NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy 417 PHTT 6623—Practice Management This course prepares students for the practice management demands of contemporary physical therapy practice that are essential to being successful, responsive, and adaptable to the evolving needs of the health care industry. Students are introduced to the business perspective of health care service delivery, including leadership and managerial skills related to direct patient care and organizational operations. Topics covered include the continuum of care, regulatory and reimbursement mechanisms, coding, billing, documentation, compliance, the Triple Aim, interprofessional collaborative practice, leadership, ethical practice, quality improvement, health informatics, risk management, marketing, and public relations. (3 credits) Fall PHTT 6722—Integumentary PT Integumentary PT addresses the patient/client management of patients with integumentary dysfunction or those who have the potential for integumentary disorders as described in the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice. The course builds on the students’ knowledge of skin anatomy and physiology as related to skin structure, function, pathology, and tissue healing as well as the relationship of movement to the prevention and management of wounds. Topics include screening of the skin as a system as well as the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, and interventions for people with superficial, partialthickness, or full-thickness wounds. Students learn to use clinical reasoning along with best-available evidence to select appropriate tests/measures and apply PT interventions to address wounds of all etiologies, depths, and stages. Infection control is addressed throughout the course, as is the role of the PT as part of an interprofessional team, including the referral to other health care professionals for diagnostic testing and medical/surgical interventions. (2 credits) PHTT 6815—Physical Agents This course will emphasize both cognitive and psychomotor knowledge related to the appropriate use of physical agents in physical therapy patient management. Basic science information related to physiological effects as well as indications and contraindications for physical agents will be discussed. (3 credits) PHTT 6916—Patient/Client Management Post Amputation This course focuses on the patient/client management of people with amputations, including examinations, evaluations, diagnoses, prognoses, plans of care, interventions, and outcomes. Topics include the etiology, psychological considerations, medical management, and complications of amputations; physical therapy examination and evaluation of the acute and chronic patient; prosthetic fabrication, fit, and components; and physical therapy interventions to maximize patient outcomes. Students will also explore current literature to demonstrate an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation using prosthetics. This course also provides an introduction to the role of orthotic devices in patient/client management. The clinical indications and principles of orthotics presented in this class form the foundation for discussion of orthotic prescription and modification in subsequent patient management classes throughout the curriculum. (2 credits) PHTT 6802—Application of Evidence-Based Practice Evidence-based practice (EBP) integrates evidence from three sources to answer patient-focused, clinically relevant questions. The sources are 1) research literature; 2) clinician knowledge, experience, and judgment; and 3) individual patient values and circumstances. This course reviews and builds on content introduced in Introduction to EvidenceBased Practice, developing the role of the physical therapist as a scientific, evidence-based practitioner of physical therapy, and continues the integration of critical inquiry and evidencebased practice throughout the curriculum. Students will practice critical appraisal of different study designs. The role of individual patient/client preferences and values, as related to the use of evidence, will also be explored. (3 credits) Winter PHTT 6725—Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy 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, interventions, treatment planning, documentation, and outcome measurement across all clinical settings. They will also explore interventions related to exercise, functional activities, and airway clearance. The relevance of clinical laboratory values andmedical/surgical diagnostics and interventions associated with cardiovascular and pulmonary dysfunctions will be covered as well. (4 credits) PHTT 6810—Musculoskeletal I This is the first of three courses designed to introduce the D.P.T. student to the elements of musculoskeletal orthopedic patient/client management. This course will emphasize the musculoskeletal system and follows 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 coveredwill include communication and history taking, systems review, symptom physiology, selection and administration of tests and measures, principles of manual therapy, soft tissue/myofascial interventions, extremity and spinal joint

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