Physical Therapy (Entry Level DPT)

Curriculum Requirements

Note: Total credits for program = 118

coursecredits
PHY 5400 - Physiology
The course provides students in the Physical Therapy Program with an understanding of the basic physio-chemical concepts and physiological principles underlying the development, maintenance and propagation of human life. It provides an examination of the physiological processes essential for students in the College of Health Care Sciences and reference to clinical applications is made where appropriate. Topics include basic examinations of cellular processes, membrane mechanisms, muscle physiology, the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, renal physiology, the respiratory system, endocrinology, reproductive physiology and gastrointestinal physiology.
3
ANA 5420: Anatomy
The study of structural and functional features of the human body in both lecture and cadaver lab format. The student will have an anatomical basis for understanding and applying information presented in basic science and clinical courses and for understanding clinical problems.
5
PHT 5610: Clinical Application of Anatomy for Physical Therapists
Clinical Applications of Anatomy for Physical Therapists addresses anatomical knowledge specific to the practice of physical therapy. This course is an in-depth study of joint anatomy including muscular attachments, ligamentous structures, neural innervation, and contribution to movement. Palpation of key bony and soft-tissue structures will be introduced. Co-requisite: ANA 5420
1
PHT 5611: Introduction to Physical Therapy
Introduces the new PT student to the program and the PT profession. It addresses the history of physical therapy, the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, and medical terminology. Professional socialization begins through introduction to ethical and professional standards (including decision-making, supervision, and delegation) and state and federal laws governing PT practice (including issues requiring advocacy). Certifications required for clinical practice such as CPR, AIDS etc. will be acquired. Students are required to join the American Physical Therapy Association.
3
Total: 12
coursecredits
PHT 6705: Essentials of Exercise Physiology
Exercise physiology describes the response to exercise and training on the cardiac, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neural, and endocrine systems of the human body. Nutritional considerations as well as enhancing supplements will be discussed as they relate to exercise, athletics and physical therapy. The various methods of training for increased strength, hypertrophy, power, cardiovascular fitness, and endurance, and the effects of physical activities and work-related stress on the human organism will be discussed. Energy liberation, circulation and respiration, physical work capacity, physical training, energy cost of various activities, nutrition and performance, temperature regulation, factors affecting performance and fitness, and the physiology of various sport activities will be covered. Students will gain the knowledge required for designing exercise programs in the general and special populations based on established needs for function and performance. The course will also explore the professional role of physical therapists as advocates of health, wellness and prevention, including the following topics: Healthy People 2020 initiatives, APTA's vision 2020, wellness theory/models, dimensions of wellness, holistic versus conventional medicine, outcome measurement of wellness and quality of life, screening for health/fitness/wellness, and considerations for special populations. Upon completion of this course students are encouraged to prepare for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), General Strength and Conditioning Examination.
3
PHT 6710: Clinical Skills I
Introduces students to basic PT examination and interventions in accordance with the patient management model found in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. Students will safely interact and communicate with patients including history taking and producing documentation of patient status. Safe performance of psychomotor skills such as patient postural assessments, positioning and draping, palpation addressing surface anatomy of the head, trunk and extremities, bed mobility, transfers, the use of assistive gait devices, vital signs monitoring, and patient guarding and handling techniques will be emphasized. An overview of the terms related to CPT-coding and reimbursement will be provided. This course will provide students with an understanding of how cultural beliefs are an integral part of clinical practice, giving students an opportunity to develop self-awareness, knowledge and skills related to providing and promoting culturally competent patient care.
4
PHT 6714: Pharmacology
The course will be clinically oriented to address the physical therapist's knowledge of clinical pharmacology to the Doctor of Physical Therapy level. Prescription, over-the-counter, and common herbal supplements will be included. Drug classification, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, mechanism of action, and indications for use will be addressed. Drug action, therapeutic dosage schedules, drug interactions, and common side effects will be brought into the clinical perspective of patient management. Recognition of expected drug effects, side effects, idiosyncratic reactions and signs of abuse or non-compliance will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on the therapist's incorporation of pharmacotherapeutic knowledge into physical therapy patient-client management.
