Course Descriptions

SEMESTER ONE

DPT 6100 Professional Competencies I (1 sem credit)
Introduces students to professional roles and responsibilities of the physical therapist in healthcare. Integrates emotional/social intelligence, concepts of flourishing, learning theories, learning styles, characteristics of learners through the lifespan, and literacy and communication issues for patients. Prepares students for the professional curriculum and clinical practice as life-long learners.
Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

DPT 6200 Evidence Based Practice I (2 sem credits)
Introduces general research and evidence-based principles by exploring research methodologies used in health care research. Examines the formulation of clinical questions, searches appropriate literature sources, and critically appraises the evidence. Addresses literature searches and evidence based analysis of research with emphasis on clinical decision-making.
Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

DPT 6300 Human Physiology (3 sem credits)
Studies medical physiologic principles necessary for physical activity and the associated effects of physical activity on health and wellness across the lifespan. Explores the physiology and pathophysiology of the cellular, integumentary, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems.
Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

DPT 6310 Health Promotion and Fitness Management (3 sem credits)
Introduces patient-centered care that includes components of prevention, health promotion, wellness, and fitness. Students will explore the various domains and influencers of health while identifying appropriate screening/testing procedures, individual patient/client needs, and applicability to care, as well as targeted interventions at the individual and community level.
Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

DPT 6390 Movement Science (3 sem credits)
Studies the foundations and clinical relevance of motor control, motor learning. normal and abnormal gait, and movement analysis constructs. Emphasis is on the integration of theory, structured movement analysis of activities performed in daily life, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model to inform clinical decision making in physical therapist practice. 
Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

DPT 6400 Physical Therapy Fundamentals (4 sem credits)
Introduces fundamental physical therapy skills for various clinical settings and a patient management framework used throughout the curriculum. Lab activities focus on psychomotor skills including goniometry, range of motion, muscle testing, and anthropometric measures. Presents techniques for documentation, medical reviews, examination tests and measures, and measuring patient outcomes.
Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

DPT 6410 Human Anatomy I (4 sem credits)
Introduces foundational knowledge of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. Explores clinical application of embryology, histology, and function anatomy related to human movement across the lifespan. Laboratory experiences include 3-dimensional anatomy software, living/surface anatomy, and synthetic human anatomical models. Anatomical regions covered include lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremities.
Prerequisite: Admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

DPT 6430 Human Anatomy II (4 sem credits)
Expands foundational knowledge of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. Explores clinical application of embryology, histology, and function anatomy relation to human movement across the lifespan. Laboratory experiences include 3-dimensional anatomy software, living/surface anatomy, and synthetic human anatomical models. Anatomical regions covered include cervical/thoracic spines, thorax, and upper extremities.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of DPT 6410 Human Anatomy I

SEMESTER TWO

DPT 6210 Therapeutic Interventions II (2 sem credits)
Introduces the principles and application of selected physical agents for the management of patients with pain and tissue injury, while addressing impairments related to mobility, strength, and motor control. Integrates current evidence and clinical decision-making to emphasize appropriate selection, instruction, and progression of interventions. 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 1 courses

DPT 6220 Bracing, Orthotics & Prosthetics  (2 sem credits)
This course takes students through common orthotics and braces utilized in physical therapy practice. Functional and surgical anatomy of lower limb amputations and conditions requiring lower quarter orthotic and prosthetic intervention are presented. Lab activities emphasize gait analysis, movement analysis, residual limb management, orthotics, prosthetics, and amputee rehabilitation.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 1 courses

DPT 6230 Evidence Based Practice II (2 sem credits)
Expands elements of applied research design and statistics that foster students becoming intelligent consumers of scientific literature. Items related to measurement, research design, statistical analysis, critical inquiry, and strength of evidence are presented. Provides framework for subsequent courses in which scientific foundations of physical therapy practice are presented.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 1 courses

DPT 6331 Therapeutic Interventions I (3 sem credits)
This course introduces foundational biomechanical and physiological principles related to therapeutic interventions. Principles and application of therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and healing response for the management of patients with pain and mobility impairments are presented. The course emphasizes current evidence and clinical decision-making to facilitate appropriate selection, instruction and progression of interventions.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 1 courses

