Physical Therapy Course Descriptions

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PTH 6100 - Professional Behaviors I - 0 cr.
First in a four course series focusing on the program's requirement of professional behaviors development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Using multidimensional assessment and evaluation, students begin to integrate professional knowledge and behavioral skills associated with success in the profession.


PTH 6101 - Professional Behaviors II - 0 cr.
Second in a four course series focusing on the program's requirement of professional behaviors development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Using multidimensional assessment and evaluation, students will demonstrate sufficient integration and application of professional knowledge and behavioral skills for progression to the first full-time clinical internship.


PTH 6405 - Professionalism in Physical Therapy - 2 cr.
Focuses on the profession of and professionalism in physical therapy. Socialization into the profession is examined from program, state, and national perspectives. Professionalism focuses on development of ethical practice, professional interaction, regulation, documentation, cultural competence, and the physical therapist’s role as an educator.

Crosslist Course: PTH 5405


PTH 6410 - PT Administration I - 1 cr.
First of a three course series related to the administration and management of physical therapy services. The major forms of health care delivery and reimbursement models are investigated. Billing for physical therapy interventions is covered and the interaction of ethical and legal issues is addressed.


PTH 6480 - Critical Inquiry I - 1 cr.
Introductory course provides a foundation for evidence based practice. Research methods, ethics and statistical procedures commonly used in physical therapy are reviewed and discussed. Concepts related to validity and reliability are emphasized.


PTH 6505 - Kinesiology/Biomechanics - 2 cr.
Provides foundational knowledge for understanding normal human movement. Emphasis is on biomechanics, joint structure and function, and muscle activity in the human body concurrent with body regions covered in the Functional Anatomy course. The interaction between joints and movement during common activities of daily living is examined.

Crosslist Course: PTH 5505


PTH 6510 - Functional Anatomy - 4 cr.
An advanced, regional, musculoskeletal anatomy course that emphasizes the study of functional relationships among musculature, nervous tissue, vascular, and skeletal components for the extremities and axial skeleton. Cadaver dissection laboratory experience is used to enhance understanding of three-dimensional anatomical relationships for specific body regions.

Crosslist Course: PTH 5510


PTH 6511 - Neuroscience - 5 cr.
Studies the anatomy and physiology of the adult nervous system. Sensation, perception, cognition, and motor control are examined. Application includes analysis of normal functions as well as the effects of pathological lesions affecting the nervous system.

Crosslist Courses: OTH 5511, OTH 5515


PTH 6513 - Life Span Motor Development - 3 cr.
Theories of motor development across the lifespan are presented in the context of physical therapy practice. Emphasis is on normal age related changes from infancy and childhood through mature adulthood and late life.


PTH 6517 - Systems Screening & MGT I - 3 cr.
The first of a two course series dealing with medical diagnoses and medical management of pathologies commonly treated by physical therapists. Principles of diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing, pharmacology, and their application in physical therapy are discussed.


PTH 6520 - PT Exam & Eval I - 4 cr.
First of a two course sequence focuses on the acquisition of fundamental examination skills in physical therapy practice. Students are introduced to the patient/client management model and learn how to perform a subjective examination and basic objective tests and measures for the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and integumentary systems. Clinical reasoning is introduced related to the diagnostic process and identification of referral situations.


PTH 6521 - PT Exam & Eval II - 4 cr.
Second course in the sequence of acquiring fundamental examination, evaluation and clinical reasoning skills. Patients/ clients with multi-system dysfunction are addressed. Environment, home, and work (job/ school/ play) assessments are incorporated into clinical reasoning.


PTH 6530 - PT Interventions I - 4 cr.
First of a two-course sequence designed to develop skilled application of interventions in the physical therapy management of patients. Students apply evaluation, diagnostic, and prognostic information to develop a plan of care for specific joint or regional applications of procedural interventions pertaining to electrotherapy, physical agents, and mechanical modalities. Competency in the application of interventions includes appropriate modification of the intervention plan based on monitoring patient response and individual patient needs and characteristics.


PTH 6531 - PT Interventions II - 4 cr.
Second course in the sequence designed to develop skilled application of exercise in the physical therapy management of patients. Students develop competency in application of evaluation, diagnostic, and prognostic information in to developing a plan of care that includes prescribing exercises, monitoring patient's response and program progression.


PTH 6535 - Physiological Response Inj/Ex - 3 cr.
A comprehensive study of the interrelated effects of exercise, injury, and healing processes on normal tissues. Included are discussions about inflammation, pain, edema, nutrition, acute and chronic exercise. Tissue dynamics of the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and integumentary systems as they relate to physical therapy are emphasized.


PTH 6777 - Physical Therapy Topics - 0-4 cr.
Topics in Physical Therapy.


PTH 6901 - Internship Preparation - 0 cr.
Designed to prepare students for their first clinical internship experience. Included are the roles of the clinical and academic internship team members, professional communications specific to internships, and strategies for maximizing the internship experience. Procedures, requirements and assignments for pre-internship and internship processes are presented.