3
PHT 6715: Essentials of Biomechanics and Kinesiology
This is a foundational science course that introduces physical therapy students to the study of Biomechanics and Kinesiology. The students will integrate anatomy (knowledge of muscle and joint structure) with the study of joint motion and functional movements. The course introduces the student to the basic principles of biomechanics including kinetics, kinematics, and tissue biomechanics. Basic biomechanics serves as the foundation for understanding kinesiology. The study of kinesiology will be separated by body parts: kinesiology of the upper extremity, the lower extremity, and the spine. Once the regional knowledge of kinesiology is understood, the final outcome of the course will be that the students comprehend complex kinesiologic analysis: gait, posture, and functional movements.
3
PHT 6716: Medical Pathology for PTs
This course provides an introductory overview of medical pathology commonly seen by physical therapists across the lifespan. Students will be introduced to immunity, tissue response to injury and healing processes. Students will also gain knowledge of signs and symptoms, pathogenesis and differential diagnosis of selected pathological disorders. Medical management of selected disorders will be introduced as well as prognosis associated with each disorder. Application of the Disablement Model will be used to determine the effect of pathological disorders on functional ability. Students will also gain a brief understanding of the role of the physical therapist in prevention and treatment of selected pathological and biopsychosocial disorders. Discussion will take place regarding cultural and other factors affecting diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pathological disorders and biopsychosocial disorders currently affecting society.
3
Total: 14
course credits
ANA 5423: Neuroanatomy
This course will examine the structural, functional and developmental features of the human nervous system with reference to different disease states. It establishes an anatomical basis for the study and understanding of the nervous system as presented in the classroom and the lab. Application of these studies will help in the solving of problems encountered in your career as a future health care professional.
3
PHT 6700: Evidence-based Practice I: Introduction to Research Methods & Data Analysis
This course allows the learner to gain skill in reviewing research literature. It includes an overview of the principles of measurement, reliability and validity, an understanding of the four levels of measurement: nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio, research ethics, and critical literature analysis. It employs a creative, problem-solving experience during which you will develop a global understanding of the concepts and principles of research and begin to critically analyze healthcare research literature. The student will also begin to recognize the importance of and the role of research in clinical practice.
3
PHT 6701: Cultural Competence in Healthcare Practice
In this course, concepts of cultural competence related to healthcare will be explored, with students given an opportunity to actively incorporate principles of cultural competency to real-life situations. The course will provide students with an understanding of how cultural beliefs are an integral part of clinical practice, giving students an opportunity to develop self awareness, knowledge and skills related to providing and promoting culturally competent patient care. Issues related to healthcare disparity and access, epidemiology and various health domains as they relate to cultural barriers will be presented. Lecture and large/small group interactive discussions are used in conjunction with case studies, self reflective journals, community visits and group projects to assist students with exploring their values and beliefs and integrating didactic knowledge into simulated and real-life clinical experiences. Students will have an opportunity to practice application of core course concepts via classroom role plays and clinical site visits.
1
PHT 6706: Tier 1A Clinical Education/Topics in Gerontology
This is a self-contained, collaborative, clinical education model where students are directly supervised in the clinic by academic faculty. Students practice the evaluation and treatment skills learned in the curriculum concurrently and cumulatively in a skilled nursing facility and acute care hospital joint replacement unit. Students see patients/clients 3 full days over the course of the semester to apply learned examination/evaluation and treatment skills in underserved geriatric populations and other adult populations. Emphasis is on developing skills in professional behavior, clinical safety, communication, therapeutic presences, assessment, examination, screening, basic treatment planning and performance of basic skill intervention based primarily on Clinical Skills I with introduction of some of the skills in Clinical Skills II. Theories, research and unique characteristics and behaviors related to aging, geriatric medicine and physical therapy will be explored in light of current healthcare trends, clinical practice and predictions.
