY 519, Kinesiology. This module will offer an expanded view of the functional anatomy and arthrology of the hip, thigh, leg and foot. Labs will be three hours, one day per week. Enrollment will be limited to DPT students. Prerequisite: HBA 540
Lecture: Designed to teach entry-level physical therapy students the fundamentals of reading and understanding research methods, design, and statistics. Includes reliability and validity, research design, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, tests for experimental comparison, correlation, regressions, nonparametric tests, and qualitative research. Addresses the relationship between statistics and research design by introducing relevant research articles in the healthcare field.
Prerequisite: Year one summer and fall courses.
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Establishes a context for major explanatory concepts applied to issues of coordination and skill and learning. Students will read original research papers and current literature pertaining to motor learning, motor programs and dynamic pattern theory. Student will analyze papers examining loss of function related to physical disease or injury. A semester long project will integrate the major concepts. Prerequisites: HAY 500
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Emphasizes use of the patient-client management model focused on the acute care, in-hospital setting and the acute rehabilitation and sub-acute rehabilitation settings. Includes fundamental skills of chart review and documentation; body mechanics; examination techniques; turning and positioning; bed mobility; transfer training; ambulation training; wheelchair management; deep breathing exercises; and discharge planning. Discusses special populations relevant to the in-patient environment. Includes post-operative orthopedic patients, patients with acute neurological disorders and acute cardiothoracic disorders, and pediatric, geriatric, and general medicine patients. Designed to prepare entry-level physical therapy students to evaluate and treat patients during their first clinical experience. Prerequisites: HBA 540, HAY 500, HAY 517, HAY 518, HAY 519, and HAY 526
Lecture/Laboratory Components: This course continues to build a foundation in medicine and differential diagnosis. Utilizes the concepts of evidence-based practice, ICF and Nagi's model of disablement, and the Patient/Client Management Model as frameworks for clinical decision-making. Presents in-depth exploration of frequently encountered health conditions and injuries across the life span. Presents epidemiology, pathophysiology, etiology, clinical characteristics with subsequent medical and surgical management of each health condition/injury. Students are required to apply knowledge of pharmacology, diagnostic radiology and laboratory testing into safe and effective patient management through clinical case study exercises. Focuses on the formulation of appropriate rehabilitation intervention indications, precautions and contraindications. Students will continue to build a repertoire of medical terminology, medical chart abbreviations and clinical outcome measures. Proficiency is expected with an actual medical record review and analysis, and the synthesis of an appropriate patient/client management plan consistent with the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Prerequisites: Year One Summer and Fall Courses
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Introduces the physical therapist’s role in management of chronic wounds. Focuses on performing a comprehensive assessment designed to identify challenges to proper wound closure. Students will use the results of this assessment to form an appropriate plan of care based on the clinical presentation of the wound and the individual needs of each patient/client. Discusses mechanisms of integumentary healing in the human body including potential difficulties posed by cardiovascular, orthopedic, neurological and endocrine/metabolic disorders. Considers local factors implicated in delayed wound closure. Students learn to set appropriate goals and apply treatment interventions including wound irrigation and debridement, pressure relief, and choice of topical agents and dressing to promote efficient closure. Emphasizes evidence-based practice: focuses on pre-treatment assessment, physiological response to treatment, and best available research as the basis for clinical decision making. Covers patient education, treatment preparation and performance, indications and contraindications for intervention. Laboratory sessions and group discussions will be case study driven to foster critical thinking and collaborative learning.
Lecture: Addresses foundational skills practicing therapists need to effectively access, manage, integrate and communicate information for clinical practice, research and professional activities. Uses core electronic information resources, including clinical decision-support databases and knowledge management tools to quickly locate and effectively assess the quality of clinical and healthcare bibliographic databases such as PubMed and CINAHL. Emphasizes citation tracking tools and critical clinical decision-support tools including Web of Science and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Trains students in the use of citation management software (EndNoteX6) to support research. Prerequisites: First year summer/fall courses.
