Physical Therapy

Preclinical Experience

SAR PT 341 (0 credits)

The observation experience helps students to confirm their choice of Physical Therapy as a major, better understand the profession, and gain insight into the communication, knowledge base, and technical skills that successful physical therapist clinicians demonstrate. Sign up for this no credit, P/F required course, the semester that you intend to complete the 30 hours of observation in a health care setting that provides physical therapy. Completion of the observation hours, a reflection paper and a group discussion are required to complete the experience.

2016FALLSARPT341 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2017SPRGSARPT341 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Ind Study Pt

SAR PT 490 (Var credits)

2017SPRGSARPT490 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD
2017SPRGSARPT490 L1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System I

SAR PT 511 (6 credits)

This course reviews the anatomy and physiology of the cardiopulmonary system. This course will highlight the adult and pediatric dysfunctions of the cardiopulmonary system, medical and surgical care of this patient population, and the appropriate physical therapy interventions. Emphasis is placed on patient evaluation, medical assessment, treatment planning, and the performance of the appropriate procedures. In addition, patient compliance issues, ethical and legal aspects of physical therapy care, and the health care professional's own cardiopulmonary function will be addressed. Current research will be introduced throughout the course as appropriate.

2016FALLSARPT511 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 10:30 am 12:30 pm SAR 102
2016FALLSARPT511 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:30 pm 3:30 pm SAR B02
2016FALLSARPT511 B2, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:30 pm 5:30 pm SAR B02
2016FALLSARPT511 C1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:30 am 1:00 pm SAR 102

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System II

SAR PT 512 (2 credits)

This course is designed to expand the student's knowledge of cardiovascular and pulmonary systems as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. The student will gain an in-depth understanding of physical therapy examination, intervention, and management of peripheral vascular disease, wound care, prosthetic management for amputations, and cardiopulmonary disease. Laboratory sessions will facilitate the students understanding of lecture material and provide them with hands on physical therapy skills needed to care for patients with the above disorders. Current literature will be the basis for all lecture and lab sessions.

2017SPRGSARPT512 A1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 8:00 am 9:45 am SAR 102
2017SPRGSARPT512 B1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 11:00 am 1:00 pm SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT512 B2, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:00 pm 3:00 pm SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT512 C1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:10 am 11:55 am EPC 205

Physical Therapy Examination

SAR PT 515 (4 credits)

This course is designed to teach the process of physical therapy examination. The Nagi and ICF models of disablement will be utilized to develop a general framework for physical therapy examination across systems. The patient management model as outlined in the "Guide to PT Practice" will be introduced to provide a process for gathering information. Students will learn to identify disability level problems as well as functional limitations through patient history. Historical information will direct the examination. Analysis of functional tasks will be performed and used to develop hypotheses and direct impairment level testing. Students will learn to perform impairment level tests across systems. The process of establishing relationships between disabilities, functional limitations, and impairments will be introduced. The interaction of the individual, the task, and the environment will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to interventions that target task and environmental constraints. Medical terminology and methods of documentation will be incorporated.

Functional Anatomy

SAR PT 520 (4 credits)

This course builds on a previous knowledge of human musculoskeletal anatomy to examine human movement. Principles of biomechanics, connective tissue behavior and muscle physiology will be integrated with joint structure and function to form the basis of understanding normal and pathological movement.

Musculoskeletal System I

SAR PT 521 (6 credits)

This course is the first in a series of three for the musculoskeletal system. It is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills for prevention, examination, evaluation, and intervention of musculoskeletal impairments of posture and the upper extremity joints. The student will learn a systems approach to patient care. Specifically, this course will teach the student how to determine which impairments are related to specific functional limitations and disabilities of the individual with upper extremity disorders. It will consider upper extremity impairments throughout the life span, as well as throughout the natural history (acute through chronic) of the problem. An eclectic approach to interventions will be stressed.

2016FALLSARPT521 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 1:30 pm 3:30 pm SAR 102
R 8:00 am 10:00 am SAR 102
2016FALLSARPT521 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 2:00 pm 4:00 pm SAR B02
R 4:00 pm 6:00 pm SAR B02
2016FALLSARPT521 B2, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 4:00 pm 6:00 pm SAR B02
R 2:00 pm 4:00 pm SAR B02
2016FALLSARPT521 C1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:30 am 1:00 pm SAR 102

Musculoskeletal System II

SAR PT 522 (6 credits)

This course is the second in a series of three for the musculoskeletal systems. It is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills for prevention, examination, evaluation, and intervention of musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities. The student will build upon the systems approach to patient care. Specifically, this course will teach the student how to determine which impairments are related to specific functional limitations and disabilities of the individual with lower extremity disorders. It will consider lower extremity disorders throughout the life span, as well as throughout the natural history (acute through chronic) of the problem. An eclectic approach to interventions will be stressed. Laboratory sessions will develop the student's skills in examination and intervention techniques to address lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders.

