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PT 700 Clinical Neuroscience
Provides an in-depth study of the central nervous system, including changes that occur during development as a result of aging and injury. Neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and their application to the development of human posture and movement are included. Problem-based, patient-centered cases in class, as well as from PT 701, provide early linkages of content across courses. Laboratory work includes human brain and spinal cord dissection, when possible. Offered fall semester only. Corequisite: PT 701. (5)

PT 701 Applied Pathophysiology
Examines the effects of pathological and age-related changes of major organ systems on general health and human movement. Basic pharmacological principles and medical terminology are included in course content. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities, link the content across courses, and link the content to clinical practice. Offered fall semester only. Corequisite: PT 700. (6)

PT 702 Health Care Delivery and Contemporary Society
An overview of the demographic, social, economic, historical, and legislative forces affecting the delivery of health care in the United States and in other countries. The students will develop an understanding of the roles of the consumer as well as the role of the health care provider in the current system. Cultural, sociological, educational, and ethical issues that influence roles and responsibilities of consumers and health professionals are emphasized. Offered fall semester only. (3)

PT 710 Gross Anatomy
Provides an in-depth study of the gross anatomical structures and kinesiological principles underlying movement of the neck, upper extremity, thorax, abdomen, lumbosacral region, lower extremity, head, and face. Problem-based, patient-centered cases from PT 711 provide linkages of content across courses. Laboratory work includes human cadaver dissection and use of prosected cadaver materials. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702. Corequisites: PT 711 and PT 712. (6)

PT 711 Foundations of Physical Therapy Examination, Evaluation, and Diagnosis
Includes fundamental patient care skills (safety, patient handling, transfers, etc.), basic kinesiology and muscle physiology as they relate to therapeutic exercise, and basic evaluation and treatment procedures. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities, link content across courses and to clinical practice. One-half day per week is spent in supervised clinical practice. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702. Corequisites: PT 710 and PT 712. (6)

PT 712 Evidence-Based Practice I: Critical Assessment of Information
This course prepares students to locate appropriate primary and secondary physical therapy literature resources and to critically analyze the quality and applicability of these resources in answering clinical questions. Prerequisites: PT 700-702. Corequisites: PT 710-711. (3)

PT 713 Therapeutic and Scientific Principles of Exercise
The goal of this course is to provide Physical Therapy students with knowledge of how exercise has an acute and chronic effect on the cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. An emphasis will be placed on the physiology of exercise in health and fitness, as well as within clinical populations. The benefits and use of exercise will be explored across the spectrum of individuals and ages — from those with disease to those who are healthy. Special populations will be reviewed with regard to exercise and fitness testing, prescription, and training in the context of physical therapy practice. Prerequisites: PT 701, PT 710, PT 711. (3)

PT 720 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Peripheral Musculoskeletal Disorders
Focuses on the management of patients with musculoskeletal disorders particularly affecting the appendicular skeleton. Emphasis is on outpatient rehabilitation to normalize movement and prevent injury recurrence. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities. The theory and practice of manual therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), and progressive orthopedic rehabilitation are major components of the course. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, 710-712. Corequisite: PT 721. (5)

PT 721 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Spinal Musculoskeletal Disorders
Emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with vertebral joint dysfunction of the axial skeleton. The Maitland approach is emphasized. The laboratory activities focus on the safe and competent application of evaluation procedures and treatment interventions associated with the axial skeletal region, emphasizing orthopedic manual techniques. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, 710-712. Corequisite: PT 720. (5)

PT 722 Physical Agents and Electrotherapeutics
Provides a theoretical foundation and evidence from contemporary literature for selection and application of therapeutic modalities, e.g., heat, cold, massage, and electrical equipment utilized in clinical practice. In addition, electrodiagnostic procedures are introduced as components of patient examination and evaluation. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712. Corequisites: PT 720-721. (3)

PT 723 Research Principles and Design
This course focuses on the development of the skills needed by physical therapists to effectively fulfill their role as participants in the research process. Students examine and analyze common research designs, methodologies, ethical considerations, and statistical procedures used to answer research questions related to physical therapy. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712. (3)

PT 730 Evaluation and Management of Patients in Acute Care
Focuses on PT management of patients with acute medical and surgical conditions, emphasizing PT practice in the acute care hospital, subacute treatment center, and early phase home care. Long-term rehabilitation and preventative aspects of care of patients with cardiac and pulmonary conditions and amputations are included. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723. Corequisite: PT 731. (5)

PT 731 Clinical Application of Physical Therapy Management of Patients in Acute Care
This course includes laboratory activities focusing on the safe and competent application of physical therapy examination procedures and treatment interventions associated with the content of PT 730. Problem-based, patient-centered cases guide the learning activities, as students participate in small-group tutorial sessions twice weekly. One-half day per week is spent in supervised clinical practice. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723. Corequisite: PT 730. (5)