PTH 6910 - Patient/Client MGT I - 2 cr.
First of a four course series designed to integrate multiple aspects of the student's professional education. Integration and application of professional skills, knowledge, and behaviors to patient/client problems through case studies, clinic rotations, and role playing is emphasized. Comprehensive management of the patient/client whose physical therapy needs require basic level skills is the focus for clinical decision-making and plan of care development.


PTH 6950 - Full-time Clinical Experience - 4 cr.
Provides students the opportunity to apply physical therapy skills, knowledge and theory in a clinical setting. Students are followed by the CSS Director of Clinical Education (DCE), but are directly supervised by on-site Clinical Instructors (CI). Development of professional behaviors continues as students interact daily with patients, clients, physical therapists, and other health care providers

Crosslist Course: PTH 5950


PTH 6999 - Independent Study - 1-8 cr.
Independent Study in Physical Therapy.


PTH 7102 - Professional Behaviors III - 0 cr.
Third in a four course series focusing on the program's requirement of professional behaviors development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Using multidimensional assessment and evaluation, students integrate and apply professional knowledge and behavioral skills associated with success in the profession.


PTH 7103 - Professional Behaviors IV - 1 cr.
Final course in a four part series addressing professional behaviors and values, which are program requirements. Students complete the professional behavior portfolio to display attainment of desired professional behaviors and skills needed for readiness in clinical settings and necessary for success in the physical therapy profession. Self reflection, self analysis, and collective faculty evaluation provide mechanisms for continued professional development while enrolled in the program.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6103


PTH 7411 - Physical Therapy Admin II - 2 cr.
Addresses organizational structure, practice settings, leadership, and cost accountability. Included are issues related to human and facility resource management. Ethical, legal, and professional issues are interwoven into the course.


PTH 7412 - PT Administration & Advocacy - 3 cr.
Focuses on issues related to strategic planning, marketing, and quality assurance/outcomes assessment. Continued application of legal and ethical issues related to provision of physical therapy services.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6412


PTH 7481 - Critical Inquiry II - 2 cr.
Advanced application of evidence based practice through the critical review of research literature in physical therapy and related disciplines. Focus is on applying knowledge of statistics and research methodology to determine the appropriate incorporation of results into clinical practice.


PTH 7482 - Critical Inquiry III - 2 cr.
Students work in small groups to advance their knowledge of scholarly research methods and critical review under the guidance of a faculty advisor in an area of the faculty's expertise. Students participate in a scientific poster presentation and compile a final research review paper.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6482


PTH 7518 - Systems Screening & Mgmt II - 3 cr.
Second of a two course series focuses on the medical management of various musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases and conditions along with the implications for physical therapy management of those patients/clients. Medical management of pediatric diagnoses is covered relative to physical therapy and lifespan implications.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6518


PTH 7540 - Musculoskeletal Eval & MGT - 4 cr.
Application of advanced physical therapy evaluation and interventions to patients/clients whose primary impairment or movement-limiting dysfunction is musculoskeletal in origin. Focus is on development of manual therapy techniques. Evidence-based practice and clinical decision-making are incorporated as they relate to developing, monitoring and progression of a patient's plan of care.


PTH 7541 - Multiple System Evaluation and Management - 3 cr.
Focuses on management of patients whose primary impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions are due to multi-system involvement. Development of a comprehensive plan of care and application of interventions for complex patients is emphasized.


PTH 7545 - Neuromuscular Eval & MGT I - 3 cr.
A comprehensive study of the integration of physiologic theories and principles with neuromuscular rehabilitation. Current theories relating to the control of normal and impaired movement are investigated and used to provide a framework for evaluation of and intervention for individuals with disability resulting from neurologic injury or disease.


PTH 7546 - Neuromuscular Eval & MGT II - 3 cr.
Advances the study and application of patient/client management theories and skills for patients with neuromuscular system involvement. Emphasis is on evaluation and management of individuals in the areas of gait disturbance, vestibular dysfunction, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury.


PTH 7560 - Cardiopulmonary Eval & MGT - 3 cr.
A comprehensive study of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. The patient/client management model is applied to dysfunctions specifically involving these systems across the life span and the continuum of care. Managing critically ill patients in the intensive care unit and principles of primary and secondary prevention are discussed.


PTH 7565 - Integumentary Eval & Mgmt - 3 cr.
Introduces the evaluation and management of patients/clients with integumentary disorders. Factors affecting wound repair, wound infection, infection control and burns are presented. Tests and measures to assess skin integrity and tools to manage integumentary disorders are applied.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6565


PTH 7567 - Life Span Applications I: Pediatrics - 3 cr.
Entry-level approach to providing physical therapy services to pediatric patients/clients in a variety of settings. The patient/client management model is applied to multiple pediatric diagnoses and conditions. Abnormal development, therapeutic play, and behavior management are covered as essential components of pediatric physical therapy. Ethical, legal, and legislative issues affecting this population are addressed.