2017SPRGSARPT522 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm SAR 102
2017SPRGSARPT522 B1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 1:00 pm 4:00 pm SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT522 B2, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 4:00 pm 7:00 pm SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT522 C1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:10 am 11:55 am SAR 102

Scientific Basis of Human Movement

SAR PT 550 (2 credits)

This course provides an overview of current theory and data that address the question of how humans select, perform, and learn skilled actions. Students will learn to apply basic principles of sensorimotor coordination and control to physical therapy evaluation and intervention planning, and learn how these principles can be used to guide treatment of dysfunctional movements, regardless of the type of underlying disease/injury, impairment, activity limitation or participation restriction. Emphasis will be placed on: (1) understanding how movements emerge from the interaction of individual, task, and environmental constraints; and (2) understanding the resources that the individual brings to any given skilled action (biomechanical, neuromuscular, sensory, cognitive and cardiopulmonary systems). The basic systems approach proposed by Bernstein for an adequate motor control theory will be used as a way to critique theories currently used as a basis for physical therapy, and to introduce the concepts of system constraints and of dynamical systems theory. The ways in which the constraints/dynamics approach can be integrated with the disablement model adopted by the APTA in its clinical practice guidelines (the World Health Organization's ICF model) will be identified. The results will allow the student to gain insight into how to conceptualize a holistic model of the factors that influence the patient's behavior, identify causes of problems, and learn a thought process for evaluation and treatment.

2016FALLSARPT550 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:00 pm 2:00 pm SAR 101

Neuroscience for Physical Therapy Students

SAR PT 551 (4 credits)

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the normal development and function of the nervous system. It is assumed that you have a basic understanding of anatomy & physiology (e.g. cell structure, ionic exchange, and action potentials). This is a basic science course that serves as a building block for successive clinical courses.

2017SPRGSARPT551 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:35 pm 5:30 pm CAS B12
W 3:35 pm 5:30 pm CAS B12
2017SPRGSARPT551 B1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 8:00 am 8:50 am SAR B01
2017SPRGSARPT551 B2, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 9:05 am 9:55 am SAR B01
2017SPRGSARPT551 B3, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:20 pm 1:10 pm SAR B01
2017SPRGSARPT551 B4, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 7:00 am 7:50 am SAR B01

Integrated Clinical Experience I

SAR PT 555 (1 credits)

This is the first in a series of two courses which will integrate course content taught in the DPT curriculum with clinical experiences, incorporating all components of the patient/client management model. Through review of patient records, patient interviews, and examination and treatment of non-complex patients or diagnoses, students will develop skills in the process of clinical decision making, obtaining patient data, and treatment progression. This course will be closely aligned with concomitant academic preparation to enable students to practice recently learned skills in a clinical environment. Additionally, the student will begin to understand clinical teaching, the role of the PT in relation to other health care providers, and issues involved in the delivery of physical therapy, including professionalism, interpersonal skills, communication, and law and ethics.

2016FALLSARPT555 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 9:00 am 12:00 pm PHO 210

Integrated Clinical Experience II

SAR PT 565 (1 credits)

This is the second in a series of two courses which will continue to integrate course content taught in the DPT curriculum with clinical experiences incorporating all components of the patient/client management model. Through review of patient records, patient interviews, and observation and treatment of non-complex patients or diagnoses, students will develop skills in the process of clinical decision making, obtaining patient data, and treatment progression. This course will be closely aligned with concomitant academic preparation to enable students to practice recently learned skills in a clinical environment. Additionally, the student will begin to understand clinical teaching, the role of the PT in relation to other health care providers, and issues involved in the delivery of physical therapy, including professionalism, interpersonal skills, communication, and law and ethics.

2017SPRGSARPT565 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 1:25 pm 2:15 pm SAR 102

Musculoskeletal System III

SAR PT 623 (6 credits)

This course is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills for prevention, examination, evaluation, and intervention of musculoskeletal disorders of the spine and TM joints. It is the third in a series of musculoskeletal based classes and will complete the required musculoskeletal content of the PT program. The student will learn an evidence-based and systems approach to patient care. Specifically, this course will teach the student how to determine which impairments are related to specific functional limitations and disabilities of the individual with spinal disorders. It will consider spinal impairments throughout the life span as well as throughout the natural history of the problem. An eclectic approach to interventions will be stressed along with current literature findings.

2017SPRGSARPT623 A1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 10:10 am 11:55 am SAR 102
F 10:10 am 11:55 am SAR 102
2017SPRGSARPT623 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:00 am 11:00 am SAR B02
R 9:00 am 11:00 am SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT623 B2, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 11:00 am 1:00 pm SAR B02
R 11:00 am 1:00 pm SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT623 C1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 9:05 am 9:55 am SAR 102

Diagnostic Procedures for Rehabilitation Professionals

SAR PT 634 (4 credits)

This course will identify and describe various modes of imaging techniques and tests used in medical practice for the neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems. The process of diagnosis in the context of the physical therapist's practice will be discussed. Identification of basic radiological pathology and tests results that directly impact physical therapy care and prognostication will be emphasized, as well as integration of test/imaging results in the physical therapy evaluation and plan of care. Correlation of test results with clinical examination findings will be emphasized to allow the student to engage in professional dialogue with other health care providers, including collaboration with radiologists. Diagnostic procedures covered in the course will include but not be limited to: X-ray, CT scan, MRI, bone scan, fluoroscopy, PET, SPECT, EMG/NCV, ECG, echocardiogram, thallium scan, exercise testing, cardiac catheterization, angiogram, MRA, CBC, electrolytes, lipid profiles, cardiac enzymes, and oncology markers.

