Physical Therapy


DPT-99A: Advanced Wound Care

Credits 1.0

This course aims to deepen students ’knowledge and skills in assessment and clinical reasoning skills for the treatment of the integumentary system and wound healing interventions. This course will build upon DPT 805 to provide students with current evidence-based education in the area of skin and wound management and upon completion will enable students to accurately assess, document, identify and plan appropriate and comprehensive patient treatment plans and interventions for the management of acute and intractable wounds.

DPT-99B: Basic McKenzie Method

Credits 1.0

This course is an introduction to basic McKenzie treatment concepts and treatments including the basic knowledge of derangement, dysfunction, and postural syndromes. Students will be introduced initial advanced manual treatments as well as deductive reasoning of injuries, pain patterns, and basic treatment options for cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines. The goal of this elective is to expand manual therapy skills as well as prepare the student for post-graduation continuing education courses in McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

DPT-701: Clinical Functional Anatomy

Credits 6.0

This course focuses on the concepts and principles of human anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology to be emphasized in future clinical courses. Its focus is on the detailed structure and function of the human musculoskeletal and neuromuscular system and reviews fundamental embryology, histology, and gross anatomical structure. It will concentrate on the relationships of normal and pathological embryological and developmental processes to gross anatomical structure, and the relationships of normal and abnormal anatomical structure to movement and function across the lifespan. Various teaching/learning methods will be used including lecture, laboratory, and dissection demonstrations. Laboratory sessions will allow students to acquire a three-dimensional appreciation of anatomical structure through instructor-guided human cadaver dissection and study of models and prosections. 

Prerequisites: DPT Professional Phase Year 1 Term 2 or permission of DPT Program

DPT-703: Appl Funct Anat & Biomech II

Credits 2.0

Applied Functional Anatomy and Blomechanics II. This course will build upon the fundamental embryology, histology, and gross anatomical structure acquired in Clinical Functional Anatomy (DPT 701) and emphasize the principles of applied function anatomy, kinesiology and blomechanlcs. This course, the second of two applied functional anatomy and biomechanics courses, will focus on the detailed structure and function of specific anatomical content introduced

DPT-714: Therapeutic Exer Prescr/Progr

Credits 3.0

This course provides a scientific basis for exercise prescription and progression for physical therapy practice. Students will consider underlying physiologic principles of therapeutic exercise in the prescription and progression of exercise programs to meet the needs of the individual patient. Students will be introduced to a variety of evidencebased tests and measures allowing for the assessment of physiologic function and an emphasis is placed on the ability to develop interventions for basic movement skills and their components. Students will be instructed on safe exercise selection and progression or regression of basic movement skills in consideration of the needs of the individual patient. Lectures and discussions will focus on applying the information from these topics into a framework for the design and implementation of exercise conditioning programs for various populations designed to improve performance and promote health enhancement. Laboratory sessions will emphasize development of the necessary psychomotor skills and their application alongside knowledge of physiologic principles through case-based problem solving to promote clinical reasoning. Additional theoretical and practical concepts related to optimization of the adaptations of human body functions to exercise will be discussed as advance considerations for physical therapy practice.

DPT-715: Princ & Application of Therap Modalities

Credits 2.0

Principles and Application of Therapeutic Modalitles. This lecture/laboratory course will Introduce and emphasize the physiologic effects of therapeutic modalities used on human tissue In clinical practice. Lectures wlll provide an in-depth study of the science of therapeutic modalities. Students will differentiate between the thermal, acoustic, mechanical, and electrical modalities commonly utilized In the cllnic.

DPT-721: Experiential Learn & Prof II

Credits 2.0

This Is the second course in a two-course series. This seminar format course will prepare the student for full-time clinical internship experiences by highlighting both the professlonal and practical aspects of the physical therapy profession. The student will be Introduced to essential Information pertaining to clinical performance and will learn how evaluation methods and tools will be implemented during the clinical internships.

DPT-723: Clinical Education Experience I

Credits 6.0

This is a nine (9) week full-time clinical internship designed to develop skills deemed appropriate for entry-level physical therapy practice. Those skills include but are not limited to examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention. To accomplish this, students will participate in direct patient care that may include gait training, transfer training, assessment and measurement, intervention and patient education. Integration of the previous semester's academic curriculum will be the focus of the clinical internship. The facilities utilized for the internship will focus on musculoskeletal or orthopedic patient care.

DPT-731: Musculoskeletal Exam & Rehab II

Credits 3.0

This lecture/laboratory course is the first of two courses that will teach the student the foundational elements of examination and assessment that apply to all patients with a potential need for physical therapy services as a foundation for direct patient care. Students will learn the components of musculoskeletal (MSK) examination and evaluation of the lower quarter within best evidenced-based research.

DPT-741: Clinical Medicine & Pathophysiology I

Credits 1.5

DPT 741: Clinical Medicine and Pathophysiology I. This course is a continuation of DPT 740 Clinical Medicine and Pathology I and the second in a three-part series. This course is designed to challenge the student to recognize and evaluate clinical presentations with suspicious or red flag signs and symptoms (S&S) with best evidenced-based research for possible referral to other health care providers.

DPT-799: Motor Learning & Control I

Credits 1.0

This course is the first of two courses that explores conceptual and practical issues in motor control and motor learning and helps to form an important theoretical foundation for the practice of evidence-based physical therapy. We will examine historical and contemporary theories of motor control, postural control, information processing and motor learning, as frameworks for understanding goal-directed, functional movement.