2
PHT 6720: Clinical Skills II
This course presents models for clinical decision-making including the patient care management model as presented in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. Students will learn to safely apply assessment and intervention techniques that address range of motion and strength deficits. Safe performance of psychomotor skills such as goniometric measurements, MMT, therapeutic exercises, PNF, and tilt/standing table and parallel bars will be emphasized.
3
PHT 6721: The Healthcare Educator
Teaching is an integral part of physical therapy practice and one of the foundations of a doctoring profession. This course explores both the theoretical basis and the practical techniques related to patient-related instruction, designing educational programs/in-services, evaluating program/teaching effectiveness, facilitating behavior change, creating professional presentations, and engaging in clinical education. Students will also explore learning styles and factors that impact learning across the lifespan, and the many issues that impact patient education, from both a health care professional and management perspective. Adult education theory, patient/therapist interaction, communication barriers, strategies for success, web-based patient education, documentation, federal laws and initiatives and standards for patient education are some of the topics that will be examined.
1
PHT 6722: Integumentary System
The structure and function of the integument is presented. Skin functions in homeostasis including protection, regulation of body temperature, sensory reception, water balance, synthesis of vitamins and hormones, and absorption of materials. Students will safely perform physical therapy assessment and explore interventions for wounds and edema based on the current literature such as dressings, therapeutic massage, compression, and hydro and electrotherapeutic modalities. Assistive, adaptive supportive devices and equipment to prevent or relieve skin trauma will be addressed. At the end of this course the students will be able to evaluate, treat, and document disorders of the skin that are frequently treated by PTs. The students will also be able to determine whether a skin disorder needs referral to another appropriate health care provider.
2
PHT 6725: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary PT
This course provides an overview of the related pathologies, diagnostic and medical-surgical procedures of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. Physiological principles of exercise will be applied to cardiovascular and pulmonary examination and intervention for given pathologies. Students will demonstrate PT cardiovascular and pulmonary examination, procedures, treatment planning, documentation and outcome measurement across all clinical settings and explore interventions related to exercise, functional activities and airway clearance. The relevance of clinical laboratory values and medical/surgical diagnostics and interventions associated with cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunctions will also be covered. Case studies are used in conjunction with lecture, and interactive teaching and learning to assist students in integrating didactic knowledge into simulated and real-life scenarios including laboratory skills. Course pre-requisite: PHT 6705: Exercise Physiology and PHT 6714: Pharmacology
3
PHT 6811: Tier IB Clinical Education
Students will see patients/clients during a 4-week full-time immersion at an assigned clinical site to apply examination, evaluation and treatment skills. Students will integrate the didactic information from the first year and be exposed to professional roles and issues in an authentic context.
2
Total: 20

Second Year Students

course credits
PHT 6810: Musculoskeletal I
This is the first of three courses designed to introduce the entry-level D.P.T. student to the elements of patient/client management in the orthopaedic setting. This course will emphasize the musculoskeletal system and follow both the sequence and nomenclature outlined in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice including examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and outcomes. Specific areas to be covered will include: communication and history taking, systems review, symptom physiology, selection and administering tests and measures, principles of manual therapy, soft tissue/myofascial intervention, extremity and spine mobilization (non-thrust), common disorders and injuries, musculoskeletal radiology, and principles of musculoskeletal disorder/injury management. Students will acquire the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills necessary to conduct a general musculoskeletal examination and perform interventions relevant to physical therapy practice. At completion of this course students will have acquired the requisite knowledge to learn advanced diagnoses and interventions covered in PHT 6820, PHT 6820(L), PHT 6821 and PHT 6821(L). Case studies will be utilized in conjunction with lecture, laboratory skill practice, and interactive teaching and learning methods to integrate didactic knowledge into real-life clinical scenarios.
2
PHT 6810L: Musculoskeletal I Lab
Laboratory sessions (PHT 6810L) will emphasize the psychomotor and affective skills required to perform the examination and interventions addressed in PHT 6810. Co-requisite: PHT 6810
2
PHT 6815: Physical Agents
This course will emphasize both cognitive and psychomotor knowledge related to electro- and thermo-modalities. Basic science information related to physiological effects, indications, and contra-indications will be discussed. Lecture, interactive teaching, and lab practice will be used to assist students in integrating the didactic knowledge into simulated and real-life scenarios.
