NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy 415 Doctor of Physical Therapy Tampa Bay Course Descriptions Year One Summer PHTT 5400—Physiology for Physical Therapists The course is foundational and intended to provide students in the Physical Therapy Programwith an understanding of the basic physiochemical concepts and physiological principles underlying the development, maintenance, and propagation of the human body. It provides an examination of the essential physiological processes with reference to clinical applications where appropriate. Topics covered include subcellular processes, membrane mechanisms, muscle physiology, connective tissue matrices, the cardiovascular system, the nervous system, renal physiology, the respiratory system, endocrinology, and gastrointestinal physiology. (3 credits) PHTT 5420 Anatomy for Physical Therapists I This course integrates the study of gross anatomy with clinical practice for the profession of physical therapy. As a blended course, students learn by participating in online and face-toface sessions. Online instruction includes lectures, assignments using a virtual reality anatomy application, quizzes, and video demonstration of palpation techniques. Face-to-face instruction includes prosected cadaver lab, palpation lab, and active learning exercises linking anatomy to clinical practice. This course is a 12-week, 2-credit class that covers head/face (skull, brain, brainstem, cranial nerves, facial structures, major vessels, and nerves), thorax (ribs, thoracic viscera, thoracic spine, diaphragm, major vessels, and nerves), and abdomen (abdominal viscera, major vessels, and nerves). (2 credits) PHTT 5611—Professional Issues in Physical Therapy This course introduces the foundational frameworks for the profession of physical therapy, including the patient/client management model, patient-centered care, the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) Model. The history of the physical therapy profession and the guiding documents (mission, vision, core values, code of ethics, and standards of practice) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) are analyzed in context of the professional roles and responsibilities of physical therapists, including that of collaborator on an interprofessional team. Students discuss the broader role of physical therapists in promoting local/global health initiatives related to optimizing movement, preventing injury, and removing barriers to function and participation in society. Students begin to internalize the roles of the physical therapist through their membership in the APTA, creation of their values portfolio, and organization of their compliance documents. (3 credits) PHTT 6701—Communication and Cultural Competence This course explores concepts of cultural competence related to health care delivery. Interprofessional and interpersonal communication and group processes needed to function effectively as part of a team in the health care environment will also be addressed. Communication (written, verbal, and nonverbal) methods used to enhance interactions with the patient/client, families, and other members of the health care team will be discussed and practiced. Discussions will include epidemiology and health care access issues as they relate to cultural barriers. (2 credits) Fall PHTT 6705—Essentials of Exercise Physiology This course describes the response to exercise and training on the cardiac, pulmonary, musculoskeletal, neural, and endocrine systems of the human body. 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. Other major topics of discussion will be 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. Students will gain the knowledge required for designing exercise programs in the general and special populations based on established needs for function and performance. (3 credits) PHTT 6741—Systems Management I This course provides an introductory overview of medical pathology and pharmacology commonly seen by physical therapists across the life span. Students will be introduced to the medical management, pharmacological aspects, signs and symptoms, pathogenesis, and introductory differential diagnosis of selected pathological disorders. The effect of pathological disorders on functional ability will be discussed throughout the course. Drug classification, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, mechanism of action, and indications for use for selected medication classes will be addressed. Pharmacotherapeutic knowledge will be brought into the clinical perspective of physical therapy patient/client management. This class introduces students to patient care within inpatient environments, including management of medical equipment such as lines, tubes, catheters, and patient lift devices, as well as working with patients at the bedside. (3 credits)