Semester 3

PT 6107 Emerging Topics in Physical Therapy - 1 Semester Hour

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with lectures and interaction with a distinguished visiting professor. The topics and scholars are chosen annually by the faculty. Typically two visiting scholars provide a daylong interaction with the students. Topics include current issues in the practice and profession of physical therapy.

PT 6142 Clinical Medicine III - 1 Semester Hour

The information presented in this course will reinforce previous neurologic and pediatric education and assist students understanding and application of evidenced based examination, evaluation, assessment, treatment and referral of adult and pediatric patients with various neurological disorders.  This course presents a variety of clinical medicine topics to include adult neurology, pediatric neurology, management of cognitive disorders, and the mechanisms of speech and language disorders.

PT 6172 Research Methods III - 1 Semester Hour

This course is a continuation of Research Methods I and II 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 data collection and analysis, development of poster and platform presentations, oral research presentations, and individual research defense.

PT 6209 Primary Care Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy - 2 Semester Hours

This course will provide lectures, labs and case-based learning experiences in differential diagnosis and medical screening in clinical settings.  This course is taught in two sections and spans the duration of 3 academic semesters and the student’s clinical internship year.  During the 1st and 2nd semester a regional approach to primary care is covered in 1-hour instructional blocks for each of the seven regions.  The 3rd semester pulls from the regional course information and shifts the focus onto the various medical systems of the body and teaches the physical therapy student how to conduct a review of systems.  The student will integrate this knowledge during their internship clinical experience (4th semester) and apply it to a real patient case.

PT 6212 Neuroanatomy - 2 Semester Hours

This course presents a discussion of the normal anatomy of the brain and spinal cord and their supporting structures. Students are introduced to the Pain and Temperature, Discriminatory Touch and Conscious Proprioception, and Pyramidal Motor pathways and include an in-depth study of the microscopic structures of the central nervous system. A problem solving approach to fundamental neuroanatomical pathologies is used.

PT 6280 Executive Skills for Physical Therapists - 2 Semester Hours

This course is designed to help junior officer physical therapists develop their executive skills for future clinic leadership/management and for their future leadership positions. The course is the study of management leadership theory and concepts drawn from the behavioral and social sciences and applied to leadership and management in the diagnosis, prediction and analysis of human behavior in organizations. In addition to helping students understand and address change in their own leadership styles, the course addresses change theory, strategic planning, and consulting. The course also includes elements of clinic design and management, continuous quality improvement, legal and legislative issues in physical therapy, and consulting/health promotion. This course is specific to graduates’ needs as new Army/Air Force/Navy/Public Health physical therapists. The course has been tailored to the work of a physical therapy professional, where a large part of the position is dealing with people, including patients, personnel, supervisors, third party payers and other professionals. These same skills developed, as a junior officer, will serve the officer well in various future assignments with increased levels of responsibilities. This Executive Skills course is also closely aligned with the LAMP (leadership, administration, management preparation) skills identified by the APTA Section on Administration.

PT 6281 Physical Therapy in Deployed Environments - 2 Semester Hours

This course is designed to prepare uniformed service physical therapy students for their roles and responsibilities while deployed for combat operations and support/sustainment operations. The purpose of this course is derived from the principle of “Sports Medicine on the Battlefield - operational readiness through injury prevention and early intervention” developed at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. The concepts for managing injured elite athletes and returning them to the playing field as quickly and safely as possible share the goal of returning injured soldiers to their units in garrison or combat. This course provides students an opportunity to develop core-advanced competencies in orthopaedic triage and management of acute musculoskeletal and neurological injuries while deployed. These same evidence-based competencies are used to return injured soldiers - “tactical athletes” - to a high level of military technical and tactical readiness. This course also brings students to an advanced level of understanding in general medicine topics (triage, differential diagnosis, and orthopaedics) and methods of tracking procedures and patient outcomes.