3
PHT 6817: Pediatrics I
This is the first of two pediatrics courses. This course introduces students to pediatrics as a specialty practice area in physical therapy. Students gain an understanding of typical infant and child development as it relates to movement, and have the opportunity to practice observation and evaluation skills, including the use of standardized tools, to screen children for atypical and delayed development. Typical development is presented in the context of applying current motor control theories to predictable developmental sequences, motor progressions, and achievement of motor milestones. Using this foundation, students begin to analyze movement dysfunction exhibited in high-risk infants and children who have common childhood pathologies. Content is presented through lecture, lab, large and small group discussion, and community-based activities.
1
PHT 6822: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, & Wellness
This course focuses on the physical therapist's professional role as an advocate of health, wellness and prevention applying the theoretical foundations and key concepts for promotion of health, fitness, wellness, and prevention. The class will explore the Healthy People 2020 initiative, APTA's Vision 2020, wellness theory/models, dimensions of wellness, holistic versus conventional medicine, outcome measurements of wellness and quality of life, screening for health/fitness/wellness, and considerations for special populations. Students will learn how to identify areas of need for health, wellness, and prevention programs in the community. Students will also have the opportunity to design their own community education/wellness program, applying the principles and strategies covered in this class.
1
Total: 9
course credits
PHT 6802: Evidence-Based Practice II: Using Research to Inform Clinical Decision Making
In this course, students will be exposed to Sackett's model of evidence-based medicine in order to lay a foundation for understanding the global concept of evidence based practice (EBP). Students will learn to use the PICO format to ask clinically relevant questions. Students will learn to locate sources of evidence, evaluate the evidence, and make recommendations based on the evidence. Students will also explore the work of the Philadelphia Panel, the Pedro scale, and Hooked on Evidence as methods for critiquing the literature. Last, students will contribute to APTA's Hooked on Evidence database.
3
PHT 6816: Neuroscience
Provides the foundation knowledge necessary for patient/client management of patients with neuromuscular conditions through two modules: neurophysiology and motor control/motor learning. Students review the structure and function of the nervous system, emphasizing neurophysiological processes that relate to physical therapy and movement dysfunction. Principles of motor control and motor learning are discussed as they relate to normal human movement as well as movement dysfunction that result from neurologic disorders. Concepts of neuroplasticity and the recovery of function are also addressed. Classroom activities include case studies, group discussions, literature reviews, simulations, and lectures. Course pre-requisite: ANA 5423: Neuroanatomy
3
PHT 6819: Pediatrics II
This course focuses on the physical therapy management of the pediatric patient/client and role of family-centered care. Students apply foundational knowledge and skills gained in Pediatrics I in the evaluation and treatment of atypical child motor dysfunction related to developmental delays, CNS damage, orthopedic conditions, respiratory conditions, sensory processing dysfunction, multisystem impairments, and congenital, neurological and neuromuscular disorders. The course is designed to promote critical thinking and decision-making in physical therapy management of the pediatric client. Physical therapist practice patterns (examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and evidence-based interventions) are applied in context. Management, incorporating use/need for assistive devices, technologies, adapted equipment (i.e. wheelchair prescription and seating), orthotics, and bracing and use of newer interventions for the pediatric patient/client is presented. Delegation and supervision of support personnel, legal/ethical issues related to delivery of care, documentation, interdisciplinary team management, cultural issues, reimbursement, and patient/family and teacher education are explored. Content is presented through lecture, lab, case studies, large and small group discussion, and community-based activities.
3
PHT 6820: Musculoskeletal II
Students will acquire the skills needed to manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Students will address relevant practice patterns as they relate to the upper/lower quarter, diagnostic classifications, ICD-9 codes, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions. Case studies are utilized in conjunction with lecture to assist students in integrating the didactic knowledge into simulated and real-life scenarios.