Lecture: Examines different learning styles and their effect on the learning environment. The fundamentals of teaching as they apply to patient education, professional in-services, and clinical education are presented and practiced. Students are introduced to aspects of verbal and nonverbal communication, with the opportunity to work in small groups for application of these principles. The aspect of physical therapy consultation in clinical experiences as well as professional opportunities is explored. Preparation for the first clinical education experience, specifically clinical site and academic progam expectations, professional behavior, and student responsibilities are discussed in detail.
Develops students' ability to utilize and apply relevant knowledge and skills within the Patient Management Model including examination, evaluation, and development of intervention strategies. Students will discover how the four systems (neuromotor, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, and integumentary) work together to influence function through problem-based activities and case studies. Culminates in student group presentations with defense of clinical decisions for assigned case studies at the end of this integrative experience. Prerequisites: All Year One summer and fall courses.
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Introduces concepts of musculoskeletal dysfunction within the Patient/Client Management Model. Sharpens student's evaluation skills, as clinical decision-making and differential physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis and intervention are introduced in the framework of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Explores functional anatomy, including the osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, mycology and neurology of the lower extremities as they relate to surgical and non-surgical musculoskeletal conditions. Prerequisite: Year one courses
Lecture: Presents an integrated approach to normal human growth and development throughout the life-span. Examines developmental norms and sequences with emphasis on biophysical (motor and sensory), cognitive, language, and psychosocial tasks. Discusses social/cultural/environmental influences. The coursework covers developmental issues during prenatal, infant, child, adolescent, adult and geriatric time periods. Prerequisite: Year One Summer Courses
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Prepares students to examine, assess, establish problem lists, and determine and write appropriate goals for individuals with neurological disorders. Presents fundamental testing and evaluation skills including sensory, musculoskeletal, tone and coordination, motor control, balance, postural stability, and function. Trains students through role playing, videotape analyses and clinical patient experiences. Students will develop assessment skills appropriate for various patients who present with neurological disorders as introduced in Clinical Medicine. Lab experiences and reports require written and verbal justification for students’ clinical decisions. Provides students with experiences choosing appropriate outcome measures and develops competence in performing these measures on volunteer patients. Prepares second year physical therapy students to assess and begin basic treatment of patients with neurological dysfunction during clinical experiences. Prerequisite: Year One Courses
Clinical Experience: A six-week course that provides students with their first full-time clinical experience. A licensed physical therapist is responsible for close supervision and guidance during the learning experience. Provides students with the opportunity to utilize the Patient Management Model of care. Students participate in documentation, coordination of care and discharge planning. Students will perform reexaminations, measure patient outcomes, and modify interventions accordingly. Students will perform an in-service during this clinical experience. Students are required to submit guided journals to a DCE via email to promote reflective thinking during clinical experience. Prerequisite: All first year courses
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of disability as they affect the life of the individual. Topics include identification of pre-morbid factors that contribute to positive adjustment or maladaptive responses to disability; the influence of culture on individual and family expectations of the health care system; patient perspectives as consumers of the health care system; and changing roles in the family. Students will practice techniques of positive listening and role-play to develop skills in recognizing psychosocial factors during acquisition of patient history. Emphasizes utilization of psychosocial information in the establishment of a plan of care for patients across the lifespan.
