Courses in Physical Therapy - Doctor of Physical Therapy

PHT 716. Health Promotion for Self and Society. Covers health and health promotion topics across the lifespan. Students will begin to identify community needs that would benefit from a physical therapy program of prevention, health promotion, wellness, and screening services.  3 credits.

PHT 720. Neuroscience. Neuroscience examines the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system and changes that occur across the life-span, relevant pathophysiology and the functional manifestations of this pathology, and acquisition of basic neurologic examination skills.  4 credits.

PHT 726. Clinical Interventions I. First of a two course sequence designed to instruct students in the use of therapeutic modalities to affect change in human tissues. Laboratory exercises include applying modalities, gait training with various devices, and therapeutic exercise.  4 credits.

PHT 728. Musculoskeletal I. First of a two course sequence providing an in depth study of the evaluation, assessment, and treatment methods used in the management of musculoskeletal pathology and/or injury. This first component of the two course sequence will emphasize the upper and lower limbs, with an introductory component to the spine.  4 credits.

PHT 730. Clinical Interventions II. A continuation of Clinical Intervention I. This course will examine edema and integumentary concerns, incontinence, and specific exercise techniques.  4 credits.

PHT 732. Musculoskeletal II. Second of a two course sequence providing an in-depth study of the evaluation, assessment, and treatment methods used in the management of musculoskeletal pathology and injury. This course will build upon material studied in PHT 728 and emphasize anatomical, biomechanical, and physiological factors relevant to musculoskeletal dysfunction.  3 credits.

PHT 736. Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I. Provides an examination of techniques used in the examination and assessment of persons with nervous system dysfunction.  4 credits.

PHT 738. Geriatrics Physical Therapy. Presents the aging process in relation to pathokinesiology, the immune system, cardiopulmonary system, musculoskeletal system, neuromuscular function, and therapeutic intervention adaptation.  3 credits.

PHT 740. Prosthetics and Orthotics. Provides a detailed examination of the physical therapy management of individuals requiring splinting or bracing, as well as individuals with amputations requiring prosthetic devices.  2 credits.

PHT 752. Evidence in Practice. This is the third course in a four-part course sequence of critical inquiry/evidence-based physical therapy. The extensive use of Comprehensive Appraisals of a Topic Is the central theme of this semester. Current published research topics include: clinical prediction rules, prognosis, low back dysfunction, shoulder dysfunction and patient satisfaction.  2 credits.

PHT 760. Clinical Education I. Students will be assigned to a supervising Clinical Instructor (CI) and have the opportunity to examine, evaluate, propose, and implement intervention strategies in a full-time clinical experience. Students will complete documentation for patient care management and are expected to demonstrate professional behaviors.  Graded pass/fail. 3 credits.

PHT 762. Clinical Education II. A seven-week, full-time supervised clinical learning experience to provide students the opportunity to develop clinical competence in the physical therapy management of individuals in an ambulatory or inpatient environment.  Graded pass/fail. 3 credits.

PHT 764. Clinical Education III. The second, seven-week supervised clinical learning experience where students continue to develop clinical competence in the management of various musculoskeletal, cardiovascular- pulmonary, integumentary, and neuromuscular disorders.  Graded pass/fail. 3 credits.

PHT 795. Student Run Free Clinic III. This is one of a series of courses offered to all physical therapy students in the graduate phase of the program who are interested in participating in the LVC student run free physical therapy clinic for individuals who are underinsured/ uninsured in the community. Students have the opportunity to work with patients throughout the semester, as well as manage all aspects of the clinic. Students will be supervised throughout the experience by licensed physical therapists. Students will be required to undergo HIPPA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and CPR training and demonstrate competency in all areas prior to working in the clinic.  Graded pass/fail. 0 credits.

PHT 796. Student Run Free Clinic IV. This is one of a series of courses offered to all physical therapy students in the graduate phase of the program who are interested in participating in the LVC student run free physical therapy clinic for individuals who are underinsured/ uninsured in the community. Students have the opportunity to work with patients throughout the semester, as well as manage all aspects of the clinic. Students will be supervised throughout the experience by licensed physical therapists. Students will be required to undergo HIPPA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and CPR training and demonstrate competency in all areas prior to working in the clinic.  Graded pass/fail. 0 credits.

PHT 802. Physical Therapy Administration and Management. Examines current issues and trends in physical therapy clinical management.  4 credits.

PHT 830. Neuromuscular PT II. Examines in detail through a case-based approach specific neurologic conditions, the resulting impairments and functional limitations, and the physical therapy management of persons presenting with these conditions.  4 credits.

PHT 832. Pediatric Physical Therapy. Presents an introduction to the physical therapy management of pediatric patients. Topics include normal motor development, and client examination, evaluation, and intervention aimed at improving function and limiting disability.  4 credits.

PHT 834. Selected P.T. Practice Topics. This course will cover specialized physical therapy practice areas and advanced evaluative, assessment, and interventional strategies for special populations.  2 credits.

PHT 836. Differential Diagnosis. Designed to integrate the curricular content to date. In this capstone course, students will demonstrate differential diagnosis as it relates to autonomous practice in realistic clinical situations.  3 credits.

PHT 850. Critical Inquiry Capstone. This is the capstone course in a four-part course sequence of critical inquiry/evidence-based physical therapy. A formal case study is prepared in two formats for presentation at a professional meeting. The poster format is developed using the elements of the "Physical Therapist Patient Management Model" as well as a formal case study document detailing the evidence gathered.  2 credits.

PHT 860. Clinical Education IV. Final, full-time supervised clinical learning experience spanning sixteen weeks in a multidisciplinary care environment. Students will demonstrate patient management skills for pediatric or adult patients with complex medical diagnoses utilizing an evidence-based approach.  Graded pass/fail. 12 credits.

PHT 895. Student Run Free Clinic V. This is one of a series of courses offered to all physical therapy students in the graduate phase of the program who are interested in participating in the LVC student run free physical therapy clinic for individuals who are underinsured/ uninsured in the community. Students have the opportunity to work with patients throughout the semester, as well as manage all aspects of the clinic. Students will be supervised throughout the experience by licensed physical therapists. Students will be required to undergo HIPPA, OSHA, Standard Precautions, and CPR training and demonstrate competency in all areas prior to working in the clinic.  Graded pass/fail. 0 credits.