PTH 7568 - Lifespan App II: Geriatrics - 2 cr.
Entry-level approach to providing physical therapy services to geriatric patients/clients in a variety of settings. Application of the patient/ client management model is specific to this population. Legal, legislative, and ethical issues pertinent to geriatric patients/clients are discussed.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6568


PTH 7573 - Psychosocial Issues in PT - 2 cr.
Relates psychological and social factors that affect patient-practitioner interactions. Concepts related to communication, cultural competency, motivation, health, response to disability, sexuality, and abuse are discussed.


PTH 7710 - Pharmacology for P.T.'s - 3 cr.
Analysis of the common classifications of pharmacologic agents and their potential effects on physical therapy assessment and plan of care.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6710


PTH 7715 - Diagnostic Imaging - 2 cr.
Compares and contrasts various imaging techniques, including basics of assessment, interpretation of reports and formulation of referrals.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6715


PTH 7720 - Health Policy - 3 cr.
Analysis of legal issues surrounding health care in America and the promotion of advocacy for reform.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6720


PTH 7730 - Evidence Based Practice - 3 cr.
Applies concepts of evidence-based practice including basic concepts of research, statistics, and critical analysis of literature in a topic of interest to the learner.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6730


PTH 7777 - Physical Therapy Topics - 0-4 cr.
Topics in Physical Therapy.


PTH 7911 - Patient/Client Mgmt II - 2 cr.
Application of the patient/client management model. Students synthesize information from previous and concurrent course work to develop a plan of care for a patient/client with single or multiple system involvement with faculty guidance. Students participate in self and peer review processes. The course provides opportunities for hands-on examination, evaluation, and intervention with patients in a clinical setting.


PTH 7912 - PT/Client Mgmt III - 2 cr.
Continued application of the patient/client management model across the life span for problems of increasing complexity. Development of professional behaviors and integration of all coursework is demonstrated through the creation and progression of plans of care in a variety of service models and therapist roles.


PTH 7913 - PT/Client Mgmt IV - 1 cr.
Integration of program course work with clinical practice, emphasizing the continuum of care across the life span and in multiple practice settings. The patient/client management model is applied to various cases with additional emphasis on physical therapists’ roles as advocates, administrators, consultants and teachers. Readiness for clinical internship is demonstrated through competence in core knowledge, clinical skills and professionalism.

Crosslist Course: PTH 6913


PTH 8725 - Differential Screening - 3 cr.
Focuses on screening processes and clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Emphasis is on the differential screening processes for physical therapy and indications for referral. Students will identify a primary care clinician (physician, advance practice nurse, or physician's assistant) within their communities to be a mentor for hands on training in physical differential screening skills. Prerequisites include Pharmacology for Physical Therapists and Diagnostic Imaging.

Crosslist Course: PTH 7725


PTH 8735 - Clinical Experience - 2 cr.
Demonstration of physical therapy skills, knowledge, and behaviors/interactions with patient/clients, peers, and other professionals through development of a portfolio and a cumulative project in addition to participation in group discussions pertinent to professional development and project completion.

Crosslist Course: PTH 7735


PTH 8825 - Differential Screening - 3 cr.
Focuses on diagnostic process and clinical reasoning skills in patient/client management. Emphasis is on the differential diagnosis process for physical therapy and indications for referral. Prerequisites of PTH 7710 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists and PTH7715 Diagnostic Imaging


PTH 8890 - Elective in Physical Therapy - 1 cr.
An independent, supervised professional experience allowing the student to explore professional related content in greater detail. The elective can include, but not be limited to administration, policy, specialty area of clinical practice, research, or service learning.


PTH 8951 - Clinical Internship II - 4 cr.
Provides a second, full time opportunity to apply professional skills, knowledge, behavior, and theory in a clinical setting. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the student applies the elements of patient/client management in a physical therapy practice. Development of professional behavior continues as students interact daily with patients/clients, physical therapists, and other members of the health care team.

Crosslist Course: PTH 7951


PTH 8952 - Clinical Internship II - 6 cr.
The third full-time clinical experience occurs in a physical therapy practice setting different than experienced during previous internships. This internship provides further development, manipulation, and utilization of knowledge, skills and professionalism. Under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, the student is expected to demonstrate autonomy in the management of familiar diagnoses. This internship may occur in a rural or urban setting, but at least one rural setting is required during the internship series.


PTH 8953 - Clinical Internship IV - 6 cr.
Terminal ten week, full-time clinical internship representing the culmination of all previous course work. Students gain increased experience and depth of understanding for application and integration of skills, knowledge, and professional behaviors. By the end of this internship, the student is expected to demonstrate proficiency at the entry-level in all aspects of patient/client management. This internship may occur in a rural or urban setting, but at least one rural setting is required during the internship series.


PTH 8980 - Capstone - 1 cr.
Culminating experience in professional education with focus on professional socialization, professional development, and case presentations. Preparation for the physical therapy licensure examination is emphasized.