NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

416 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy PHTT 5421—Anatomy for Physical Therapists II This course addresses anatomical knowledge specific to the practice of physical therapy. It is an in-depth study of musculoskeletal anatomy including bony landmarks, muscular attachments, ligamentous structures, and neutral structures. Palpation of key bony- and soft-tissue structures will be introduced. (4 credits) Winter PHTT 6710—Clinical Skills I This course introduces students to the basic clinical skills associated with physical therapy examination and evaluation, including administering culturally appropriate and age-related tests and measures such as gait, balance, range of motion/ muscle length, muscle strength, and functional performance testing, as well as producing documentation of these portions of an examination. Both psychomotor skills and clinical reasoning skills are addressed based on tests and measures in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. This course will allow the students to apply examination and evaluation skills with patients as part of the integrated clinical experiences. (3 credits) PHTT 6715—Essentials of Biomechanics and Kinesiology This is a basic science course to introduce physical therapy students to the study of biomechanics and kinesiology. The 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, 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 to facilitate the students to learn and comprehend complex kinesiologic analysis: gait, posture, and functional movements. (3 credits) PHTT 6761—Systems Management II This course is a continuation of 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 differential diagnosis of selected pathological disorders. Application of the ICF Model will be used to determine the effect of pathological disorders on functional ability. Drug classification, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, mechanism of action, and indications for use of selected medication classes will be addressed. Pharmacotherapeutic knowledge will be brought into the clinical perspective of physical therapy patient/client management. Students will continue introductory skills of patient care within inpatient environments, including bed mobility, transfers, and management of medical equipment such as lines, tubes, and catheters during patient mobility. (3 credits) PHTT 6822—Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, andWellness This course addresses two integral concepts in physical therapist practice: health promotion/disease prevention and education/instruction of patients, clients, and communities. Students explore health promotion, disease prevention, and wellness theories and models, including behavior-change theories and the factors that promote or impede change. Students apply the Healthy People 2020 and APTA’s Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Profession initiatives to individuals and communities for primary, secondary, or tertiary prevention. Students explore principles of teaching and learning needed to plan and implement educational programs, in-services, or patient education, including learning theories, needs assessments, instructional strategies, and assessments of learning effectiveness. (2 credits) Year Two Summer PHTT 6700—Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice Evidence-based practice (EBP) integrates evidence from three sources to answer clinically relevant questions that deal with 1) research literature; 2) clinician knowledge, experience, and judgment; and 3) patient preferences, values, and circumstances. This course introduces the role of the physical therapist as a scientific, evidence-based practitioner of physical therapy and provides a foundation for the integration of critical inquiry and evidence-based practice throughout the curriculum. (3 credits) PHTT 6720—Clinical Skills II This course integrates all three aspects of physical therapist interventions described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice, including a) coordination, communication, and documentation; b) patient-related instruction; and c) procedural interventions. Students will learn, practice, and apply basic procedural interventions (clinical skills), including therapeutic exercise, as an intervention. This course is taught after Clinical Skills I, so students can apply examination, evaluation, and intervention skills with patients as part of our integrated clinical experiences. (3 credits)

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