DPT-800: Motor Learning & Control II

Credits 2.0

This course is the second of two courses that explores conceptual and practical issues in motor control and motor learning and builds upon the theoretical foundation for the practice of evidence-based physical therapy developed in DPT 799 Motor Learning and Control I. This course will begin with an in-depth study of human development from the life span perspective, with an emphasis on development of human movement, postural control and their interrelationship to skill acquisition. Normal pediatric development milestones and phases of motor development will be the focus of the first half of this course. The second half of this course will have a strong emphasis on normal adult movement including task analysis using reinforcement of skills introduced in DPT 799: Motor Learning and Control I, gait analysis reinforcement from the skills developed in DPT 771: Patient Care Management Skills II, running mechanics, and alternative interventions to maintain normal postural mobility and stability. This course will provide the student with a foundation for examining, evaluating, and providing treatment interventions for individuals with musculoskeletal movement dysfunctions, primary and secondary impairments caused by neurological pathology and inclusive of patients with multi-system disorders. Emphasis is placed on understanding normal and impaired movement through discussion, hands on skill development and experiential learning opportunities focusing on motor control, motor learning, and neuroplasticity. Environmental demands, task demands, individual demands, discussed in previous motor control course DPT 799: Motor Leaning and Control I, will be analyzed from the perspectives of motor control, information processing, and motor learning. Potential functional constraints to the motor control and postural control systems will be explored using a systems model within the context of the ICF (International Class of Functioning, Disability and Health) model of enablement and the task oriented conceptual framework for intervention. These models will also be used as frameworks for evaluating movement dysfunction and for developing intervention plans.

DPT-810: Intro Research & Biostats

Credits 2.0

This first of the three courses in the research curriculum is dedicated to the standard of decision-making for health professionals known as evidence-based practice (EBP). This course focuses on the method of applying the best research evidence to patient care (one of three pillars of EBP). The goal of this is course is for students to value and understand the role of evidence-based clinical practice. This course aims for students to develop the beginning skills of becoming critical consumers of scientific literature. Students will develop skills that will enable them to systematically review the scientific literature and make informed decisions regarding applying research findings in their future physical therapy practice. The contents in this course will provide the students the skills to perform the first three steps of EBP: Ask, Acquire, and Appraise. Students will learn to convert clinical problems into structured and answerable clinical questions using the PICO model and other variants relative to the problem. Students will learn literature search techniques by selecting the highest level of evidence between primary and secondary research outputs with the understanding of the research design employed in the selected evidence. The literature search will also include using library resources (e.g., databases, librarians) to maximize and exhaust the literature. Finally, students will learn to correctly appraise the scientific literature by evaluating the validity, presence of biases, ethical concerns, and confidently interpreting statical results before deciding the evidence's applicability to practice. At the conclusion of the course, the students will be matched with a faculty with an ongoing research project as a research advisor. The students' research experience with their advisors will begin in DPT 811 and culminate in DPT 912 as a scientific poster. The poster will be presented at the Research Symposium in the Fall Semester of year three, concluding the research curriculum.

DPT-814: Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disability

Credits 3.0

This course applies biopsychosocial models of health, illness, and disability, including psychosocial aspects of disability; social attitudes and perceptions; and adjustment to and secondary effects of disability. This course will develop student competence in responding to individuals who are experiencing physical and psychiatric problems. Students will have had exposure to patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders in previous coursework and will therefore be able to consider the issues addressed in the course in the context of specific illnesses and/or disabilities relating to these body systems. Through readings, guest speakers, video, community experiences, and in class discussions, this course is intended to challenge the perception of both physical and psychiatric disability.

Prerequisites: DPT Professional Phase Year 2 Fall Semester status or permission of the DPT Program

DPT-840: Clinic Medic & Pathophysio II

Credits 2.0

This course is the second in a three-part clinical medicine complex series. It is the first of two courses with emphasis on neuromuscular pathology and diagnosis. It is designed to challenge the student to evaluate the knowledge of clinical presentations associated with the neuromuscular system as a foundation for direct patient/client care and research. During the course of the semester students will be challenged to investigate similar presenting neuromuscular diagnosis and through clinical evaluation and physiological presentation demonstrate their ability to provide the appropriate prognosis and desired medical and therapeutic interventions given the diagnosis. Topics will correspond with the diagnosis and neuromuscular pathologies being discussed concurrently in DPT 830: Neuromuscular Examination and Rehabilitation I. Characteristics of common neuromuscular pathologies will be addressed, including normal physiology, etiology; epidemiology; underlying pathophysiology and histology; clinical signs and symptoms related impairments, activity and participation limitations; natural history and prognosis; diagnostic medical procedures; differential diagnosis; medical, pharmacological and surgical management; and expected outcomes. Differential diagnosis related to neuromuscular pathology will be emphasized and applied to determine appropriateness of physical therapy intervention.

DPT-850: Interprofessional Seminar Rehab Medi III

Credits 1.0

The third of five courses in the curriculum dedicated to application of interprofessional practice and education (IPE) initiatives in the preparation of healthcare professionals. This course focuses on experiential learning of the core competency domain of interprofessional communication. This course immerses students in opportunities to develop the skills and behaviors necessary to effectively communicate with patients, families and other professional members of the interprofessional collaborative health care team. This course will consider student exposure to patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders from previous and concurrent coursework as well as clinical experience using case-based problem-solving and high-fidelity simulation experiences. Each session will utilize elements of planning, preparation, debriefing and evaluation consistent with the requirements of an IPE experience and will focus on a specific behavior or skill necessary to the enhancement of trust, respect and collaboration in interprofessional practice.

DPT-851: Inter-Prof Seminar Rehab IV

Credits 1.0

This course focuses on the application of interprofessional collaboration skills within the context of theoretical constructs and underpinnings of IPE. Students will apply the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Competency Domains of values/ethics, roles/responsibilities, communication, and teams/teamwork as they relate to different healthcare professions and patient populations with a focus on neurological rehabilitation. Simulation and role-playing scenarios will allow for the practice of interprofessional collaborative practice.