DPT 6440 Musculoskeletal Practice II (4 sem credits)
Explores the clinical application of biomechanics, functional movement, and examination principles for musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lower extremities. Concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 1 courses

DPT 6450 Clinical Neuroscience (4 sem credits)
Explores the neuroscience of the movement system, with emphasis on the neuroanatomical structures and neurophysiological functions of the motor and sensory systems that regulate movement. Lab activities emphasize elements of the neurologic examination and an introduction to common outcome measures and assessment tools.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 1 courses

DPT 6500 Musculoskeletal Practice I (5 sem credits)
Initiates the clinical application of biomechanics, functional movement, and examination principles for musculoskeletal dysfunction of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hip regions. Concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 1 courses

SEMESTER THREE

DPT 6240 Mindful Patient Management (2 sem credits)
Studies the professional roles physical therapists need for culturally competent interactions with patients, healthcare team members, and society. Applies the principles of "mindful practice," motivational interviewing, and empathetic caring into the patient care setting. Students use patient scenarios to practice, self-access, and self-reflect on interviewing skills.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 2 courses

DPT 6320 Neuromuscular Practice I (3 sem credits)
Studies the management of individuals with neurologic health conditions, with emphasis on stroke, based on neurophysiological and patho-kinesiological mechanisms that result in movement system impairments in body structure/function, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Emphasizes the application and integration of motor control/learning, theoretical constructs, evidence-based practice, and the patient/client management model.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 2 courses

DPT 6340 Neuromuscular Practice II (3 sem credits)
Continues the study of the management of individuals with neurological health conditions, with emphasis on spinal cord injury, brain injury, vestibular disorders, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuromuscular disorders, and central nervous system cancers. Emphasizes the application and integration of the movement system, motor control/learning, theoretical constructs, evidence-based practice, and the patient/client management model.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 2 courses

DPT 6380 Management of the Aging Adult (3 sem credits)
Introduces the physiologic changes of aging and sociologic and economic consequences of an aging population. Reviews natural aging processes and how complicating factors such as vascular compromise, fall risk, and comorbidities negatively impact the aging adult. Lab activities focus patient management skills on the aging adult patient.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 2 courses

DPT 6460 Musculoskeletal Practice IV (4 sem credits)
Explores the clinical application of biomechanics, functional movement, and examination principles for musculoskeletal dysfunction of the upper extremities. Concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 2 courses

DPT 6470 Cardiopulmonary Practice (4 sem credits)
Explores the management of patients with cardiovascular, metabolic, and pulmonary causes of movement dysfunction across a variety of clinical settings using the disablement framework. Lab activities include, but are not limited to, ECG analysis, exercise testing, heart and lung auscultation, lung function testing, and chest examinations.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 2 courses

DPT 6510 Musculoskeletal Practice III (5 sem credits)
Explores the clinical application of biomechanics, functional movement, and examination principles for musculoskeletal dysfunction of the cervicothoracic region. Concentrates on the application of psychomotor skills related to regional palpation, examination, and evidence-based interventions emphasizing patient education, manual therapy, and therapeutic exercise in a patient-centered approach across the lifespan.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 2 courses

SEMESTER FOUR

DPT 6260 Pharmacology (2 sem credits)
Introduces pharmacologic principles, their use in common pathological processes, and their impact on patient management across the lifespan. The impact of medications on patient presentations, timing of rehabilitation sessions, and physical therapy outcomes are emphasized. Content included cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, urogenital, rheumatologic, and integumentary systems.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Semester 3 courses

DPT 6280 Advanced Diagnostics (2 sem credits)
Integrates concepts of advanced diagnostic testing and imaging of the major systems of the body regions related to physical therapy practice. Specific content reviews diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, nuclear medicine, radiographs, and the interpretation of medical diagnostic tests. Rationales and guidelines for examination selection are discussed.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 3 courses