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Prepares students to examine, assess, establish problem lists, and determine and write appropriate goals for individuals with various neurological disorders. Fundamental testing and assessment skills include advanced sensory, advanced balance, levels of consciousness, cranial nerve, electromyography, nerve conduction velocity, vestibular assessment and function. Students develop assessment skills appropriate for patients who present with various neurological disorders. Provides experiences for students to choose appropriate outcome measures and perform these measures on volunteer patients. Prerequisites: First year courses and HAY 595
Laboratory: A continuation and application of HAY 507. Explores concepts of musculoskeletal dysfunction within Patient/Client Management Model. Sharpens students’ evaluation skills as clinical decision-making and differential physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis and intervention are introduced in the framework of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Applies general skills to various neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions of the lower extremity. Explores functional anatomy, including the osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, mycology and neurology of the lower extremities as they relate to surgical and non-surgical musculoskeletal conditions. Prerequisite: Year One Courses and Summer Year Two Courses
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Studies prosthetic and orthoses management as applied to a variety of patient populations across a lifespan. Addresses considerations of various pathology and medical surgical management to formulate appropriate patient examinations, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention that are consistent with physical therapy practice guidelines. Principals of normal biomechanics, pathomechanics, physiology and pathophysiology will be a major focus for evaluation, intervention and education of the vascular, neuromuscular, and / or musculoskeletal compromised patient that may utilize prosthetic or orthotic devices. Basic principles of mechanical physics and material characteristics will be applied. Clinical site visits are scheduled to observe and practice patient evaluation, treatment and education techniques. Prerequisite: HAY 519
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Explores the interactions of the individual with disability within the community. Focuses on concerns of the individual beyond physical rehabilitation. Topics include concomitant mental health issues; the mind-body connection; humor in medicine; complementary and alternative medicine; technology and disability; vocational rehabilitation; sexuality; domestic violence and interpersonal abuse; substance abuse; and terminal illness. Promotes identification and communication with local, regional and national resources that enable individuals with disabilities to engage in recreational, vocational, or educational endeavors. Prerequisite: HAY 502
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Examines the impact of adult neurological conditions on activities identified by an individual as essential to support physical, social and psychological well-being and create a personal sense of meaningful life. Students will continue with practice of synthesis of examination data during the evaluation process. Emphasizes the development and implementation of appropriate intervention strategies based on best evidence available for individuals with neurological or neuromuscular disorders. Prerequisites: First year and summer/fall second year courses
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Builds on the concepts and skills of Orthopedic Physical Therapy I by integrating clinical decision-making and differential physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis and intervention of the lower extremities with the spine and upper extremities. Various musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the trunk and upper extremities are explored. Functional anatomy, including the osteokinematics, arthrokinematics, mycology and neurology of the trunk and upper extremities are discussed as they relate to surgical and non-surgical musculoskeletal conditions. Prerequisite: HAY 507
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Emphasizes the study of atypical movement patterns in children. Presents developmental and long-term effects of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal dysfunction as they relate to movement. Students learn examination and interventions for subtle and complex movement dysfunctions resulting from a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular diagnoses, conditions, and syndromes including, but not limited to, preterm birth, torticollis, developmental hip dysplasia, OBPI, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, developmental coordination disorder (DCD), Spina Bifida and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Explores strategies for working with children presenting at the opposite ends of functional abilities (severe/multiple vs minimal handicapping conditions). Addresses the role of the physical therapist during transitions between delivery settings.
Prerequisite: All courses in year one and fall of year two
Laboratory: Second in a two-course sequence to further develop students' ability to utilize and apply relevant knowledge and skills within the Patient Management Model. With each Case Studies course, the demand on students for synthesis and integration increases. Requires students to examine, evaluate, determine differential diagnosis, prognosticate, develop and integrate intervention strategies for patients of varying ages from diverse cultural backgrounds with complex neuromotor, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, and or integumentary pathology/dysfunction. Culminates in student group presentations with defense of clinical decisions for assigned case studies at the end of this integrative experience. Prerequisites: All Year One and Year Two courses.
Clinical Experience: An eight week full-time clinical experience; the second clinical experience in the curriculum. Students will provide direct patient care, collaborate with other health care professionals, coordinate care of patients, delegate and supervise support personnel and promote wellness and prevention services. Student will incorporate outcome measures into the evaluation process and suggest specific measures useful for the clinical setting. Students will perform an in-service and communicate regularly with a DCE to promote reflective thinking during the clinical experience.
