This course explores a variety of chronic conditions and their sequelae, including metabolic, vascular, auto-immune, malignant, infectious and traumatic disorders. The course will cover the pathology, medical and surgical management, psychosocial issues, and the role of the physical therapist and other health care team members in patient evaluation and treatment.
This course provides an introduction to examination, evaluation and treatment for orthopedic conditions with the emphasis on peripheral conditions. Students learn and practice screening examinations and joint specific examinations including special tests. Differential diagnosis through selective tissue tensioning lays the initial foundation for patient case development and practice throughout the course. Students examine commonly utilized orthopedic outcome tools for reliability and validity.
This is the second of two courses designed to introduce students to the scientific and clinical principles involved in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions treated by physical therapists. This course will build on the orthopedic evaluation, assessment and intervention skills related to PT 550 Musculoskeletal I, PT 515 Therapeutic Skills III. This course will cover the anatomy, biomechanics, and the skills needed to evaluate and treat orthopedic related pathologies and disorders of the pelvic girdle and spine employing the assessment and intervention techniques from a McKenzie approach to low back pain and a Muscle Energy approach for the spine and pelvis. Additional topics will include Australian Lumbar Stabilization concepts, back school components and set up, ergonomics and work related functional capacity evaluations, work hardening and work conditioning programs.
This is the third of three courses designed to introduce students to the scientific and clinical principles involved in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions treated by physical therapists. This course will allow students to acquire more advanced skills in the evaluation and treatment of pelvic girdle, spinal, rib cage and temperomandibular joint related orthopedic pathologies and disorders. Manual therapy techniques will be discussed based on the biomechanics of the skeletal joints. Adjunctive treatment procedures used in orthopedics will be discussed. The goal of this course is to prepare the student to evaluate and treat common disorders of the spine, pelvic girdle, and rib cage and to be able to differentiate between distal and proximal nerve pathologies. Intervention approaches will emphasize the concept of identifying the tissue or tissues in lesion when possible and applying the Optimum Stimulation for Regeneration via manual therapy techniques and exercise. Major emphasis will be placed on Nordic manual techniques with frequent reference to Australian manual therapy concepts and Medical Exercise Training concepts. Case studies will be used to help students apply the concepts.
This course uses a mix of lectures, labs and small group sessions as well as independent study to help the student develop competencies in assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary impairments and associated disabilities so that they can provide safe and effective patient interventions. Students will develop assessment skills that will enable them to identify acute and chronic cardiopulmonary/cardiovascular impairments across the lifespan and to choose and apply treatment strategies appropriate to the problems identified during their assessment.
This course adds to the knowledge base of the student by providing instruction regarding the pathology of disease states, the implications of the disease as regards system impairments, functional limitations, and disablement. Further, the content will include discussions of the evidence in support of the available treatment of each disease discussed, and how the particular pathology influences the therapeutic regime. Students will participate in lectures and will use several vehicles to disseminate information about a chosen pathology.
This is the final eight-week full-time clinical experience, scheduled during the spring semester of the fifth and final year. This course is designed to provide the student with competency in the entry level skills of managing patients with simple to complex musculoskeletal dysfunction, neurological dysfunction, cardiopulmonary dysfunction, integumentary problems or complex medical conditions.
This course is the first in a four-semester Research Methods series. Students will work in groups to initiate a research project under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Students will conduct a literature review, formulate research questions, design a research methodology to answer those questions, and develop a research proposal. If appropriate, students will submit the proposal to an Institutional Review Board.
This course is the second course in a four-semester Research Methods series. It is intended to follow the IRB approval of a research proposal. During this semester students will work in groups with their research advisor to finalize their data collection protocol, establish a data collection management system, seek participants following the guidelines established by the IRB proposal and informed consent process, initiate data collection for their research project, and document collected data following the established management guidelines.
This course is the third course in the four-semester Research Methods series. It intends to prepare students for writing a journal quality manuscript, with appropriate use of statistical analysis. During this semester, students will work in groups to complete the data collection and analysis for their research projects.
This course is the final course in the four-semester Research Methods series. It prepares students for presentation of a completed research study using three different formats, including an oral presentation, a scientific paper, and a poster. The course discusses differences among these three formats, as well as the qualities that contribute to excellence and the pitfalls to avoid in each type of presentation. Students will also gain experience in writing a formal critique of a manuscript. Students are expected to apply the knowledge they have gained from other classes regarding presentations, communication, and education.
This course provides a review of neural, vascular, and musculoskeletal anatomy initially covered in the first gross anatomy course. This review will make use of previously prosected cadaveric specimens as it integrates knowledge of anatomical pathology learned in previous clinical physical therapy courses. This course serves as a review for the physical therapist licensing exam.
This course is designed to provide the PT student with clinical specialty skills in pediatric neuro-rehabilitation. Students will develop competencies in the assessment and management of the child diagnosed with any of the primary neurological conditions found in pediatrics. A holistic view of the child is stressed, especially the interrelationships among the child, the family, and the community.
This course is the second part of the series in neurological rehabilitation in the Physical Therapy program. It builds on the foundational courses of Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular I, covering the pathology, medical management, and physical therapy intervention for a number of neurological conditions that are representative of the most common neurological diagnoses seen in clinical practice. In addition to mastering new treatment techniques and interventions, students will learn to apply the principles and skills learned in previous courses to diverse neurologically-impaired populations. This course also exposes students to current benchwork scientific research related to the conditions studied, emphasizes critical analysis of primary scientific literature.
This elective course is designed to provide the student with a more in-depth approach to evaluation and treatment techniques for the spine, pelvic girdle and ribs from a manual therapy perspective. The main emphasis of the course will be on improving clinical reasoning skills in identifying the specific lesion(s) and the treatment approach. The second goal is to improve manual skills that emphasize the Nordic approach, the Australian lumbar and pelvic stabilization concepts and the use of exercise in rehab. The treatment concepts are based on current scientific research principles. The lab sessions emphasize the development of palpation and technique application skills. The integration of manual therapy skills with exercise programs and patient education is an important component of this course.
This elective course is designed as an overview of sports medicine from a physician-based model and a sports therapist perspective. This course includes a review of musculoskeletal therapies with an emphasis on manual skills for prevention, evaluation, and treatment of athletic injuries. The physician-based model provides an overview of all body systems as they pertain to athletics. Topics will emphasize variations from young to old and male to female athletes.
This course provides an analysis of contemporary upper and lower-limb orthotic and prosthetic components and trunk orthoses, including the biomechanical principles upon which the designs are based. Topics include the static and dynamic evaluation of patients fitted with orthoses and prostheses. Discussion will also include recent trends in early and prosthetic management for adults and children with amputation. The role of physical therapist as part of the rehabilitation team in selecting orthotic and prosthetic devices will be examined.
This course is designed as an overview of health and wellness as it can be incorporated into a physical therapy practice. This course will review statistics, risks, treatment options, and prevention strategies for many chronic health problems. Age and gender differences will be reviewed in the discussion of treatment and prevention strategies. Students will work in groups to develop and present a health and wellness business proposal. The final copy of this proposal will be in format suitable to deliver to the student's next employer.
This capstone course provides students with an overview of patient interview and evaluation techniques for the primary health care provider. As autonomous practitioners, physical therapists are responsible for identifying factors that affect a patient's response to treatment and may necessitate referral to a physician for follow-up and treatment. This course uses a case-based approach to the medical screening process to help students develop interview and evaluation skills that facilitate this process. In addition students will learn to use pharmacological and basic laboratory data essential to the screening process.