PT 6282 Injury Control and Prevention - 2 Semester Hours

This course will provide an overview of methods to control/prevent musculoskeletal injuries in physical training environments to include special populations training.  It will introduce  you to the epidemiology of musculoskeletal physical training injuries, explore intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury as identified in the literature and teach you how to develop an injury control program utilizing the five basic steps of surveillance, research, intervention, outcomes measurement/program monitoring and program modification.  We will complete this course with a brief overview of the descriptive and analytical aspects of epidemiologic research as well as a review of specific study designs as applied to injury control research.

PT 6306 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy - 3 Semester Hours

The purpose of this module is to prepare physical therapists to consider the cardiovascular system as an integral component of all patients, not solely those patients who have manifest cardiovascular disease.  The primary emphasis is how therapeutic exercise can be used in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, including the effects of exercise on other established risk factors.  The student will receive instruction in principles of cardiopulmonary exercise physiology and how these principles can help guide them as they prescribe exercise in a variety of patients.  Physical Therapy assessment of patients with cardiovascular disease is addressed, as are the diagnostic imaging, and the medical (including pharmacological) and surgical management of patients.  Recommended staffing and operation of a cardiac rehabilitation service is presented, and techniques to maximize patient compliance with the Physical Therapy prescription are reviewed.

PT 6308 Lifespan Physical Therapy - 3 Semester Hours

The purpose of this course is to prepare physical therapy students to conduct a clinical examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention in pediatric and geriatric clients with neuromusculoskeletal disorders. A framework of normal development and aging will be presented and serve as a course foundation.

PT 6313 Neuroscience - 3 Semester Hours

Neuroscience is a formidably comprehensive discipline that combines neurobiology, molecular science, psychology, neuroanatomy, and neurophysiology.  The purpose of this course is to foster an understanding of human perception and movement from a basic science level. This course will complement Neuroanatomy instruction and will emphasize the functional aspects of various neural systems. Normal peripheral and central nervous system function and the pathophysiology of various neurological disorders will be discussed.  Both a conceptual understanding of the principles of CNS organization and some memorization of specific nuclei and pathways will be required. The primary end state of this course is a solid understanding of nervous system structure and function and a foundation that allows students to master future concepts that will be presented in the Neuromuscular Physical Therapy and the Lifespan Physical Therapy courses. 

PT 6333 Clinical Exercise Physiology - 3 Semester Hours

This course begins with an overview of cardiopulmonary physiology during rest and exercise in the well individual. Students are then introduced to the principles of exercise prescription for the well individual, American College of Sports Medicine exercise guidelines, exercise and nutritional approaches to weight loss, and screening for risk factors for physical activity. Practical exercises include field and laboratory exercise testing of strength, power and aerobic capacity.

PT 6354 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions - 3 Semester Hours

The purpose of this course is to prepare and equip physical therapists with advanced intervention skills to be used in the management of the musculoskeletal system.  An emphasis will be placed on skill advancement for clinical decision-making, developing and progressing integrated treatment plans, and honing the motor skills necessary for the effective application of spinal and extremity manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, trigger point dry needling, and therapeutic exercise.  Skill laboratories will include a core set of manual therapy procedures (mobilization and manipulation), soft tissue mobilizations, dry needling procedures, therapeutic taping procedures, and therapeutic exercise as they relate to clinical case scenarios.  Students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in designing and demonstrating a complete treatment plan using sound clinical and evidence-based reasoning.

PT 6405 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy - 4 Semester Hours

This course presents the physical therapy examination, evaluation, and intervention of clients with neurological conditions, including, but not limited to: polyneuropathy, spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Therapeutic interventions for clients with neurological impairments and activity limitations to be discussed include, but are not limited to: activities of daily living and functional training, assistive/adaptive devices, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, therapeutic exercise including PNF, facilitation/inhibition procedures, gait and balance training, orthoses, hydrotherapy, patient and family education.

Total Third Semester = 32 Semester Hours