NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

408 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy students will integrate their anatomy knowledge of muscle and joint structures into the study of joint motion and functional movements. The course introduces the student to basic principles of biomechanics, which serves as the foundation for understanding kinesiology. The course will be structured by body parts: 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 to learn and comprehend complex kinesiologic analysis: gait, posture, and functional movements. (3 credits) PHT 6717—Systems Management I: Medical Pathology and Pharmacology This course provides an introductory overview of medical pathology and pharmacology commonly seen by physical therapists in patients/clients across the life span. The relationship between pathology and movement dysfunction will be emphasized and this relationship will be conceptualized within the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Students will be introduced to normal immunity, tissue response to injury, healing processes, and the normal functioning of various body organs and systems. Students will also gain knowledge of signs and symptoms, pathogenesis, differential diagnosis, and prognosis of selected pathological disorders. Medical and pharmacological management of selected disorders will be introduced and the effects of those interventions on the physical therapy management of the patient will be discussed. Course content will be delivered through a combination of video lectures, interactive live lectures, and readings. An emphasis will be placed on the development of students’ early clinical reasoning abilities related to physical therapy patient management by integrating knowledge about the various pathologies into casebased examples using the ICF model. (3 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. The purpose of this course is to establish 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 the student’s career as a future health care professional. (3 credits) PHT 6700—Evidence-Based Practice I This course allows students to gain skill in reviewing research literature. It includes an overview of the principles of measurement, reliability, and validity as well as 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 students will develop a global understanding of the concepts and principles of research and begin to critically analyze health care research literature. The student will also begin to recognize the importance of and the role of research in clinical practice. (3 credits) 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 Therapist Practice. This course includes interventions using therapeutic exercise including passive, active, and resistive range of motion; strengthening programs; stretching exercises; soft tissue mobilization; and gait training. Students will develop and write home programs, design exercise programs for therapeutic purposes, and critically analyze interventions. Students will learn to safely apply intervention techniques that address body structure/functional impairments in range of motion, musculoskeletal strength, gait deviations, and activity limitations. Safe performance of psychomotor skills such as gait training, functional mobility, therapeutic exercises, and PNF will be emphasized. All sessions will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, interactive presentation, case study application, and psychomotor lab skill practice. (3 credits) PHT 6721—The Health Care 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 life span, as well as 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. Knowledge and skills in teaching and learning are essential for a successful outcome for any patient treatment or program. Students will have the opportunity to design their own educational program/tools, applying the principles and strategies covered in this class. (1 credit) PHT 6722—Integumentary System The focus of the course is on the identification andmanagement of integumentary pathologies obtained as primary injuries or as secondary complications of other diseases. Acute and chronic wound etiologies, burns, lymphedema, and diseases with integumentary manifestations will be reviewed and discussed. Physical therapy management strategies and interventions—including soft tissue mobilization, biophysical agents, debridement, integumentary tests andmeasures, and