3
PHT 6820L: Musculoskeletal II Lab
Emphasizes the psychomotor and affective skills required when providing the musculoskeletal interventions and tests addressed in PHT 6820. Students will acquire the psychomotor skills needed to manage and prevent disorders of the musculoskeletal system by addressing relevant practice patterns as they relate to the upper/lower quarter, ICD-9 codes, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and interventions related to these patterns. CO-REQUISITE: PHT 6820.
2
PHT 6841: Tier ID Clinical Education
This course utilizes a self-contained clinical education model where students are directly supervised in the clinic by academic faculty. Students concurrently practice the evaluation and treatment skills learned in the curriculum.
1
Total: 15
course credits
PHT 6813: Gender Specific Issues in Physical Therapy
This course provides a review of diseases unique to the male and female body systems. Students will gain knowledge of gender specific pathologic processes associated with selected diseases as well as disease specific signs and symptoms. Common medical diagnostic and treatment approaches of gender specific conditions are discussed including both medical management and an introduction to physical therapy intervention. Changes to body systems during normal pregnancy will be discussed in addition to common pregnancy related musculoskeletal problems. Topics will include prostate disease, erectile dysfunction, pregnancy related movement dysfunction, pelvic floor dysfunction, male and female urinary and fecal incontinence, lymph edema management, premenstrual dysphoric syndrome, female athlete triad, post menopausal considerations and osteoporosis. Students will exposed to entry level physical therapy examination techniques and interventions used to manage gender specific diseases, including recognition of key subjective or historical information that may warrant a pelvic floor examination or referral to another professional. Basic examination and intervention techniques will be practiced in a simulated environment.
2
PHT 6821: Musculoskeletal III
PHT 6821 is an evidence-based approach to the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the spine. Students will acquire the requisite skills necessary to examine, manage and prevent musculoskeletal impairments, functional limitations and disabilities of the spine. The course will address lumbar, thoracic, costal, cervical, sacroiliac, pelvis, temporomandibular and headache disorders. Students are prepared for entry-level patient /client management including the ability to perform an examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and the ability to select optimum interventions. Moreover, students will acquire the knowledge necessary to accurately disseminate information (verbal and written/documented) related to the examination and management of spine disorders to patients, clients and across the broad range of health care disciplines. Case studies are utilized in conjunction with lecture and interactive teaching and learning to assist students in integrating the didactic knowledge into simulated and real-life scenarios.
2
PHT 6821L: Musculoskeletal III Lab
PHT 6821L will emphasize the psychomotor and affective skills required when providing the associated musculoskeletal examination and interventions addressed in PHT 6821 Musculoskeletal III. Students are instructed and mentored in the selection and application of tests, measurements and physical therapy interventions. Case studies are utilized in conjunction with interactive teaching and learning to assist students in integrating the techniques into simulated and real-life scenarios relevant to the musculoskeletal system. Co-requisite: PHT 6821.
2
PHT 6830: Neuromuscular I
Neuromuscular Systems I addresses the examination and interventions for adults with neuromuscular disorders. Students will apply knowledge from Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience to the clinical management of patients with neurological conditions. Neuromuscular Systems 1 provides the foundational concepts and clinical reasoning for choosing tests and measures used during the PT examination of the neurological patient, including sensory and motor tests; examination of motor function; motor learning, coordination; cranial nerves; functional mobility; self-care and activities of daily living; community function; arousal, attention and cognition; balance, gait, and disease-specific tests. The foundational concepts for procedural interventions related to neurorehabilitation will be addressed, including indications, precautions, contraindications and evidence-based recommendations for: therapeutic exercise; balance and gait retraining; manual techniques and facilitation; electric stimulation; mobility training; upper extremity reach, grasp, and manipulation training; positioning, supportive, and protective devices; wheelchair and community re-entry. Course pre-requisites: ANA 5423: Neuroanatomy and PHT 6816: Neuroscience.