DPT 6350 Management of the Pediatric Patient (3 sem credits)
Presents fundamental concepts for the physical therapy management of children with musculoskeletal, neurological, and/or cardiopulmonary impairments. A framework of normal development and again from birth to young adulthood serves as a course foundation. Topics include developmental delay and disability, family-centered use, advocacy, and assistive technologies.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 3 courses

DPT 6580 Management of Complex Patient (5 sem credits)
Introduces patient management strategies for the medically complex patient. Community-based strategies and outpatient management for patients with primary disease or comorbidities of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, oncologic, lymphatic, and integumentary systems is emphasized. Students will design individual and community-based interventions for effective disease management.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 3 courses

DPT 6810 Physical Therapy Practice I (8 sem credits)
Develops student examination, evaluation, and intervention skills during an eight-week mentored clinical internship. Utilizes interpersonal communication with patients/clients, family, and healthcare staff. Emphasizes evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning skills. Students are expected to demonstrate professionalism and progress toward competency as a clinician as rated on a standardized rating instrument.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 3 courses

SEMESTER FIVE

DPT 6250 Integrative Pain Sciences (2 sem credits)
Provides an overview of managing patients with chronic pain syndromes and associated psychosocial factors using emerging and contemporary concepts of pain assessment, treatment, and outcomes. Current best practice techniques and research are integrated to provide discussion of the multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary nature of chronic pain.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 4 courses

DPT 6290 Primary Care Physical Therapy (2 sem credits)
Explores the therapist's role as an interdependent practitioner working within a collaborative medical model. Presenting the clincal tools and decision-making processes necessary to more efficiently and effectively collect, evaluate, and communicate examination date while promoting differential diagnostic principles and clinical decision-making.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 4 courses

DPT 6360 Advanced Patient Management (3 sem credits)
Develops advanced clinical reasoning and intervention skills for management of patients with neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. Students develop dry needling skills and refine previously introduced manual therapy and therapeutic exercise skills. Lab activities use case scenarios to challenge clincal reasoning for the development and progression of comprehensive treatment plans.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 4 courses

DPT 6370 Business Management and Entrepreneurship (3 sem credits)
Provides an overview of practice management fundamentals and applies principles to various aspects of leadership and personal development, strategic planning, and business operations. Students gain knowledge in health care management, leadership, strategic planning, human resources, finance, organizational structures, and fiscal management as they relate to physical therapy practice.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 4 courses

DPT 6820 Physical Therapy Practice II (8 sem credits)
Develops student examination, evaluation, and intervention skills during an 8-week mentored clinical internship. Utilizes interpersonal communication with patients/clients, family, and healthcare staff. Emphasizes evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills as an adult learner and medical professional. PT CPI performance expectations are at intermediate and advanced intermediate levels.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 4 courses

DPT 6110 Capstone I (1 sem credit)
Integrates and applies knowledge gained from previous courses and clinical experiences. Comprehensively reviews body systems, pathophysiological mechanisms, examination procedures and management strategies consistent with evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines. Utilizes independent study and sample examinations, with a musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems focus. Prepares students for exit examination based on FSBPT Content Outline.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 4 courses

SEMESTER SIX

DPT 6270 Professional Competencies II (2 sem credits)
Prepares students professionally and emotionally for clinical practice, as a lifelong learner and educator in the physical therapy profession. Explores major forms of health care delivery and how they interact with physical therapy services, including but not limited to, medical ethics, health care regulations, and risk management strategies.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 5 courses

DPT 6120 Capstone II (1 sem credit)
Integrates and applies knowledge gained from previous courses and clinical experiences. Comprehensively reviews body systems, pathophysiological mechanisms, examination procedures and management strategies consistent with evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines. Utilizes independent study and sample examinations, with a musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems focus. Prepares students for exit examination based on FSBPT Content Outline.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 5 courses

DPT 6V10 Physical Therapy Practice III (15 sem credits)
Progresses students to entry-level patient management skills during a 15-week mentored clinical internship. Students refine interpersonal communication and professional socialization skills with patients/clients, family, and healthcare staff. Develops advanced evidence-based patient management and clinical reasoning skills. PT CPI performance expectations are at entry-level by the conclusion of the internship.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Semester 5 courses

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