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Semester 1

PT 6120 Evidence Based Practice I - 1 Semester Hour

         The purpose of this course is to prepare and equip uniformed services physical therapists with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to practice evidence-based physical therapy throughout their career.  This is the first of a two-part course that develops the elements that serve as the foundation of evidence-based practice.  EBP I will focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice with particular emphasis on literature search strategies and forming answerable clinical questions.  In addition, the critical appraisal of literature will be fostered in conjunction with the material presented in Research Methods I.

PT 6131 Clinical Pathophysiology - 1 Semester Hour

         This course presents the fundamental concepts involved in the pathophysiological processes of injury and disease.  Specifically discussed are the causes, mechanisms, clinical manifestations, diagnostic techniques and clinical management of these various injury and disease processes.

PT 6230 Neuromuscular Physiology - 2 Semester Hours

         This course will consist of a study of normal neuromuscular physiology. The emphasis will be on the cellular functions of neurons and muscle fibers. The goals of the course are to provide foundational knowledge about human function, enhance the student’s ability to make quantitative and qualitative observations, and facilitate understanding of the clinical sciences.

PT 6240 Clinical Medicine I - 2 Semester Hours

         This class consists of topics in pathology, medicine, and surgery with emphasis on signs and symptoms resulting from abnormalities, disease, or trauma that produce disorders of movement. This course is taught primarily by lectures given by guest speakers (subject matter experts) including physicians, physician assistants, and therapists who specialize in burn care, medical social work, dietetics and occupational therapy. Program faculty members present the lectures on arthritis. Group discussion of case scenarios is part of the instructional hours on arthritis.

PT 6250 Therapeutic Interventions - 2 Semester Hours

         This course is comprised of a wide spectrum of introductory material regarding therapeutic interventions and provides a foundation for the prescription and application of these interventions in patients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders. This course will include topics on planning treatment programs, clinical teaching and patient education, therapeutic exercise, introduction to joint and soft tissue mobilization and manipulations, bandaging, basic ambulation, and wheelchairs. This course consists of lecture and lab periods.

PT 6253 Orthotic and Prosthetic Interventions - 2 Semester Hours

         Functional and surgical anatomy of upper and lower member amputations and conditions requiring upper/lower member and spinal orthotic intervention are presented. Physiology/pathophysiology of upper and lower member amputations to include predisposing and complicating factors of traumatic and surgical amputations as well as etiology and response to treatment are covered. The physiologic effects of and response to upper/lower member and spinal orthotic intervention are discussed. Conditions requiring amputation intervention and orthotic use are presented and the biomechanical principles of prosthetic and orthotic fabrication are outlined as are the indications for their selection and use. All phases of upper/lower amputee management are covered in depth and include: preoperative phase, early postoperative phase, rehabilitative phase, and prosthetic fitting phase. Psychomotor tasks related to the upper/lower amputee and the upper/lower member and spinal orthotic patient care are practiced. Discharge planning and self-care/prevention techniques for the amputee and orthotic patient are discussed.

PT 6270 Research Methods I - 2 Semester Hours

         The first of a three-part series, this course is an in-depth analysis of Research Design, Statistics, and Critical Appraisal of Research Literature.  This course introduces students to the basic and advanced concepts, techniques, and technologies used in the scientific inquiry of applied clinical research.  Topics to be investigated include the research process and the scientific method, measurement theory, indices of validity and reliability, hypothesis construction and testing, constructing a clinical question, sampling, data collection and coding schemes, experimental design, a hierarchy of evidence, survey research, and guides for critical appraisal of research.  During Research Methods I, students begin work on a clinically relevant research project under the direction and supervision of a Faculty Research Advisory Committee.

PT 6300 Physical Therapy Fundamentals - 3 Semester Hours

         This course is comprised of a wide spectrum of introductory material including biomechanics and kinesiology, the basic physical examination, joint motion assessment and measurement, muscle strength and flexibility testing, neuromuscular screening, vital signs, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, patient management issues, handling and positioning of patients, written and oral communication, medical records, professional organizations and responsibilities, and professional ethics.  

PT 6352 Physical Agent Interventions - 3 Semester Hours

         This course discusses the roles and mechanisms of various physical agents used in physical therapy and rehabilitation to reduce pain, enhance healing, improve motion and assist in the recruitment of muscle activity. It is important for the therapist to have a solid understanding of the normal physiology of the cardiovascular and neuromuscular system prior to using an agent that can alter the function of these tissues. A background in the physiology of healing and of modulation of pain serves as a basis for the rationale of using any physical agent. This course provides the foundation needed in clinical decision making regarding patient care options and physical agents.

PT 6410 Anatomy I - 4 Semester Hours

         This course presents a discussion of the normal anatomy of epithelial, connective, muscle, and nervous tissues including osteology and arthrology. Also discussed are the peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. This course also consists of an in depth study of the gluteal, thigh, knee, leg and foot regions including extensive dissection and prosection study of each region.

PT 6601 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy I - Lower Member 6 Semester Hours

         This course includes the biomechanics, kinesiology, and clinical disorders of the lower member. This course, coupled with the Anatomy of the Lower Member, is designed to prepare students to competently examine a patient with lower extremity dysfunction, evaluate the information and establish a clinical diagnosis, and develop a physical therapy intervention plan. A large portion of the time will be spent in the laboratory setting practicing palpation skills, the performance of clinical tests, and application of therapeutic treatment techniques that include therapeutic exercise, manual therapy (muscle energy techniques, mobilization, and manipulation), and patient education.

Total First Semester = 28 Semester Hours