2016FALLSARPT634 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 8:00 am 11:00 am CAS B18

Neurological System I

SAR PT 652 (6 credits)

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with a foundation for examining, evaluating, and determining appropriate interventions for individuals who have movement dysfunction secondary to neurological deficits. Students will learn the key elements of the neurological examination and its basis in functional neuroanatomy. Students will become skilled in conducting a neurological examination which is guided by the pathophysiology, patient history, and functional deficits associated with or resulting from disease or injury to the nervous system. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding normal and impaired movement through discussion of current motor control and motor learning theories. The Nagi and ICF models of disablement will be used as frameworks for examining and evaluating movement dysfunction and for developing a plan of care.

2016FALLSARPT652 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 12:00 pm 2:00 pm SCI 117
W 3:00 pm 5:00 pm SAR 102
2016FALLSARPT652 B1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 8:00 am 10:30 am SAR B02
2016FALLSARPT652 B2, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 10:30 am 1:00 pm SAR B02
2016FALLSARPT652 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 11:00 am 12:30 pm SAR 102

Neurological System II

SAR PT 653 (6 credits)

This course is a continuation of Neurological Systems I and emphasizes evidence based physical therapy management for people who have specific neurological disorders. In PT652, a general foundation was developed for examining, evaluating, and determining appropriate interventions for individuals who have movement dysfunction secondary to neurological deficits. PT 653 will build on the foundation developed in PT 652 by considering how specific neurological disorders guide physical therapy practice. The course will focus on pathophysiology, examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, plan of care, intervention, and expected outcomes for commonly encountered diagnoses in neurorehabilitation such as Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Parkinson's Disease, and Cerebral Palsy. Common diagnostic groups are chosen with the intent of enhancing specific knowledge as well as developing a general problem solving approach that applies to any type of neurological diagnosis. The included diagnoses will illustrate how decision-making in physical therapy takes into account issues of age (life span), natural history, stage in the disease process, and nature (stable vs. progressive) of specific neurological disorders. Students will learn to develop a plan for examination, including the most sensitive and specific standardized examination tools, and to develop a plan of care that is specific to various diagnostic groups and that is based on current evidence.

2017SPRGSARPT653 A1, Jan 23rd to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MW 12:20 pm 2:05 pm SAR 101
2017SPRGSARPT653 B1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:00 pm 6:00 pm SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT653 B2, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:00 pm 6:00 pm SAR B02
2017SPRGSARPT653 C1, Jan 20th to Apr 28th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:20 pm 1:10 pm SAR 102

Academic Practicum I

SAR PT 681 (1 credits)

The Academic Practicum I experience provides students with the opportunity to apply and enhance their knowledge and skill while completing a more in depth and practical experience in one of four areas of their choosing: education, health promotion, clinical research or health care management. Students will identify an area of interest and collaborate with a mentor to design and begin implementation of a project that extends over two semesters.

2017SPRGSARPT681 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 10:10 am 11:55 am CAS 316

Independent Study in Physical Therapy

SAR PT 690 (Var credits)

Work on a special project developed by contract and conducted under supervision of a faculty member.

2016FALLSARPT690 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Clinical Education Seminar I

SAR PT 691 (1 credits)

This course is the first in a series of three seminars related to clinical education experiences of students in the Doctoral of Physical Therapy Program. The content is rooted in professional behaviors, ethics, and the core values of accountability, compassion/ caring, integrity, and professional duty, in the practice of physical therapy. The seminars are designed to bridge clinical and classroom experiences in these areas through the use of discussion, reflective learning, real life examples from clinical experiences, case studies, and collaborative learning. This first course/seminar will also provide tools to assist the student with choosing and maximizing future clinical experiences.

2016FALLSARPT691 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 9:00 am 10:30 am SED 140
2016FALLSARPT691 A2, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:00 am 12:30 pm MET B02B

Clinical Education Seminar II

SAR PT 692 (1 credits)

This course is the second in a series of three seminars related to clinical education experiences. The content is rooted in professional behaviors, ethics, and the core values of accountability, altruism, compassion/ caring, excellence, integrity, professional duty, and social responsibility in the practice of physical therapy. The seminars are designed to bridge clinical and classroom experiences in these areas through the use of discussion, reflective learning, real life examples from clinical experiences, case studies, and collaborative learning. This course will also provide tools to assist the student with choosing and maximizing future clinical experiences.

2017SPRGSARPT692 A1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 9:30 am 10:45 am SAR 102
2017SPRGSARPT692 A2, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 11:00 am 12:15 pm SAR 104