Semester 2

PT 6121 Evidence Based Practice II - 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 course builds upon the foundation established in EBP I.  EBP II focuses on the concepts of evidence-based practice with particular emphasis on critical appraisal of the literature.  The evaluative approach to diagnostic tests and screening tools will prepare the students to judge the evidence on the accuracy and validity of diagnostic tests and the application of important diagnostic tests in the care of a specific patient.  The evaluative approach to studies of treatment and intervention will prepare the student to judge the evidence on clinical trials and systematic reviews.  In addition, discussions on how the clinician proceeds in the absence of evidence will occur.  The focus of this course will be on the tests and intervention used in patients with musculoskeletal disorders.

PT 6151 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists - 1 Semester Hour

The purpose of this course is to prepare uniformed services physical therapists for their role as physician extenders by providing instruction in general pharmacologic principles, drugs prescribed by physical therapists, drugs with significant impact on physical therapy practice and issues related to drug prescription.

PT 6204 Diagnostic Imaging and Procedures - 2 Semester Hours

This course presents an eclectic collection of topics related to issues in radiology and nuclear medicine. The emphasis is placed on musculoskeletal imaging with plain films, CT scans, and MRI, and an introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound. In addition, instruction in medical laboratory diagnostic tests for physical therapists is provided. Lecture and laboratory work in electrophysiologic testing (EMG & NCV) is conducted.

PT 6241 Clinical Medicine II - 2 Semester Hours

This course consists of an eclectic collection of topics that include: a general and specific review of the endocrine, renal, and immune systems; discussion of pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence, and urinary tract disorders; wound healing; and a review of women’s health topics specific to post-mastectomy rehabilitation and musculoskeletal dysfunction associated with pregnancy.  Substance abuse, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, and cultural variations will be presented with an emphasis on how these conditions impact the physical therapy management of patients.

PT 6271 Research Methods II - 2 Semester Hours

This course is a continuation of Research Methods I where students continue their work with a Faculty Research Advisory Committee on a clinically relevant research project.  Specific goals during this course include: the completion of a literature review and the beginning of pilot testing and data collection.  Statistics II will develop the student's use of advanced statistical analysis techniques, including the use of SPSS analytic software.

PT 6402 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II - Spine - 4 Semester Hours

This course includes an introduction to the biomechanics, kinesiology, and specific terminology of spinal movement.  An emphasis of the course will be on applying evidenced-based practice in all areas of spinal management, to include the use of treatment based classification systems to guide the evaluation and treatment of patients with mechanical neck and back pain. Where little evidence exists, a pragmatic approach integrating basic principles of biomechanics and pathokinesiology will be used.  A large portion of the course is devoted to carefully monitored laboratory palpation, examination, and intervention sessions. Evidence-based interventions such as patient education, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy (muscle energy techniques, mobilization, and thrust manipulation) will build upon the models previously presented in your physical agents and the lower extremity courses.

PT 6503 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy III - Upper Member - 5 Semester Hours

This course includes the biomechanics, kinesiology, and clinical disorders of the upper member. This course, coupled with the Anatomy of the Upper Member, is designed to prepare students to competently examine a patient with upper 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.

PT 6511 Anatomy II - 5 Semester Hours

This course provides an in depth study of the back, thorax, abdomen, anterior thoraco-lumbar spine, anterior cervical spine, shoulder, arm, forearm and hand. Also discussed are the anatomy of the facial, TMJ structures, and the genitourinary system in an appropriate context for a physical therapist.

PT 6660 Physical Therapy Practice I - 6 Semester Hours

This course occurs at the conclusion of the second semester and consists of a full-time eight-week clinical experience at carefully selected medical treatment facilities. The emphasis of the experience is in the management of patients in a musculoskeletal, acute care, or in-patient orthopedic rehabilitation environments. A heavy emphasis of this clinical experience is for student integration of fundamental physical therapy skills and management of the musculoskeletal system.

Total Second Semester = 28 Semester Hours