3
PHT 6830L: Neuromuscular I Lab
This course is the laboratory component of Neuromuscular Systems I which addresses the psychomotor skills needed for the examination and treatment of patients with neuromuscular disorders. The students will be exposed to a variety of clinical tests and measures including: patient history; sensory testing (superficial, deep, and cortical sensations) by both peripheral nerve distribution and dermatome; myotome and manual muscle testing; motor function and coordination testing; balance, gait, and mobility testing; arousal, attention, and cognitive tests; environmental, home, and work/play barriers; self care and home management (including ADL's and IADL testing); job/school/play reintegration testing; and assistive/adaptive device testing. Disease specific tests and measures will also be performed. Psychomotor treatment skills will include: balance and gait training, including body weight supported treadmill training; therapeutic exercise to improve muscle performance, mobility, balance and coordination for the neurological patient; functional training, self-care and home management in ADL's, IADL's, and work/play integration; manual therapy techniques, positioning, and facilitation; prescription and application of assistive and supportive devices; as well as physical agents and electrotherapeutic modalities. Course pre-requisites: ANA 5423: Neuroanatomy and PHT 6816: Neuroscience.
2
PHT 6831: Tier IC Clinical Education
A full-time clinical internship. Under the direct supervision of clinical faculty, students apply evaluation and treatment skills in orthopedic settings. Students improve professional behavior, clinical safety, communication, therapeutic presence, assessment, examination, screening, treatment planning skills and provide targeted interventions to a population with orthopedic disorders.
2
PHT 6835: Medical Diagnostics for Physical Therapists
This course provides students the opportunity to develop their skills to identify patients with medical conditions outside the physical therapy practice scope. The focus is differential diagnosis through history and physical exam and not physical therapy intervention. The differential diagnosis is between musculoskeletal conditions and medical/psychological conditions commonly seen in outpatient settings. The course gives emphasis on conditions that should not be treated by physical therapists or conditions that require physical therapy intervention in direct consultation with other health care professionals (mainly physicians, dentists, and psychotherapists). The course will cover common laboratory tests applied to physical therapy (blood tests, urine analysis, synovial fluid analysis, cerebral spinal fluid). The course will also discuss the findings of imaging tests in diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. Students are encouraged to apply the information learned in this course in their clinical internships and discuss each topic among themselves and with the instructors. Course pre-requisites: PHT 6810: MS I and PHT 6716: Medical Pathology for the Physical Therapist.
3
Total: 16

Third Year Students

Course Credits
PHT 6823: The Business of Physical Therapy
Is devoted to understanding the structure and function of the United States health care delivery system. This course explores the regulatory, economic and financial responsibilities of the physical therapy manager in the utilization of human and material resources within a variety of healthcare environments. Students will develop knowledge and skills to effectively manage in various healthcare settings.
3
PHT 6912: Tier II Orientation
This course provides all final preparations necessary for the students to begin their full-time Tier II Clinical Internships.
0
PHT 6914: Neuromuscular II
Neurological Systems II integrates concepts from Neuroscience and Neuromuscular Systems I to engage students in the patient/client management of patients with neuromuscular dysfunction. Students are exposed to a variety of case studies, representing all adult neuromuscular practice patterns in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, in order to integrate and apply previous learned neuromuscular skills to patient scenarios. Emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning during all steps of patient/client management; the ability to apply evidence in practice; design and execution of patient/client related instruction; delegation to support personnel; and documentation of all aspects of care. This class also addresses primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for patients with neuromuscular conditions.
2
PHT 6914L: Neuromuscular II Lab
This course is the laboratory component of Neuromuscular II, in which students will perform all aspects of patient/client management including examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, development of a plan of care, procedural interventions, and outcome measurement. Students will apply these techniques to a variety of case studies, representing the scope of adult practice patterns in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. Neuromuscular Systems II culminates in a one week intense laboratory experience, the Neuro Boot Camp (NI), in which students work with real patients who have complicated neuromuscular disorders in a faculty-supervised setting. Students are responsible to perform a thorough examination, write a comprehensive plan of care, perform procedural interventions and patient instruction, and communicate with caregivers.
