NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physical Therapy 421 The Physical Therapy Department at Nova Southeastern University offers a postgraduate program for practicing physical therapists—the Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Therapy (Ph.D.). This distinct program is designed to meet the diverse needs of physical therapists who are seeking to advance their education and skills from an accredited institution. The program is offered primarily in an online format to meet the needs of working professionals. There is an on-campus component for each core course taken, generally two days per course, per semester. Nova Southeastern University is a recognized leader of distance education and has a well-respected history of innovation and leadership in the health professions. Postprofessional Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy curriculum and total 36 weeks, which will span from the fall semester through the winter semester of the fourth year. During the full-time experiences, students will focus on patient/ client management models by performing patient examinations and evaluations and determining diagnoses, prognoses, and interventions within the context of the clinical setting. It is expected that, through these experiences, students will demonstrate appropriate management skills of patients/clients across adulthood or the life span and across the continuum of care commonly seen in physical therapy practice. They will also demonstrate progressively greater independence in effectively managing less medically complex to more medically complex patients within each practice setting. (6 credits) PHTT 6961 Clinical Experience III The third of three consecutive, full-time, supervised clinical education experiences for fourth-year D.P.T. students. Students are provided with the opportunities to practice clinical decisionmaking based on evidence and the experience of their clinical instructor(s). They will develop entry-level physical therapy skills required for patient/client management in a variety of settings. Additionally, they will apply their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors, in a variety of patient care settings across the life span. The clinical experiences occur following the completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum and total 36 weeks, which will span from the fall semester through the winter semester of the fourth year. During the full-time experiences, students will focus on patient/client management models by performing patient examinations and evaluations and determining diagnoses, prognoses, and interventions within the context of the clinical setting. It is expected that, through these experiences, students will demonstrate appropriatemanagement skills of patients/clients across adulthood or the life span and across the continuum of care commonly seen in physical therapy practice. They will also demonstrate progressively greater independence in effectively managing less medically complex to more medically complex patients within each practice setting. (6 credits) PHTT 6930—Wrap-up and Review This final course in the curriculum provides students with a guided process for comprehensive review of the physical therapy curriculum, study strategies and preparation for the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), summative assessment of the curriculum, preparation for employment as a physical therapist, and self-reflection on personal growth in the core values of the physical therapy profession. Activities include online review modules, self-assessment and practice examinations, a formal NPTE review course, outcomes data collection, presentation of the values portfolio, and preparation for commencement and job readiness. The class begins during clinical internships and culminates during the week prior to graduation. (2 credits) PHTT 6904—Evidence in Practice Capstone Project Evidence-based practice (EBP) integrates evidence from three sources to answer clinically relevant, patient-related questions concerning 1) research literature; 2) clinician knowledge, experience, and judgment; and 3) patient preferences, values, and circumstances. This is the last of three courses in evidencebased practice. The focus of this course is on the integration of content from the entire curriculum , including clinical education and the application of evidence-based practice to a patient or clinical situation from a clinical affiliation experience. (2 credits)

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