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Program prerequisites


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Course descriptions

Program prerequisites

We encourage students to meet with their academic advisor to discuss any questions you may have about entry into the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.


Students graduating from accredited programs in physical therapy are eligible to take the physical therapy licensure exam. Successful completion of the exam is required to attain licensure in all states. Requirements for taking the exam vary by state. Students must apply separately to take the national exam and apply for licensing. The department will certify the student's readiness for these credentials, but is not responsible for obtaining, completing or returning the required forms

Course schedule

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Expand and Collapse PTH 6405 - Professionalism in Physical Therapy

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6410 - PT Administration I

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6480 - Critical Inquiry I

ntroduces physical therapy graduate students in the School of Health Sciences to the principles of Evidence-Based Practice. This course is the first of a three course series. In this course, students will develop clinical questions using the PICO framework, locate appropriate literature, read and interpret literature related to measurement reliability and validity, and accurately interpret diagnostic and prognostic studies. Topics include critical thinking and clinical reasoning, asking clinical questions (PICO), literature searches, critically appraised topics (CATS), reliability, validity, sensitivity and specificity, likelihood ratios, and predictive values. This class is lecture-based but will use an interactive approach where peer-review, group work, discussions and presentations are also used. The majority of assignments and course information are delivered electronically via blackboard.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6481 - Critical Inquiry II

urther develop the skills and knowledge related to the application of Evidence-Based Practice to the physical therapy profession. This course is the second of a three course series and emphasizes appraising intervention research. Students will ask clinical questions related to intervention, complete critically appraised topics (CATS) on intervention studies, and evaluate study design strengths and weaknesses. Other topics include levels of evidence, sampling, internal and external validity, parametric and nonparametric statistics, confidence intervals, intention to treat analysis, effect size, number needed to treat (NNT). Systematic reviews and Meta-analyses related to intervention will be appraised. This class is lecture-based but will use an interactive approach where peer-review, group work, discussions and presentations are also used. The majority of assignments and course information are delivered electronically via blackboard.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6505 - Kinesiology/Biomechanics

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6510 - Functional Anatomy

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6511 - Neuroscience

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6513 - Lifespan Motor Development

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6517 - Systems Screening and Management

Introduces differential screening techniques used by physical therapists as applied to diagnoses commonly treated by physical therapists and medical management of those diagnoses. Discusses principles of diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing, pharmacology, and their application in physical therapy.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6520 - PT Examination and Evaluation I

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6521 - PT Examination and Evaluation I

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6530 - PT Interventions I

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6531 - PT Interventions II

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6535 - Physiological Response to Injury and Exercise

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6910 - Patient/Client Management I

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 6950 - Clinical Experience I

Provides students the opportunity to apply physical therapy skills, knowledge and theory in a clinical setting. Students are followed by the CSS clinical education faculty, 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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7101 - Professional Engagement

Focuses on the program’s philosophy of professional behavior development as an essential component of academic and clinical success. Students will be introduced to and explore topics relevant to professional engagement and development with the intent of deepening their commitment to positive behaviors that will span their professional careers.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7411 - Physical Therapy Administration II

Second of a two course series related to administering and managing physical therapy services. Students will investigate topics related to organizational design, human resource management, strategic planning, marketing, and advocacy for patients/clients and the profession; and will advance application of outcomes assessment, risk management, and application of legal and ethical issues related to service provision.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7482 - Critical Inquiry III

Culminates in the application of Evidence-Based Practice skills to a clinical scenario. Students will integrate information from the previous two courses in the series to develop a clinical guideline for a case-based problem as would be seen in practice. Students will also learn about ethical guidelines when conducting research and the norms for properly citing rehabilitation literature.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7483 - Professional Project I

Design and organization of research that will assist answering basic or applied research questions. Focus will be on research design and preparation for the final research project in Professional Project II. Students are led by an expert faculty member in a designated research area.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7484 - Professional Project II

Critical review and interpretation of peer-reviewed literature in a focused topic area directed by a Physical Therapy faculty member. May also include the practical application of research methods for answering a question developed under faculty guidance.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7518 - Systems Screening and Management II

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7540 - Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Management

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7541 - Multiple System Evaluation and Management

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7545 - Neuromuscular Evaluation and Management I

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7546 - Neuromuscular Evaluation and Management II

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7560 - Cardiopulmonary Evaluation and Management

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7565 - Integumentary Evaluation and Management

Introduces the management and assessment of clients with integumentary disorders. Factors affecting wound repair will be presented. Tests and measures to assess skin integrity and tools for managing skin disorders will be discussed.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7567 - Life Span Applications I: Pediatrics

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7568 - Lifespan Applications II: Geriatrics

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7573 - Psychosocial Issues in PT

Analyzes the impact of a number of psychosocial factors that affect patient-practitioner relationships. Topics include communication, cultural and ethnic issues affecting interactions, perspectives on health/wellness, response to impairments and disabilities, sexuality, substance abuse, violence to self and others, and spirituality. Through in class activities and assignments, students will be able to express their viewpoints and relate how these topics affect their professional development.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7615 - Imaging for Physical Therapists

Examines diagnostic imaging principles and various techniques. Emphasis on a systematic approach to identify normal and pathological anatomy. Evidence informed clinical reasoning to guide imaging selection, utilization, referral/consultation, and patient/healthcare provider interactions.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7911 - Patient/Client Management II

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 7912 - Patient/Client Management III

Continued application of the patient/client management model. Integrated clinical experiences with pro bono service promote development of professional behaviors and clinical decision making. Integration of all coursework is demonstrated through the creation and progression of plans of care. Further development of interprofessional competency, clinical teaching, self and peer assessment skills is emphasized.

Expand and Collapse PTH 8951 - Clinical Internship II

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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 8952 - Clinical Internship III

Provides for further development, manipulation, and utilization of knowledge and skills, and for continued professionalization. This internship may occur in a variety of settings with students required to complete an inpatient, outpatient and rural setting internship within the program. By the end of this internship the student is expected, under the direct supervision of a clinical instructor, to be demonstrating entry level skill for most areas of patient management within the assigned setting.

Expand and Collapse PTH 8953 - Clinical Internship IV

Terminal 10-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.

Expand and Collapse PTH 8980 - Capstone

Culminating course requiring application of all skills learned in the program. Main outcome is in-depth patient case study that is presented in both written and oral formats.