2
PHT 6915: Prosthetics & Orthotics
Students will acquire the skills needed to manage movement-related problems in patients with amputations because of diabetes, burns, trauma, oncological problems, and genetic conditions. They will study upper and lower extremity prosthetics and orthotics, and spinal orthotics. Orthotic and prosthetic needs associated with obesity, arthritis, pain etc. will be addressed as well.
3
PHT 6920: Applied Clinical Decision Making
Students apply problem solving heuristics, analyze case-presentations of multifactor movement dysfunction, synthesize patient problem-lists from collected data, develop intervention strategies, and evaluate the outcome of assessment and intervention decisions. The course integrates material from the foundational medical and clinical sciences and student clinical experiences. Accordingly students are provided opportunities to demonstrate differential diagnosis and treatment planning across the lifespan as well as to select and justify interventions, recommend referrals, and establish discharge dispositions. Student learning and course-participation is driven by mock and real clinical cases and clinical experiences. Content experts guide cognitive domain discussion and the decision-making process, assess the affective domain and compliance with professional ethical standards, and evaluate complex overt performance of psychomotor tasks. Students will develop initial plans for examination and assessment, perform assessments, analyze and interpret test results, prepare written intervention plans, perform interventions, and suggest potential outcome assessments. Students will justify and modify treatment plans to account for changes in the patients' status. In addition, students will prepare and present a clinical case-report to the assembled class at the conclusion of the term. Topics for the clinical cases and clinical experiences will cover a broad spectrum of conditions seen by physical therapists in the clinical setting.
4
Total: 14
course credits
PHT 6911: Tier IIA Clinical Education Internship
This is the first of 3 senior full-time, clinical affiliation courses. This course will provide senior physical therapy students with the opportunities to practice clinical decision-making based on evidence and develop entry-level physical therapy skills for patient/client management in a variety of clinical settings on a full-time basis. Students will apply their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors in community-based physical therapy settings. Tier II clinical education encompasses on campus orientation and 32 weeks of full-time senior level clinical internships during Fall 2009 and Winter 2010 semesters. Students will typically rotate through four eight-week clinical placements in a variety of health care organizations; schedule modifications may be made to accommodate facility requirements or other needs. The goal of all placements is for student achievement of entry-level competency and professional behaviors in all settings. Students must complete at least one internship in: an acute care/inpatient or subacute setting, a neurorehabilitation setting, and an outpatient setting. The remaining internship may be completed in the venue or setting of student choice such as: outpatient clinics, rehabilitation hospitals or units, specialty practices such as pediatrics, sports, worker's compensation/ergonomics, or women and men's health, as available. During the full time internship, students will focus on patient/client management models by performing patient examinations, evaluations, determining diagnoses, prognoses, and interventions (POC) within the context of the clinical setting utilizing the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. It is expected that through the Tier II clinical education experiences, students will demonstrate appropriate management skills of patient/clients across the adult or lifespan across the continuum of care commonly seen in physical therapy practice. Students are expected to demonstrate effective communication and documentation skills; to develop their professionalism consistent with the APTA core values, cultural competence, ethical and legal practice.
5
PHT 6921: Tier IIB Section 1 Clinical Education Internship
Students will complete an extended internship in multifaceted healthcare organizations with the goal of bringing their skills to entry-level for both inpatient and outpatient care. Students will choose a specialty area in physical therapy practice and complete a portion of the internship in that specialty area. See PHT 6911 Tier IIA
6
Total: 11
course credits
PHT 6930: Wrap-up
This course provides a conclusion to TIER II as well as the didactic portion of the curriculum. A comprehensive examination covering all topics addressed in the curriculum will be administered. Additionally, the management of the graduation process and commencement exercises will occur.
2
PHT 6931: Tier IIC Clinical Education Internship
This is the final of 3 senior full-time clinical affiliation course. Students will complete an extended internship in multifaceted healthcare organizations with the goal of bringing their skills to entry-level for both inpatient and outpatient care. Students will choose a specialty area in physical therapy practice and complete a portion of the internship in that specialty area. See PHT 6911 Tier IIA
5
Total: 7