PT 732 The Physical Therapist as a Manager
In this course, students apply concepts and principles of management in the delivery of physical therapy services to the individual patient, selected health care organizations, and the community. The student also gains exposure to contemporary health care administration practices in representative segments of the health care industry and to the historical basis from which the current system evolved. The course also includes a quality assurance program, concepts of accountability, cost-effectiveness and efficacy of services, organizational behavior, marketing strategies, facility planning, and outcome assessment measurement and utilization. Offered spring semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723. (3)

PT 733 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice II: Applying Evidence in the Clinical Environment
Prepares students to apply principles of evidence-based practice in the day-to-day clinical decision making of physical therapists. The course emphasizes effective communication of evidence to defend clinical decisions. Prerequisite: PT 712, PT 723, or permission of instructor. (2)

PT 740 Evaluation and Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
Supports the development of proficiency in the physical therapy examination and management of patients with neurological dysfunction. Emphasis is on post-acute or rehab management of the patient, which typically occurs in a rehabilitation setting, long-term care facility/skilled nursing facility, home care environment, school setting, or adult day care/community re-entry setting. Utilization of a consistent framework for examining and evaluating patients and justification of intervention/evidence-based practice will be emphasized throughout the course. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723, PT 730-734. Corequisite: PT 741. (5)

PT 741 Clinical Applications of Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Neurological Disorders
An applications and laboratory course focusing on safe and competent examination and treatment techniques used in the management of the adult or child patient with neurological dysfunction. The lecture component of this course follows the organization of PT 740. Visiting patients and clinical opportunities will allow students to apply knowledge and skills to actual patients. Offered fall semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723, PT 730-734. Corequisite: PT 740. (5)

PT 744 Case Report I: Foundations
Prepares students to engage in case report research: patient selection, clinical question development, literature review, data gathering, and outcomes reporting. This is a foundational course for PT 803 in which a comprehensive case report is prepared and disseminated. Prerequisites: PT 700-734 and PT 800. Corequisites: PT 740, PT 741, and PT 743. (2)

PT 745 Clinical Practice Synthesis
Physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy participate as primary care and prevention practitioners in health care. Screening for referral to other practitioners; identifying individuals at risk for disease or injury as a consequence of predisposing factors and/or lifestyle behaviors; and promoting health, fitness, and wellness among special populations are emphasized in this course. Prerequisites: PT 700-734 and PT 800. Corequisites: PT 740, PT 741, and PT 743. (3)

PT 754 Capstone Seminar
This is a capstone course where students analyze professional behaviors and issues observed in the clinic with examination of application strategies for decision making to assure ethical and legal behavior as well as autonomy of practice. Current practice, professional issues, and the changing role of the physical therapist will be emphasized. A comprehensive examination, aimed at preparedness for general, entry-level practice, is included in this course. Students must successfully pass this exam to graduate. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723, PT 730-734, PT 740-741, PT 744-746, PT 800-801. (2)

PT 755 Topics in Specialty Practice
Physical therapists often focus their practice in self-selected specialty areas. This course explores various specialty practice settings, allowing students to delve more deeply into the unique opportunities and skill sets required to succeed as an autonomous practitioner in one of several specialty practice settings. The specific settings covered in the course will be based on student interest and current trends in the field. Relevant patient screening, differential diagnosis, and interventions will be addressed as well as the role of the PT as the primary health care provider, consultant, patient educator, manager of services, and patient advocate in the specialty practice setting. Prerequisites: PT 800-801. (2)

PT 799 Independent Study
Allows a PT student to investigate — under the direction of a faculty member — a topic of interest, relevance, and importance to his/her own professional development as a physical therapist. Prerequisite: approval of department chair. (1-4)

PT 800 Clinical Practicum I
Provides 12 weeks of full-time supervised clinical education. It takes place between the second and third academic years. This course will provide in-depth exposure and hands-on experience in the clinical setting. The clinical sites will include acute care medical centers, subacute centers, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics. Offered summer semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723, PT 730-734. (6)

PT 801 Clinical Practicum II
Provides 8 weeks of full-time supervised clinical education. It takes place during the third academic year, after completion of the fall semester. This course will provide in-depth exposure and hands-on experience in the clinical setting. The clinical sites will include acute-care medical centers, subacute centers, home health agencies, and outpatient clinics. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723, PT 730-734, PT 740-743, PT 800. (4)

PT 802 Clinical Practicum III
The final, 12-week, full-time supervised clinical education experience, this course takes place during the third academic year. This course will provide in-depth exposure and hands-on experience in the clinical setting. Students may have the opportunity to develop areas of special interest, such as pediatrics in the school system, hand therapy, burns, or sports medicine. The clinical sites will include acute-care medical centers, subacute centers, home health agencies, outpatient clinics, and specialized practice centers. Offered summer semester only. Prerequisites: PT 700-702, PT 710-712, PT 720-723, PT 730-734, PT 740-743, PT 754. (6)

PT 803 Clinical Case Reports
The purpose of this course is to prepare, write, and disseminate a patient case report. The course outcome is an individual case report prepared so that it is ready for journal submission and presented in both oral and poster formats following the Guidelines for Submitting Case Reports to PTJ. Prerequisites: PT 712, PT 723, PT 733, and PT 744. (3)