Prerequisites: All year 1 and 2 courses
Lecture: Presents issues related to promotion of health and wellness and concepts of integrative medicine. Examines and integrates general fitness into the following clinical environments: obstetrics, occupational health and injury prevention, ergonomics, sports medicine (pre, post, and in season), obesity, chronic pain, pediatrics, geriatrics, and athletic programs for the physically and/or mentally challenged. Students will perform screening techniques for the assessment of the following wellness issues: school-based scoliosis, safety and accessibility of children play areas, cardiovascular fitness, and fall prevention in the elderly. Based upon the findings of screens and individual client goals, students will develop, implement and assess the effectiveness of a cohesive wellness program. Introduces issues related to the development of a wellness center and visits to established prevention programs in the community. Prerequisite: HAY 510
Laboratory: Provides students with the opportunity to apply and analyze therapeutic exercise techniques in order to formulate exercise programs for diverse patient and client populations. Students will be encouraged to discuss and build upon their knowledge of basic therapeutic techniques attained from previous coursework and clinical training experiences. Advanced techniques will be demonstrated and practiced in lab. Students will evaluate, set goals, develop therapeutic exercise programs and measure outcomes. Issues regarding frequency, intensity and duration of treatment will be discussed throughout the course. Prerequisites: HAY 507, 508, 518 and 519
Lecture: Explores a broad spectrum of research literature examining physical therapy practice. Uses literature as a tool to integrate students’ critical inquiry skills and depth of knowledge in biomechanical analysis, musculoskeletal measurement, cardiopulmonary functions, motor control and motor learning theory. Students judge the strength of the evidence of each paper and draw conclusions regarding its clinical significance in neuromotor and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. When lacking evidence, challenges students to suggest ways to strengthen the current evidence.
Lecture: Provides an understanding of the role of manager/supervisor as it relates to the goals and objectives of a physical therapy practice or department. Topics include communication skills in business management; ethical decision making in physical therapy practice; delivery systems; legislation and regulation; business planning; marketing and public relations.
Lecture/Laboratory Components: Utilizes the Patient/Client Management Model. Spans in-patient, out-patient rehabilitation and home care settings. Includes interpretation of electrocardiograms and graded exercise tests, and chest physical therapy techniques to mobilize secretions. Explores exercise prescription for aerobic endurance training for individuals with cardiac and pulmonary disease and the use of appliances in elderly patients with cardiac and pulmonary disease. Emphasizes the use of physical examination findings that direct chest physical therapy interventions, exercise prescription, and a total plan of care. Prerequisites: First year and fall second year courses
Lecture: Provides an overview of the ethics of health care in a rapidly changing society. Explores ethical issues surrounding health care changes and public health policy. Includes an overview of the ethics within patient education and discussions involving the physical therapy professional Codes of Ethics. Students will learn how to approach ethical dilemmas using theoretical frameworks and decision-making processes. Introduces the student to the ethics within physical therapy and other health care professions through the use of case studies. Includes a review of classic cases in health care ethics, involving issues such as euthanasia and organ transplants from an ethical, legal and historical perspective.
Clinical Experience: A ten-week full-time clinical experience. A licensed physical therapist is responsible for supervision during the learning experience. The students will provide direct patient care, collaborate with other health care professionals, coordinate care of patients, delegate and supervise support personnel, and promote wellness and prevention services. Students are able to incorporate outcome measures into the evaluation process and suggest specific measures useful for their particular clinical setting. Students will perform an in-service during this clinical experience and communicate regularly with DCE via email to promote reflective thinking during clinical experience.
Prerequisite: All courses in curriculum through fall year 3.
Clinical Experience: A twelve week full-time capstone clinical experience. A licensed physical therapist is responsible for supervision during the learning experience. Students will render evidence-based practice and perform as an entry-level physical therapist upon completion of this clinical experience. Students are expected to fully participate in all aspects of a physical therapist's scope of practice including direct patient care, documentation, consultation, education, critical inquiry, and administration in the clinical setting, and perform as an entry-level physical therapist upon completion of this clinical experience. Students will provide an in-service during this clinical experience and communicate regularly with a DCE via email to promote reflective thinking during the clinical experience. Student will explore an area of interest outside patient management through the completion of a project designed to meet the needs of the clinical site in coordination with the DCE and clinical site CCCE. Prerequisites: All courses in Years 1-3